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FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions related to Cannabis (Marijuana, Hemp)

Surely several concerns have been raised about the safety of cannabis and cannabinoids. First of all, studies have connected cannabis usage to psychotic episodes, suicidal thoughts, anxiety, and depression. However, it is unknown whether marijuana use is the root of these diseases. Additionally, marijuana’s effects on timing, movement, and coordination have been linked to decreased athletic performance. Moreover, it depends on the method of the cannabis intake. For example people who smoke cannabis frequently may experience similar breathing issues as those who consume tobacco. Just like tobacco, cannabis smoke irritates the lungs.
Hemp fabric is a type of textile that is made using fibers from the stalks of the Cannabis sativa plant. This plant has been recognized as a source of extraordinarily tensile and durable textile fibers for millennia, but the psychoactive qualities of Cannabis sativa have recently made it harder for farmers to produce this immensely beneficial crop.
What is CBD? CBD is one of the many compounds, along with THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), that can be present in the cannabis plant. It is one of over 100 different cannabinoids found in the plant, but unlike THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which is the primary psychoactive component of cannabis, CBD does not produce a “high” or intoxicating effect. CBD can either be found in the marijuana plant, but typically it is extracted from the hemp plant, which is a variety of cannabis that contains low levels of THC. CBD has gained popularity in recent years due to its potential therapeutic benefits. Some studies have suggested that CBD may have anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and anxiolytic (anxiety-reducing) properties, among others. These potential benefits have led to the development of CBD-based products, such as oils, tinctures, capsules, and topical creams, which are marketed for a range of health and wellness purposes.
THC is known as the main psychoactive compound in cannabis that creates the high or intoxicated effect. Formally known as Tetrahydrocannabinol, THC is one of at least 113 cannabinoids identified in cannabis. After you inhale cannabis smoke, its chemicals zip throughout the body. THC is a very potent chemical compared to other psychoactive drugs. Once in your bloodstream, THC typically reaches the brain seconds after it is inhaled and begins to go to work. Marijuana users often describe the experience of smoking the drug as initially relaxing and mellow, creating a feeling of haziness and light-headedness (although those feelings may differ depending on the particular strain). The user’s eyes may dilate, causing colors to appear more intense, and other senses may be enhanced. Later, the user may have feelings of paranoia and panic. The interaction of the THC with the brain is what causes these feelings. To understand how marijuana affects the brain, you need to know about the parts of the brain that are affected by THC. Here are the basics: Neurons are the cells that process information in the brain. Chemicals called neurotransmitters allow neurons to communicate with each other. Neurotransmitters fill the gap, or synapse, between two neurons and bind to protein receptors, which allow various functions in the brain and body to be turned on and off. Some neurons have thousands of receptors that are specific to particular neurotransmitters. Foreign chemicals, like THC, can mimic or block actions of neurotransmitters and interfere with normal functions. Your brain has groups of cannabinoid receptors concentrated in several different places (see picture). These cannabinoid receptors can affect the following mental and physical activities: Short-term memory Coordination Learning Problem-solving Cannabinoid receptors are activated by a neurotransmitter called anandamide. Like THC, anandamide is a cannabinoid, but one that your body makes. THC mimics the actions of anandamide, meaning that THC binds with cannabinoid receptors and activates neurons, which causes adverse effects on the mind and body. High concentrations of cannabinoid receptors exist in the hippocampus, cerebellum and basal ganglia. The hippocampus sits within the temporal lobe and is important for short-term memory. When the THC binds with the cannabinoid receptors inside the hippocampus, it interferes with the recollection of recent events. THC also affects coordination, which the cerebellum controls. The basal ganglia direct unconscious muscle movements, which is another reason why motor coordination is impaired when under the influence of marijuana.
Cannabis vs. Hemp vs. Marijuana – what is the difference? We can say that the word “cannabis” refers to all products derived from the plant Cannabis sativa. First of all, hemp and marijuana are not two different species of plants. They’re just two different names for cannabis plant, depending on the compounds, THC content and expected use. However from the legal point of view, the key difference is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content. Thus, the term “hemp” refers to the cannabis plants which contain little percent THC content by dry weight. Such cannabis plants can be used as industrial hemp or to produce CBD and other cannabinoids. However, “marijuana” or “weed” refers to the cannabis plants that can get you high, so with a high THC content.


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