Pot 101: Basic things to know about Marijuana

Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ9-THC), (commonly called THC) is the principal psychoactive constituent of the cannabis plant. This is the most active ingredient in Cannabis but it is only one of 60 "cannabinoids" produced in the plant. Many of the other cannabinoids have medicinal effects but it is the THC that produces the "high" effect.

All the Cannabinoids are produced in the Trichomes which grow like tiny hairs on the leaves of the plant. The round head of the trichome is where the Cannabinoids are produced.
Read more about Trichomes here
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Cannabis trichome marijuana

Hash is made by collecting just the trichomes. Hash is normally 30-40% THC.

Hash Oil is made by dissolving the THC out of the trichomes with a solvent, then when you evaporate the solvent off, you're left with pure THC oil which is often 60-80% THC.

There are actually Many different Cannabinoids.
Read more about the medicinal effects of each one here....

Terpenes also have medicinal effects. Read more here...

 

Marijuana effects everyone a little differently, but in general,
Indica and Sativa are the two main groups of plants, and the average effects of each group are listed below.

Sativa

Day Time Use
Cerebral High
Energetic
Stimulates Appetite
Enhances Creativity
Relieves Depression
Higher THC level

Treats: Depression, fatigue, ADD, Mood disorders

Indica

Night Time Use
Sedative Body High
Higher CBD Level

Treats: Anxiety, Insomnia, Pain, Muscle spasms, PTSD, Cancer,

Read more about Indica / Sativa differences here.

On the menu page of this website, you may notice that many varieties are crosses between Indica and Sativa parents. The resulting variety will often be listed as a percentage of each parent, such as 20% Sativa and 80% Indica.


The effects you experience will also depend on whether you inhale the cannabis, or eat it. Inhaling produces a much faster onset, but the effects will also wear off within 1-3 hours. When you eat cannabis, the symptoms may not show up for 30-45 minutes, but the effects will last much longer.

smoking a joint

Is pot smoking bad for your lungs? It seems to be the general consensus for all the studies I've read, that smoking cannabis is somewhere between harmless and low risk. It's definitely not even in the same ballpark with the level of risk from smoking cigarettes. However, smoke is made up of small particles of burned plant matter which can irritate your lungs - especially if you have any sort of previous lung or immune system problems.

Read lots more about Cancer risk studies here...
This study shows no connection between Cancer and smoking Marijuana

 

Minimizing Smoking Risks..... Cannabis consumers who desire the rapid onset of action associated with inhalation but who are concerned about the potential harms of noxious smoke can dramatically cut down on their intake of compounds in the smoke by using a vaporizer instead of smoking.

Vaporizing limits respiratory toxins by heating the cannabis only to a temperature where the THC vaporizes, but below the point of combustion where noxious smoke is produced.

Vaporization will deliver quick doses of cannabinoids while reducing the users intake of smoke.
Ingesting cannabis is equally safe, but the effects take 30-45 minutes before you can begin to feel anything.

Portable Vaporizers that are small and easy to carry...

These two are very similar and very highly rated by Natures Meds users.

vaporizer
vaporizer

Tabletop Vaporizers for home use...

Tabletop vaporizers are much more controllable - you can dial in the temperature to get different compounds in the cannabis to vaporize. Each temperature will give you a slightly different effect in the high you feel.

My top 3 reccomended Models

My favorite Tabletop Vaporizer
This one is less expensive
The least expensive Tabletop version

marijuana cannabis vaporizer


Senior citizens who may be curious about Medical Marijuana should definitely
watch this video.

 

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