There are a wide variety of cannabis strains for you to choose from. And yes, they actually matter. Different strains have different effects. A strain is a unique type of cannabis that has been bred to present certain features. Basically, each strain is a genetic version of cannabis.
For example, the strain Granddaddy Purple tends to be purple in color, makes you sleepy, and has a musky-berry aroma. It also tends to be high in THC, the primary psychoactive in cannabis.
Other strains, like Harlequin, won’t make you feel very high at all. Harlequin is a high-CBD strain, meaning that it has fewer psychoactive effects. Short for cannabidiol (CBD), is a non-psychoactive compound that is often used in medical cannabis for epilepsy.
Despite state legalisation efforts, it’s been close to impossible to conduct official research on marijuana, something researchers have long lamented.
“There is a desperate need for this research, but it’s impossible to study this drug properly in an atmosphere of prohibition,” Sue Sisley, a psychiatrist who has studied post-traumatic stress disorder for the Department of Veterans Affairs and the University of Arizona College of Medicine, told The Washington Post.
If there is one demographic within medical cannabis patients that have obtained a world of benefits from the use of medical marijuana, it is the “elderly”. Many retirees have found that cannabis is a much better option in relation to managing pain, sleep, appetite and giving them a healthy outlook on life.
While there are currently not really many retirement homes out there that specializes in cannabis treatment, the concept in itself could mean medical relief to thousands of people suffering in their old age as well as drive down medical costs associated with their collection of medicines.
In November, Californians will vote whether or not to legalize recreational marijuana. But the initiative on the ballot—Prop 64 (formerly AUMA, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act)—doesn’t just say “hey everyone, let’s go get high!” Rather, it would put in place a fairly complex regulatory framework.
There would still be penalties for things like smoking weed in public, growing more than six plants, selling to a minor, and a variety of other actions. Different laws also apply depending on which of three legal categories you fall into: Minors, young adults between ages 18 and 20, and adults over age 21.
“How cool will it be if we can collect data on 9- and 10-year-olds that will help predict how all young people will function in later life?” asks Garavan. “This is the sort of information that will truly help people parent, and legislate, and educate, and live healthy lives.”
It will also, as a matter of consequence, help determine whether or not addiction is a disease, like diabetes or hypertension, that can be diagnosed and controlled. If a biomarker for addiction exists — “and it might not, given that addiction is not all about the brain,” says Garavan — the neuroimaging may help find it. “Either way, it should help clear up these essential definitional uncertainties and debates.”
Waiting until your asthma symptoms manifest to try to medicate for the very first time is not recommended.
Instead, make sure to experiment in a peaceful, safe context, and while you are not experiencing any major respiratory issue. You need to acquire sufficient knowledge about your body, and how it responds to various degrees of cannabis intake. This means that you should be ready to counter any issue that could arise due to your lack of experience: possible coughing, inappropriate dosage, etc. Once you have a clear understanding of how vaporising can affect your breathing, throat and mouth, you can ease into using it to palliate to symptoms such as short breath, wheezing, tightness in the chest area, for recovering after a severe attack, and even to actually counter a full-blown asthma attack.
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