Are the effects positive or not for you?
THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) is one of the major components of marijuana. As you may know, it is a psychoactive compound that causes “high” in cannabis. Consequently, many people consider it a substance that is no better than heroin or other hard drugs. Some believe that using marijuana can potentially lead to injecting heroin and eventually abuse of other drugs. However, there is no scientific proof or study that suggest whether this argument is true or not.
There are three types of marijuana plants, including Indica, Sativa, and Hybrid. Sativa and Indica have been there for years, but the Hybrid is a new type of the plant. The first two types have distinct characteristics.
This type has broader leaves and is dark in color. Indica has a mellow, calming effect and it primarily works on the entire body. The plant has higher levels of CBN, CBD, and 20 percent THC as compared to Sativa, which are responsible for its calming and relaxing effect.
As the name suggests, Indica is a powerful strain that originates from a region near Afghanistan known as Hindu ‘Kush’. With the low temperatures in the area, the plant developed a thick layer of resin on its leaves for protection against the harsh weather conditions. The strain has three types that include Grandaddy Purple, Northern Lights, and Purple Haze.
Sativa has narrower leaves as compared to Indica marijuana and is lighter green in color. The strain works on the mind as it is energizing and uplifting leading to a feeling of euphoria. Apart from narrow leaves, the strain has loose branches and grows up to about 20 feet tall. The strain is ideal for daytime use due to its energizing effect. Moreover, the plant has a very different Cannabinoid breakdown as compared to Indica marijuana.
The other notable difference in characteristics is the level of THC. It has high levels of THC, which are responsible for uplifting and energizing effects. In addition, it has low levels of CBN and CBD. Types of Sativa Marijuana include Lemon Haze, Sour Diesel and Jack Herer.
As the name suggests, Hybrid strain is a hybrid since seeds from different plants and different areas are cross-pollinated to produce a plant with all the excellent characteristics from both plants.
THC Health Benefits
A study done in the 1970s revealed that THC helps relieve inner eye pressure. Besides, it also prevents blindness and slows the progression of Glaucoma. THC controls excitability, which helps reduce seizures. It also decreases depression, anxiety, insomnia, and stress and also slows progression of Alzheimer’s disease as it blocks the Amyloid Plaques and helps prevents brain cells from being destroyed.
The Bad Effects of Using Marijuana
Most marijuana users believe that it is a natural product with no adverse effects. However, according to research, there are some bad things associated with smoking marijuana.
If you have no underlying mental problems, smoking it in a controlled manner without abusing it should not lead to any issues. Nevertheless, smoking too much could lead to problems for someone who has already been diagnosed with a mental condition. This means if you are anxious or depressed, using THC aggravates the condition and even causes psychosis.
Researchers are working on making new strains that are stronger and THC-rich resins is the latest rage. Other includes Soft Solid Wax, Hash Oil and Shatter, which very strong and looks like a chunk of glass.
One of the major negative effects of smoking marijuana is paranoia and hallucinations are common to “pot” smokers. Studies have also shown that smoking marijuana can potentially exacerbate the symptoms for people suffering from Schizophrenia, but there is no scientific evidence that THC causes Schizophrenia.
Moreover, some people believe smoking marijuana may lead to anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts, but others say it is a cure. The research is however ongoing.
The physical effects depend on the amount of marijuana that you are smoking. Therefore, it can cause breathing difficulties or even a nasty cough. Some studies have shown that smoking marijuana can also lead to an increase in heart rate for a few hours (about 3 hours). This can result in palpitations, heart attack and panic attacks. It is also advisable to avoid smoking marijuana during pregnancy period as this can affect the brain development of the unborn baby.
Overall, when it comes to Marijuana and THC, there are more benefits than negative effects. However, research is still ongoing that is likely to come up with more answers to address all the concerns that you might have.