Frequently Asked Questions About Cannabis
We receive all kinds of cannabis questions and decided it would be wise to address some of the frequently asked queries that we have had.
Perhaps the mostly commonly asked question is:
Is Cannabis Addictive?
Generally speaking, the answer is no. What is the definition of addiction? “A compulsive physiological and psychological need for a habit forming substance.” This doesn’t apply to the common cannabis user, however there are people who do form a psychological dependence, especially with chronic users. There are no withdrawal symptoms when you quit, or don’t have it.
Is Cannabis a Gateway Drug?
Will Smoking Cannabis Affect My Brain?
That all depends on when you started smoking. There has been studies that show a drop in IQ with users who started smoking in their teenage years. The general belief is that smoking marijuana when your brain is still developing can cause adverse effects.
Is Cannabis Stronger Now Than It Was Before?
In all honesty it seems that this is something that has been exaggerated by people that are against use of cannabis. This information is based on cannabis in the 60’s and 70’s having just 1% THC content. However, before cannabis was made illegal drug stores in various countries sold cannabis tinctures with over 40% THC. In fact, the outgoing British Prime Minister, David Cameron, actually said that cannabis is twenty to thirty times stronger than it was previously. That’s impossible, because that would raise the THC content to over 100%
What Medical Ailments Can Cannabis Treat?
Arthritis, Anorexia, ADHD, Bipolar disorder, Depression, Anxiety, Cancer, High blood pressure, Insomnia, Nausea, Glaucoma, Nausea, PTSD, Tourette Syndrome, Pain relief.
What if I don’t Want to Smoke it?
While smoking it delivers relief much quicker than any other method, it isn’t the only option.
You can use cannabis oil which still contains THC and you can take it orally- put some of it on your tongue or on the inside of your cheek.
If you’re curious about smoking, but have never smoked you can also use a vaporizer. A vaporizer will heat the herb gently and gradually to release the cannabinoids and it’s much smoother to smoke than using a pipe or smoking a joint (it’s not advisable to roll joints with tobacco, for obvious health related reasons).
There are also plenty of choices on the edibles front. There is a massive range now from candy bars to jelly beans, so isn’t just about brownies anymore. If you enjoy baking, you could always make your own- another great one is to make your own cannabis butter so that you can simply spread it on toast. You don’t want to have to eat baked goods every time you need pain relief.
How Long Will It Stay in My System?
It really depends on how much cannabis you smoke. If you’re a heavy smoker and you have a drug test approaching you should give yourself a month to be on the safe side. If you’re a casual user, you should be fine after a week or two.
Where Can I Buy It?
It depends on where you live, if you are lucky enough to live in one of the many places where it has been legalized then you can walk into any dispensary for your goods.
In Alaska, Oregon, Colorado and Washington it is fully legal.
In 20 further states it has been legalized for medicinal use and you can purchase it with a prescription. (Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont)
Can I Grow My Own?
In Washington you need a license, unless it is for your own personal, medical use. In the other 4 states where it is fully legal then you can grow for your life, however you will find limits are in place to ensure that it is indeed for personal use only.