When people hear about marijuana, or you suggesting trying it for that matter, they’d often have any of the following reactions:
What? Are you crazy? Are you a junkie?
Are you trying to get me in trouble with the law?
I’m telling on you.
Like seriously, hold your horses’ guys. Not every sentence that starts with the word marijuana has to end badly. What many fail to remember is that before marijuana became a staple in a hippie’s diet, it’s a medicinal drug used by tribes and indigenous people of old to help cure ailments and diseases. It was primarily used to subdue pain as well. It’s only that people always end up finding a way to abuse nature’s treasures that we always end up in trouble. Read more about its history here: https://www.medicaldaily.com/brief-history-medical-cannabis-ancient-anesthesia-modern-dispensary-370344.
The Psychoactive Component Of Marijuana
When you speak of the big MJ, people often think of “getting high” and “going tripping.” This is because the plant, when ingested or smoked, has a psychoactive effect caused by one of its key components. To date, scientists have identified 113 cannabinoids in the marijuana plant or Cannabis. These cannabinoids are generally safe and harmless to the human body, except for one rouge component: THC.
THC or Tetrahydrocannabinol is the only psychoactive compound identified in Cannabis. However, alone, it has a pretty strong influence which is why its effects are evident in anyone who takes the drug. The effects include light-headedness, increased appetite, the feeling of being on “cloud-9,” hallucinations and delusional thoughts (in some reported cases), and drowsiness as reported by most users (read more about it). In other words, it’s an escape drug used by many individuals to temporarily withdraw from reality.
So I just made marijuana sound like your typical gateway drug that is bound to ruin your life and future but stay tuned because we are just getting to the good part.
What Is Marijuana Without THC?
As I previously mentioned earlier, THC is the only psychoactive compound found in Cannabis. So it isn’t so right to brand the rest of the plant’s components as “detrimental to health. After all, all the 112 cannabinoids left have either no significant effects or have positive effects. This is at least true about cannabidiol.
That’s right. If you really think about it, marijuana wouldn’t be as controversial if it only had bad effects on mental and physical health. The reason why its legalization is still a hot topic to this day is because authorities are constantly torn between its health risks and benefits. Does the risk outweigh the benefits or is it the other way around?
Some states in America have already made their call. They have already legalized the use of Cannabis but with some ground rules set, such as you can’t grow and sell the plant commercially or you can’t purchase more than a certain amount. These regulations are set to make people avoid overusing the plant and therefore, defeating the reason why it was legalized in the first place.
Other states have yet to legalize marijuana but they have given permission to the commercial sale of Cannabis-derived products. One of the most popular is CBD or Cannabidiol products which may include oils, creams, supplements and candy. CBD has become so popular that many other places worldwide are considering the sale of it. Here’s why:
What Is CBD?
CBD is yet another cannabinoid that belong to the 113 found in the Cannabis plant. Cannabidiol is isolated and processed separately to create products that have astonishingly remarkable effects to human and animal health. Yes, we now have CBD products for humans and CBD products for pets.
Many studies have found CBD to be an effective pain reliever and is used to manage conditions that have chronic pain as a symptom. It has also been known to boost the body’s immune system as well as help reduce the risks of cancer (although more research is required to attest this and back-up this data). In other words, marijuana, if stripped off THC, is a health-aiding, medicinal compound that can help improve human lifestyle. And because the plant is so easy to grow, producing such supplements and oils is easy. It is abundant in nature and if we know how to manage resources; it’s something that can never run out.
Many more countries consider approving CBD as we speak. Some states are constantly in talks about the plant’s legalization. But even if marijuana itself isn’t approved for commercial use, at least letting CBD be allowed for public purchase would be great news already. In fact, I think it would be the safest option for conservative countries that also do not want to refuse the masses’ of Cannabis’s medicinal properties.
Let’s just hope for a bright, healthy, and green future in the industry of medicine. One where people do not abuse what is beneficial and instead, uses it to improve their health and lifestyle.