- Theophrastus (371-287BC) pens the first Greek botanical description of cannabis.
- Some prefer to take it alone, to socialize with their thoughts, with a book, or with nature.
- From others, it’s social, talking with great animation, filled with colorful non-sequiturs.
- For some, it’s like salt to sprinkle onto canned entertainment, to make it tasty.
- For some, it’s just an everyday fact of life.
Cannabis (also known as marijuana, weed, pot, grass, herb, and many others) is a preparation of the cannabis plant that produces psychoactive effects when consumed (via smoking, vaporizing, or ingestion). The principal psychoactive constituent of cannabis is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which makes up one of 483 known compounds in the plant, including at least 84 other cannabinoids such as cannabidiol (CBD), cannabinol (CBN), tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV), and cannabigerol (CBG).
The genus cannabis is indigenous to central Asia and the Indian subcontinent. The earliest recorded uses of cannabis date from the 3rd millennium BC. At least three species are recognized: Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica, and Cannabis ruderalis. In modern times, cannabis is used for recreational or medicinal and religious or spiritual purposes.
Since the early 20th century, cannabis has been subject to legal restrictions with the possession, use, and sale of cannabis preparations containing psychoactive cannabinoids currently illegal in most countries of the world. According to a United Nations report, cannabis is the most used illicit drug in the world. In 2004, the U.N. estimated that global consumption patterns of cannabis indicated that approximately 4% of the adult world population (162 million people) used cannabis annually and that approximately 0.6% (22.5 million) of people used cannabis daily. Psychonautwiki
Scientific Evidence of Medicinal Efficacy
Small doses of a THC compound found in marijuana have made old mice suddenly come alive with a “young brain, according to a study by a team of Bonn University researchers and colleagues from The Hebrew University in Jerusalem, published in the journal Nature Medicine. – Read More
The clinically and statistically significant evidence of an association between medical cannabis program enrollment and opioid prescription cessation and reductions and improved quality of life warrants further investigations on cannabis as a potential alternative to prescription opioids for treating chronic pain. – Read More
Despite the current administration’s constant anti-cannabis rhetoric, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) has confirmed that teen marijuana use has dropped in almost every state that has legalized recreational cannabis. – Read More
Open dispensaries provide over $30,000 per year in social benefit in terms of larcenies prevented. authors concluded. Researchers identified an immediate increase in criminal activity – particularly property crime, larceny, and auto break ins – in the areas where dispensary operations were forced to close as compared to crime rates in those neighborhoods where marijuana retailers remained open for business. “We find no evidence that closures decreased crime,” they reported. “Instead, we find a significant relative increase in crime around closed dispensaries.” – Read More
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