Millions of people all over the world use marijuana. And as more of them realize the numerous benefits, we can only expect its following to grow. This includes the number of people who are in favor of legalizing recreational marijuana. After all, many studies have already shown that cannabis does no more harm than alcohol and other illegal drugs. If you are considering trying out recreational marijuana, here are a few important FAQs that might help answer any questions you might have about this powerful plant.

How Does Marijuana Work on the Brain?

When you consume cannabis, chemicals known as cannabinoids are released into your body. One of its main cannabinoids is THC. Cannabinoids move from the lungs or the stomach into the blood. Once there, they travel to the brain and to the rest of the body. The THC acts on certain receptors in the brain which creates that popular high feeling that people usually associate with marijuana use.

What are the Health Effects of Marijuana?

• Intense nausea and vomiting
• Lung problems like difficulty breathing and chronic cough
• Faster heart rate that can increase the risk for stroke and heart attack
• Mental health issues like anxiety, depression and psychosis

What are the Ways Marijuana is Consumed?

• Smoking is perhaps the most common method of consuming marijuana. When smoking from a joint, bong or pipe, the heat releases active chemicals from the cannabis plant, converting it into smoke that you then breathe in.
• Vaporization is similar to an e-cigarette as it also heats dried cannabis and releases vapor. The vapor contains THC and other cannabinoids minus the toxic smoke. This method is believed to be less harmful to the lungs compared to smoking cannabis.
• Dabbing is a relatively newer consumption method where you heat and breathe in concentrated marijuana oils that can contain up to 80 percent THC. Compared to more common consumption methods, dabbing produces a stronger high.
• Edibles are marijuana-infused food items that can be in the form of brownies or cookies. You can also take cannabis by mouth with tinctures, capsules and oils.

What is the Difference Between Eating and Smoking Cannabis?

The manner that you take cannabis affects how quickly it will get absorb the THC and other chemicals. It will have a more rapid onset of action when you inhale cannabis. Because edibles work slower, there is a risk that you will take too much. You take a bite of an edible and, when nothing happens, you take another one. so you take a few more bites without realizing that it takes time to happen. Eating excessive amounts of cannabis can expose you to potentially dangerous high levels of THC.

Can Marijuana Lead to Harder Drug Use?

One of the biggest issues about legalizing the use of recreational marijuana is the talk that it is a gateway drug. Some people believe that smoking cannabis can lead people to use harder drugs. There is some link between cannabis use and other drug use, but there is no proof that weed drives people to do hard drugs. After all, drug use has many causes, including stress, genes and drug exposure at home. It can be possible, however, that people who are more likely to use drugs take marijuana first because it is easier to get.

What is the Difference Between Recreational and Medical Weed?

There really is not much difference between recreational and medical marijuana, only that the latter is just marijuana that a doctor recommended. Both of them contain THC and give the same effects on the body and the brain. Medical cannabis is used to treat many health problems like pain, seizures, and nausea and vomiting from chemotherapy. However, we have yet to see concrete research on how well it works against these issues.

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Jacob is an experienced cannabis content writers who write on various cannabis health related topics. Visit Top BC Cannabis to learn more about marijuana affects and benefits.