Weed, marijuana, dank, dope, ganja, sticky slimy, broccoli, chronic…
These are only a few of the names given to the plant, which is officially recognised as cannabis. It is one of the most contentious plants in the world, and it has been lauded as much as it has been demonised, depending on who you ask.
But how can a single plant be so many different things to so many different people?
Your mileage may vary, as with many things in life, so make sure you know what you’re getting into so you can make the best decision for your requirements and interests.
In this post, we’ll go over the fundamentals of cannabis, including the many forms of cannabis, cannabis products, medical advantages, and much more.
The Various Cannabis Species
Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica, and Cannabis ruderalis are the three primary species of cannabis plant, while there is some controversy about whether the latter two qualify as different species from Cannabis sativa.
In terms of consumption, the two most popular classifications of cannabis are indica and sativa, and they each have various effects.
In general, sativa strains are connected with sensations of alertness and energy, as well as a more cerebral high in the head, making sativas more popular during and throughout the day—a day-time smoke, if you will. Lemon Haze, Green Crack God, Sour Diesel, and Jack Herer are all popular sativa strains.
Indicas, on the other hand, provide more of a ‘body high,’ making them a popular method to unwind and rest after a long day’s work—a there’s reason why some users refer to indicas as “in-da-couch.” Blueberry, Grape Ape, Northern Lights, and Bubba Kush are all popular indica strains.
Terpenes, THC, and CBD
While THC and CBD are the most well-known cannabinoids (chemical substances contained in cannabis), over 100 have been identified.
THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the most well-known cannabinoid because it is the principal psychoactive ingredient present in cannabis, which means it makes you high.
CBD, on the other hand, is not psychoactive and will not make you high. However, it has numerous medical benefits, making it highly sought after, and it is frequently the first step toward cannabis legalisation. CBD is used to treat severe epilepsy and may have anti-anxiety and anti-psychotic properties. CBD can also aid with pain relief and has showed promise in treating cancer-related side effects such as nausea and vomiting.
Terpenes are aromatic molecules present in the essential oils of many plants and trees, and cannabis is abundant in terpenes, which are responsible for the vast differences in fragrance and odours amongst cannabis strains. Terpenes are responsible for the variety of flavours seen in cannabis strains, ranging from sweet and citrusy to dank and earthy.
Cannabis can be consumed in a variety of ways.
There are so many ways to consume cannabis that it’s almost certain that with a little experimentation, you’ll find what works best for you.
The three main ways to utilise cannabis are as follows:
Flower is one of the most well-known and widely used forms of cannabis. The flower comes from the female cannabis plant, and we’re only interested in the buds, not the leaves, stems, or seeds (for more information, please see CLN news or crop king seeds). After the buds have been dried, trimmed, and cured, they are ready to smoke, and you have several alternatives.
Here are some of the most common and popular methods to consume cannabis flower:
The joint (also known as a doobie and jay, among other things) is a cannabis scene icon and is often many people’s first exposure with cannabis. Simply said, a joint is a rolled cannabis cigarette. There are varieties, such as a spliff, which contains a combination of cannabis and tobacco, and a blunt, which is a hollowed-out cigar packed with cannabis.
Pipes are also popular for cannabis, and they are easier to set up than a joint because there is no rolling involved- all you have to do is break up (or “grind”) the cannabis buds, pack them in your bowl, and ignite it.
When smoking cannabis, glass pipes are the most commonly utilised type of pipe.
While bongs are technically another type of pipe, their water chamber distinguishes them enough to earn their own entry, which is why bongs are also referred to as “water pipes.” The uninformed may mistake a bong for a flower vase, and they are popular because they provide a smoother smoke than other techniques since the water filters the smoke as it bubbles through the water before being swallowed.
There are also several types of bongs, such as bubblers and gravity bongs.
Vaporizers have a distinct benefit over other methods of smoking cannabis because when you inhale from one, you are not breathing smoke but rather vapour, which is far better for your lungs.
Vaporizers operate by heating the cannabis to the point where the cannabinoids (such as THC) and terpenes (which give cannabis strains their distinct aroma) turn into vapour, rather than burning the weed like you would in a bong, pipe, or joint.
If you peek in the chamber after you’ve finished vaporising, you’ll notice a difference because vaporizers don’t produce the black, charred ash that the other smoking methods stated above do. Instead, the flower in the vaporizer chamber will have gone brownish, resembling dried tobacco.
While there are vaporizers that work with cannabis concentrates, this article focused on vaporizers intended particularly for dried flower.
Start Low and Slow with Edibles
Cannabis edibles are any cannabis-infused food or drink, which is a broad category because almost anything may be transformed into an edible with a few drops of a cannabis tincture or oil.
There are hundreds of edibles makers that create everything from cannabis-infused candies like gummies and lollipops to baked goods like brownies and cookies, making edibles a terrific way to discreetly enjoy your cannabis. However, there are some things to keep in mind when it comes to …