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[ Cannabis ] Decoded
Do you know the facts about cannabis?
“Cannabis” is the correct scientific term. There are a lot of other names for cannabis like: marijuana, pot, weed, and grass.
There are two main types of compounds in cannabis: THC and CBD. THC is the chemical in cannabis that produces a “high” feeling. CBD does not make you high and may have medical benefits.
You must be 18 or older with either a current doctor’s recommendation, a valid county-issued medical marijuana ID card, or be a registered Medical Marijuana Caregiver to purchase medicinal marijuana.
You must be 21 or older to use, carry, buy, or grow recreational cannabis in California.
Your brain is still developing until age 25. Use of marijuana before age 25 may have an impact on your brain development.
What is cannabis?
Cannabis (often called weed, marijuana, pot, etc.) comes from the cannabis plant. It contains tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which affects brain function, perception, and mood when consumed.
Is cannabis a gateway drug?
Some studies suggest that cannabis use is likely to come before the use of other drugs, and the development of addiction to other substances. However, the majority of people who use cannabis do not go on to use harder drugs. Starting to use cannabis at a younger age increases the risk of problem drug use; those who begin using cannabis before age 18 are 4-7 times more likely than adults to develop problem use.
Have most teens used cannabis in their life?
In 2016, most California high school students reported that they were not using cannabis.
How does weed make you feel high?
THC, one of the main compounds in cannabis, acts on cannabinoid receptors, which are found throughout the body but mostly in the brain. These brain areas are involved in memory, concentration, perception, and movement. THC interferes with the normal functioning of these brain areas.
What are the different ways to consume cannabis?
Cannabis is most commonly smoked like a cigarette or inhaled through a vaporizer, but it can also be made into “edibles” like brownies or candies, or brewed like a tea. Edibles can have very high levels of THC and take up to 90 minutes before the effects are felt, making it difficult to judge how much to consume and increasing the chance of overdose.
What is "dabbing"?
Dabs are concentrated doses of cannabis that are made by extracting the psychoactive components (ex: THC) using a solvent. This produces a sticky oil (sometimes called wax, shatter, budder, and butane hash oil). This substance is then heated on a hot surface, usually a nail, and then inhaled through a “dab rig.” Cannabis extracts often test between 60-90% THC, which means it doesn’t take much to overdose. Because this is a relatively new practice, long-term effects of dabbing are not well-known. Until research thoroughly examines the long-term risks of dabbed extracts it’s not possible to know what dangers are associated with prolonged use.