Oct 4, 2016 9:20 AM

5 Things Everyone Should Know About Cannabis

Cannabis has been used for medical purposes for centuries. However, many people still find marijuana dangerous and unwanted. Whether you are a pot enthusiast or an opponent of the idea, below are five facts about weed you may find interesting.

1. Not All Marijuana Is the Same

Cannabis has plenty of different varieties and can provide absolutely different effects. Generally, there are two main species of cannabis that are widely used for both medical and recreational purposes. Cannabis sativa is an invigorating and energizing herb. It is an effective treatment for depression and chronic fatigue. Cannabis indica has an opposite effect; its sedative and sleepy impact is used to eliminate the symptoms of anxiety and insomnia.

The amount of the primary psychoactive compound, THC, is responsible for the psychoactive features of cannabis.

2. There Are Non-Psychoactive Varieties of Cannabis

Low-THC and high-CBD strains do not have any mind-altering effects. These strains will give you a calm, relaxing sensation without the cognitive effects. Do you still think smoking any type of marijuana will get you high? It is nothing more than a myth.

3. All Parts of Cannabis Can Be Used

Flowers are the most frequently used part of cannabis. However, its leaves can be used for making awesome smoothies and juices, while dried stems are often saved for preparing a relaxing tea. Hemp root has been used as medicine for centuries. It is an effective treatment for gout and rheumatoid diseases.

4. Cannabis May Provide Great Benefits for Older People

Cannabis can be really helpful for maintaining our brain health as we age. Moreover, it contains a wide range of antioxidant compounds that can protect our body from oxidative stress. The vitamins and phytochemicals of cannabis provide great protection from daily environmental damage, which makes it beneficial for people of almost every age.

5. Cannabis Can Be the New Treatment for Many Serious Diseases

THC and CBD are two main phytochemicals of the cannabis plant. They are called cannabinoids, special compounds that can directly influence the cells. Cannabinoids can bind to cell receptors in the following areas:

  • Immune system
  • Skin
  • Digestive system
  • Central nervous system
  • Reproductive system

Researchers from different countries have proven that cannabinoid therapies can be helpful in treating cancer, skin conditions, autoimmune diseases, gastrointestinal distress as well as mental health conditions.

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