The interest generated by smoking weed has grown exponentially in recent years, sparking heated debates that are still causing discussion in the main State bodies.
And in the inextricable tangle of information circulating on the web and elsewhere, the main doubt remains fundamentally the same: is it now possible to smoke marijuana?
The law itself does not clarify this question, but requires that the marijuana itself comes from depotentiated genetics that can make it ‘light’, thanks to the reduced content of tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, the well-known psychoactive and psychotropic principle responsible for the well-known ‘high’ effect of cannabis, which in this case must not have a concentration higher than 0.2% with a maximum limit of 0.6%, a percentage that in the most potent varieties of marijuana can easily reach and exceed 20%.
If, therefore, on the one hand the spread of physical and weed shop online selling light cannabis and its derivatives is currently a real trend, on the other, the scale of the phenomenon is undoubtedly primarily cultural. This is a real leap forward in terms of learning about the properties of the hitherto demonised cannabis inflorescence, which, even in its light version, which is deprived of most of its typical active ingredients, has fewer side effects than the more common psychotropic drugs such as Xanax.
And while most regular cannabis users hope for the start of an anti-prohibitionist pathway that will help clear preconceptions and prejudices related to the recreational use of cannabis, neophytes tend to consider this scenario still too nebulous, resulting in a fear of incurring unpleasant risks. Fortunately, it is now easier to find good, high-quality, safe and legal weed that allows one to easily benefit from the positive effects of CBD, including through the use of CBD e-liquid or CBD oil.
When smoking cannabis is good for you
It is obtained mainly from Cannabis Sativa, which in recent years has been the subject of studies and experiments aimed at obtaining a final product completely devoid of psychotropic and psychoactive effects. Smoking weed allows you to benefit from myorelaxant, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-epileptic effects and a pleasant feeling of well-being and tranquillity due to the almost total absence of THC.
At the same time, the low and marginal concentrations of THC are said to reduce stress and excessive excitement, making the user alert and perfectly self-aware, without any of the side effects typical of the active 'narcotic' ingredient.
In particular, medical cannabis is widely used in the treatment of serious diseases where conventional treatments have failed, such as autoimmune and degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's or Parkinson's disease, and as a valuable adjunct in the treatment of anxiety, depression, post-traumatic disorder and insomnia.
Smoking weed also helps curb appetite in the treatment of major eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia, due to so-called 'chemical hunger', reduces nausea caused by illnesses such as AIDS and HIV as well as chemo- and radiotherapy treatments and, a factor not to be underestimated, is an excellent antioxidant, thanks to the presence of Omega 3 and Omega 6, which significantly reduce the damage caused by free radicals, which are directly responsible for premature ageing.
The watchword is still 'moderation', since it is true that cannabis is a natural element that has been known and widely appreciated for its curative properties since ancient times, but it is equally true that, like everything else, its immoderate and incorrect use could entail risks and be harmful. Smoking weed is only good for you if it is not progressively abused.
When smoking weed is bad for you
There are many varieties of marijuana currently available, both legal and illegal, with high concentrations of THC that can satisfy all kinds of users, regular or occasional.
Generally speaking, it is tetracannabidiol, the psychotropic active ingredient responsible for the characteristic high that makes cannabis so popular, especially among young people, that causes unpleasant side effects. If taken in excessively high doses, this active ingredient can lead to psychic side effects such as excessive euphoria or, on the contrary, dysphoria, restlessness, paranoia, the feeling of losing control, reduced memory and even altered perception of time and space, depression, hallucinations and limitations of the locomotor system.
In such cases, the affected person simply needs to be reassured when taken to a quiet place. Purely physical side effects may also occur, the most common of which are dry mouth, muscular weakness, slurred speech, increased heart rate, reduced blood pressure, redness of the eyes and, in some cases, dizziness.
Nausea and headaches are more rare. However, the side effects of marijuana can vary depending on the dosage and the amount of THC in the blood, and generally tend to disappear within a few hours without the need for special treatment.