What is Marijuana: Marijuana, popularly known as Mary Jane, MJ, Weed, Pot or Ganja is a portion of the cannabis plant! While a lot of people love to smoke it up, not everyone really knows about the details of the plant it comes from, as well as the various strains and uses that the marijuana has to offer! Here, we take a closer look at what is marijuana and the different varieties of marijuana.
What is Marijuana?
Marijuana comes from the cannabis plant. Multiple parts of the cannabis plant can be consumed and the plant itself can be used for many purposes. It has a number of by-products such as hemp, hemp oil, cannabis oil, hashish, etc. In our forthcoming chapters, we will be taking a detailed look into cannabis oil – its uses, preparation and much more.
Types of Marijuana Strains
Broadly speaking, marijuana comes in two major strains – Indica and Sativa.
Cannabis Indica is the strain which is often called a ‘downer’ – basically, consuming Cannabis Indica would make you feel lethargic and sleepy. It makes you feel ‘chained to the couch’ – Cannabis Indica is mainly consumed by those who are going through anxiety, pain or sleeplessness. This is to calm you down and to give you a proper rest.
On the other hand, the Cannabis Sativa strain of marijuana has the opposite effect of what the Indica strain has on you. Cannabis Sativa is what is often known as an ‘Upper’. It gives you a rush in the mind and it helps boost creativity. Sativa is often consumed by artists and performers, and is an energy and focus enhancer. The Sativa strain of marijuana is often consumed by those going through depression as it helps cheer them up.
Uses of Marijuana
There are many uses of marijuana – mostly either recreational or medical. Medical marijuana has been quite common, provided for the treatment of various diseases and to ease the pain for some treatments. Recreational use of marijuana has been going on since ages. It is one of the oldest known psychoactive substances and has been associated with recreational use to get a ‘high’ since thousands of years.
One of the most popularly consumed psychoactive substances, marijuana can be consumed in a number of ways – it can be smoked, drank with tea, or mixed with food or vaped. In one of our forthcoming chapters, we will take a detailed look at how people consume marijuana and what are some of the best ways to consume it.
Legality of Marijuana
For a major part of the previous century, marijuana was a banned substance and was termed a ‘drug’, consumption and possession of which was often severely punishable. However, with the passage of years there has been a rise in the awareness of the benefits of weed – and many countries have eventually begun to make it legal to some extent. The US being the most notable example, where marijuana awareness is now at an all-time high, a number of states have made it legal to some extent. We discuss the legality of marijuana in detail in one of our upcoming chapters.