All About Marijuana
Marijuana has been the talk of the town for the past few decades. It has captivated the hearts and attention of many people all around the world. Resultantly the need for Marijuana has elevated, and people started devising methods to cultivate Marijuana that is good for health. Marijuana is a plant that originated from the family of Cannaceae with three different species, which include: Marijuana Sativa, Indica, and ruderalis. Marijuana Sativa and Marijuana indica are generally very long, about 13 feet. Female plants of this type produce about 31% of THC. Meanwhile, Marijuana ruderalis is shorter, with trace amounts of THC and higher concentrations of CBD.
Marijuana is being widely used in the United States of America as well as worldwide. It is predicted that this industry can become worth billions of dollars and the reason is its ability to act as a versatile kind of medication. Studies indicate that it has the potential to manage health conditions such as epilepsy, chronic pain, and anxiety.
But any user of Marijuana can tell you that not all Marijuana is similar in properties and the effects they produce. Let’s take a look at the family of Marijuana strains and what they offer.
What is a Marijuana strain?
All strains or types of Marijuana plants are derived from the parent family Cannabaceae. You might have heard terms like hybrid, Sativa, and Indica. People generally divide Marijuana into these three categories. However, some people think Indica and Sativa are the subspecies of the main Cannabaceae family while others think that they both are separate species.
Marijuana Indica is believed to provide relaxing effects on the user, and it was found in the Hindu Kush mountains of the subcontinent. Marijuana Sativa strains offer energizing effects and hybrids are believed to be a combination of Indica and Sativa.
Characteristics of desirable strain
To produce strains Marijuana growers, select a variety of traits in different plants so that they can produce the effects that are required. A variety of Marijuana plants are crossbred to develop and use a plant or a strain that offers specific characteristics such as potency, flavor, and aroma.
Among these desired characteristics one of the most important factors considered in a Marijuana strain is the amount of THC or tetrahydrocannabinol. The compound of Marijuana is highly intoxicating. Apart from its concentration the amount of other therapeutic cannabinoids of Marijuana is also considered while producing a strain such as CBD, terpenes, etc.
Nevertheless, experts are of the view that none can guess the exact composition of the Marijuana strain by looking at its height or leaves. The true chemical composition of the Marijuana plant can only be analyzed through biochemical tests in the laboratory.
How does Marijuana work?
Marijuana can interact with the human body at the molecular level. They can bind to the endocannabinoid receptors that are present in our brains and body. The endocannabinoid system is the main cell signaling mechanism of our body, which is responsible for maintaining numerous important physiological functions such as pain, inflammation, memory, cognitive functions, mood, and mental health. These exogenous cannabinoids extracted from marijuana resemble the endocannabinoids produced in the body, which is why they can mimic their function and help the body perform better.
Benefits of marijuana
Medical Marijuana has gained significant popularity in recent years for its health benefits. Several pieces of research have proved that the Marijuana plant is capable of replacing traditional medicines such as relaxants and pain killers.
The human body can experience a vast range of effects after consuming Marijuana. Either your body will feel energized or calm depending upon your medical need. Other than being a remedy for pain or anxiety, it can be utilized to treat conditions like nausea, chronic pain, seizures, etc.
Medical marijuana can be used for the following health issues
- Eating disorders such as anorexia
- Mental health conditions like schizophrenia and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Multiple sclerosis
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Appetite loss
- Crohn’s disease
- Diseases affecting the immune system
- Muscle spasms
- Wasting syndrome (cachexia)
Side Effects of Marijuana
Excess and long-term use of the rich marijuana strains can cause a wide range of side effects:
- Altered Senses
- Altered Sense Of Time
- Changes In Mood
- Impaired Body Movement
- Difficulty With Thinking And Problem-Solving
- Impaired Memory
Marijuana has become the hottest topic around the world. As more and more study is being carried out on the benefits of this compound, its legalization process is also growing rapidly. It has two main chemical components that are popular for their therapeutic and recreational effects. THC or Delta 9 tetrahydrocannabinol is the main intoxicating component of marijuana, and its dense concentration can be found in Marijuana Indica. Marijuana, on the other hand, is completely non-psychoactive and offers numerous health benefits.
Recently Marijuana has gained traction among athletes and regular gym-goers. It has proven to be quite beneficial for people who are interested in building muscle and practice moderate to intense workouts regularly. Let’s take a look at how Marijuana can be coupled with the workout but first let’s get into how it works in our bodies.