Marijuana is one of the most controversial topics universally and can bring on a hot debate anytime. The legalization of its use for purposes other than medical has been seen as detrimental to the society and youth by those who vouch for its complete ban. On the other hand, there is a lobby of people who are pushing for legal allowance for use of marijuana for recreational purposes. The reasons for both differ significantly. But before taking any sides, one must know what marijuana is and why it evokes such strong emotions from the people from the world over?
The use of marijuana by humans is known to date back to several centuries. People in ancient times used it as a cure for several ailments. The marijuana or cannabis, as it is also known as, is obtained from hemp plant. The leaves, stem, flowers and other parts of the plant are used to make various types of products. From cosmetics and personal care products to marijuana edibles and special gourmet products, the demand for these infused products is rising steeply and the businesses dealing in these are flourishing rapidly.
The edible products made from marijuana mainly consist of food items infused with it. These also include infused baked items. Cakes, pie, cookies, brownies, chocolates, candies, salty snacks, concentrate weed oil, beverages, infused cooking oils, jams, honey and butter are some of the examples. In the cosmetic products, the soaps, gels, creams and lotions are most in demand. Let us see why there is such a widespread use of these products and the reason that leads to it.
The cannabis plant is a naturally occurring plant. The main substance derived from it is THC. THC stands for Tetrahydrocannabinol. This substance is particularly associated with the neurological and psychological effects that it has on people who consume marijuana. It induces drowsiness. It is for these reasons that it is being used to aid in the treatment of various chronic and serious diseases. It is said to reduce the effects of chronic pain from cancer, tumors and ulcers, severe nausea and vomiting from chemotherapy and various other medical conditions. A point to highlight here is that while we may only debate about its use or ban, the real significance of use of cannabis is understood by those who are sick and cannabis provides the only means of cure and hope.
A major reason for this use is the fact that being a naturally occurring substance, hemp is considered to be safer and with less or no side effects at all when compared to the synthetic drugs manufactured in the laboratories. It can be taken through various methods. It can be consumed orally or can be inhaled as vapors. There are several techniques and the patients can opt for the one that suits them the most.
The plant parts can be dried and used as such or their derivatives in varied concentrations are used to make the infused products. The sativa, indica and hybrid derivatives obtained from the hemp plant differ in potency and efficacy and therefore should be consumed only with a prescription from the doctor.
In conclusion, the debate surrounding the topic is not going to settle anytime soon. The subject calls for more scientific and comprehensive research. Till then, we may continue to use and derive benefits from the plant, all in a responsible manner.