As far as drugs go, Cannabis is, IMO, probably the least harmful. Like, if I had a teenager who wanted to smoke it, tbh, I doubt I'd oppose it. Obviously, don't go overboard, because too much of anything can be bad for you, but I don't see an issue with weed, so long as you're smart about your involvement with it.
There is evidence, albeit limited, that suggests marijuana can be used to: reduce nausea and vomiting during chemotherapy, or to improve the appetite in those of which have HIV/AIDS, and even treat chronic pain, mental illness, and/or muscle spasms.
I mean, it does have some side effects, as does any kind of medication, tbh. Common side-effects can include dizziness, feeling tired, vomiting or even hallucinations. There have been concerns about memory/cognition problems, risk of addiction, exposure of the drug to children, and even schizophrenia in younger individuals, also.
There are 3 types of Cannabis: Indica, Sativa, and the Ruderalis. (The ruderalis is the least common of the 3). As well as a variety of hybrids that are made from them.
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Sativa seeds are mainly used for, or to make, hempseed oil, which can be used for cooking, lamps, lacquers, or even paints. They can also be used for bird seed (caged), and provide a decent source of nutrients for a majority of birds.
Ruderalis is used, traditionally, in Russian/Mongolian folk medicine, especially for treating depression. It's not usually recommended that you use it for recreational use as it has a lower THC content that than the others.
In modern uses, it's crossed with Bedrocan strains for production of Bediol (standard content of 7% THC, and 9% CBD) for medical purposes. It's often used for new patients as it's more easily tolerated.
Marijuana can be "ingested" (don't really ingest marijuana) using hand-rolled cigarettes or "joints", pipes (or bowls), bongs, and blunts (emptied cigars that have been partly or completely refilled with marijuana)
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Speaking of bongs/pipes/bowls, if you're interested in making your own...
- Your favorite smoking product
- Empty plastic bottle or can
- A tube
- Something that can be used as a bowl
- Something to be used as sealant
Punch or heat up a paper clip with a lighter and cut out a 1/8 inch (3mm) to 1/4 inch (6mm) hole about 2 inches (5cm) from the bottom. This is the hole where the smoke will enter the bong from the bowl and stem. The tighter the hole around the stem, the less tape or sealant you need. Place a tube in the hole (could be a metal pipe, a pen tube, or a stem bought online or at a store) Make sure it's at a positive angle so your herbs don't get wet.
Make sure it's air tight. (if you need to fix it you can use gum, tape, or even a rubber grommet) To test it out, put your hand close to the seal and blow into the mouthpiece. If air comes out and you can feel it, you need to make it tighter.
Now you need to either buy a bowl, or you can make one. If you have a local smoke shop, you can go there to get one. You could also roll a cigarette with rolling papers and attach it to the end of the tube. You could also use aluminum foil... ( Make sure the materials you use in this process are safe for inhalation. It's recommended to use a glass or metal bowl.
Fill your bong with water until the tube is completely submerged by at least 1 inch. I mean, you can fill it with more, but the more there is, the less smoke there will be in the chamber when you smoke. If you put too much water, it will drown your herb.
Put a carb half-way down the bottle or lower, but not too low so that you aren't spilling when you smoke.
- You don't have to put water at the bottom, you can try assorted fruit drinks and such for added flavor.
- If you melt any of the plastic and inhale that, not only is it extremely bad for you, it tastes awful and you will most likely cough your guts up
- Don't use PVC, copper, aluminum, or plastic in parts that will be exposed to heat. As previously stated, don't smoke using tin foil (It's pretty dangerous if you hold a flame for too long. The vapors from burning foil are pretty harmful, and could go down the stem of the bong as you're inhaling. It can damage your lungs, throat, and worst case scenario, your brain.) or put hot glue near the bowl.
If you are concerned about what weed can do to your health, I recommend reading: https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/marijuana
As I have stated, I'm not against the use of weed, because for many it can be very helpful to them what with mental illness and such, but as with anything, too much of anything, even a good thing, can wind up being detrimental, and if you're going to use it, it would probably be in your best interest to learn as much as possible, right?
It's not all a health risk (obviously, considering what I wrote above) (not to mention that what effects someone's health negatively doesn't always effect someone else's health the same way. Everyone's body is different, and what works for you, or harms you, might not be the same as someone else.) however, as apparently there's sources (as stated by: http://greenflowermedia.com/) saying that Cannabis can help you lose weight, regulate and prevent diabetes, fight cancer, fight depression, treat Autism, regulate seizures, and apparently a plethora of others.
Not to mention if it weren't illegal the economy would suffer less and prisons would be less crowded as there would be less illegal drug trades of marijuana or even just people being arrested for having the shit.