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Cannabis for Newbies: What You Need To Know

Cannabis for Newbies: What You Need To Know

For thousands of years, people used marijuana or cannabis for several purposes. With the ever-growing popularity (and legality) of cannabis, many newbies would like to give it a try. Since you are here and you probably searched “cannabis for beginners”, we assume you want to know more and would like to have a better understanding of the herb.


Don’t worry, we got you!


The very idea of trying out cannabis for the first time can be quite intimidating and a bit overwhelming. But, it doesn’t have to be.


Understanding Cannabis


There are two things you need to familiarize yourself with before you go and talk to a dispensary - strains and cannabinoids. 


Strains are the different cannabis cultivars. Different strains produce different effects. Some strains can help you with managing pain, make you feel happier, increase your sociability, improve your appetite, promote relaxation, or can help reduce anxiety.


Cannabis, on the other hand, is a variety of the cannabis Sativa genus plant. It contains the psychoactive cannabinoid THC (delta9 tetrahydrocannabinol) or CBD. It can be smoked, eaten, or vaporized. 


It comes in different forms such as marijuana dried buds that can be used for smoking, hashish that can be mixed with tobacco or added to foods, hash oil that must be used sparingly because of its high potency, and concentrates that can be dabbed or vaporized.


Legal Matters


While cannabis is still not legal in some states, some already legalized its use for medical and recreational reasons. Since cannabis laws vary from one state to another, it is important that you stay informed to know your rights and not violate the current regulations in your location.


Medication


The industry of cannabis continues to rise in popularity because the plant is a versatile form of medication. It offers many benefits to patients and can aid in a variety of medical conditions.


CBD Benefits


CBD’s benefits remain a controversial topic across the globe because of legal talks. However, there is absolutely no doubt that cannabis can be used for health reasons offering promising results.


Here are the top benefits of CBD.


Lower blood pressure


A study in 2017 by JCI Insight found that cannabinoids helped lower the blood pressure of a study group. After taking the CBD and conducting a stress test, they got significant results.


Reduce inflammation


One of the main benefits of CBD is its ability to help a patient deal with pain by reducing inflammation. It has been proven to reduce neuropathic pain as well. This is why CBD is also given now to cancer patients as a pain reliever for the side effects of the illness and the treatment itself.


Treat anxiety disorders


Anxiety is perhaps the most common affliction that people use CBD for. It is effective in treating GAD or Generalized Anxiety Disorder, panic disorder, OCD, and post-traumatic stress disorder.


Treating GI problems


A study by the National Library of Medicine National Center for Biotechnology Information found that CBD and other non-psychoactive cannabinoids can effectively treat gastrointestinal problems too and even prevent diseases such as IBS, IBD, Crohn’s, ulcerative colitis, and more.  


Botanical Terms


Before you go talk about it with your seasoned marijuana user friends or acquaintances, it is better to have a wider knowledge regarding the terms used in the complex world of bud.


Flower. This describes the weed itself and is also known as nugs. The flower is dried, cured, and trimmed for a better smoking experience.


Trim. These are the bits of leaves cut away from the plant during the pruning or harvesting. Often sold to a processor, the good stuff of the trims are extracted as a raw material to be mixed or used in edibles, vape pens, and other concentrate products.


Kief. The thing that makes your fingers sticky when handling weed is the kief. It contains high concentrations of the “good stuff”.


Terpene. They are the natural compounds in a weed that brings about the aroma and flavor of cannabis. They have some effect degree on how strains hit people variedly. They make up essential oils.
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