Marijuana is not a specific classification, but legally, it’s to be a Schedule 1 Narcotic according to the DEA. It is defined as having a high risk for abuse, and has no medical usage. Many states (15 currently, including Arizona as the most recent) are in disagreement with this view and have laws in place permitting medical marijuana Temperature Controlled .
Low grade marijuana contains 1 to 3 percent delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which is what is typically sold recreationally. THC is widely recognized as the most potent psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. The high-quality marijuana that is known as sinsemilla is comprised of between 7 and 8 per cent THC and hashish ranges between 7 to 20 percent. The most concentrated type that marijuana comes from is the hash oil, which could contain as much as 70 percent THC!
Commonly used terms for marijuana include reefer, pot grass, herb, ganja older man, blanch sinsemilla, bhang ishish, tar chronic hash oil and dagga.
What people feel: The experience of smoking marijuana can differ widely from one person to the next. Most people experience feelings of relaxation and a boost in mood within minutes and around half an hour later, there is a feeling of sleepiness and drowsiness. Moments of quiet contemplation are usually interspersed with laughter.
Ingestion of marijuana, be it high-quality or hashish, can take longer to see the effects start. There is a higher likelihood for a hallucinogenic effect.
Memory and learning function could be affected over a longer period of time even after other effects have subsided. It takes time to let the brain eliminate the effects of marijuana (and the metabolites it produces) thus the cognitive function could be affected for a long time after consuming a dose.
A fatal overdose of marijuana hasn’t been previously reported. A large dose could make a person feel anxious or fearful. Although the effect of an overdose isn’t observed, it can affect judgement and coordination. The biggest issue for marijuana is that it can affect driving skills, which can lead to accidents and/or unsafe mistakes in judgement.
Marijuana may raise heart rate and puts an increased burden for the heart. There could be interactions with blood pressure medications, however, lots of research needs to be conducted in order to understand the exact nature of. One study has been published that has shown that marijuana when combined with cocaine could cause fatal heart issues.
The cannabis plant is responsible for all the psychoactive qualities of marijuana. Tetra-hydro-cannabinol (THC) has been reportedly found in internal organs of an Egyptian mummy from 950 BC. In the 1840’s, marijuana was widely used to boost creativity among intellectuals and artists in France.
The initial European explorers brought hemp into America to make cloth and rope. It wasn’t until around the 20th Century that marijuana started to influence American society directly.