Cannabis 101: Cannabis Has Grown Up
Posted: Aug 17 2017
Cannabis, you’ve heard about it… maybe you’ve even smoked it (don’t worry, I won’t tell a soul) … and lately, it’s been all over the news.
Why? So here’s the thing, Cannabis has grown up. It's no longer the joint you smoked on the bleachers after school and it isn’t really the gateway drug that we grew up thinking it was. Cannabis is a medicine. It’s an alternative to that glass of wine you drink to end your day…. And it’s about to become the hottest ingredient in skin care. But before we talk about all of that, I’m going to spend some time teaching you about some cannabis basics.
- Cannabis (also known as marijuana, weed, dope, herb etc.) is made up of 483 known compounds. THCis probably the one you have heard about the most, and it is the active ingredient that has psychoactive properties. Cannabis can be used by smoking, vaporizing, eaten (edibles), or as an extracted substance (oils, waxes etc.)
- Cannabis can be used by smoking, vaporizing, eaten (edibles), or as an extracted substance (oils, waxes etc.)
- Cannabis has been used for a really long time. In fact, the earliest written reference to cannabis dates back to 2727 B.C., from the Chinese emperor Shennong.
The legal status of Cannabis?
Well, that’s a bit confusing…but here’s my attempt to simplify it:
Are you American?
Cannabis is still federally illegal. And the fines and penalties for possession can be pretty steep depending on where you live. A ton of states have legalized, or are working toward legalization…so if you live in California, Oregon, Nevada, Washington, Alaska etc…. you’re one of the lucky ones J.
Medical cannabis is legal across the country. Recreational cannabis will also be legal by July 2018. Easy peasy.
Cannabis has either been legalized or decriminalized in:
Czech Republic, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Portugal, and Canada.
Cannabis is used medically, recreationally and spiritually.
I’ll tell you about some of the anecdotal benefits, but it is important to note that the use of cannabis as a medicine hasn’t been rigorously tested due to restrictions on production and possession. Cannabis has been shown to help prevent seizures in children with epilepsy, improve appetite in cancer patients undergoing treatment, reduce nausea and treat chronic pain. The hope is that with legalization progressing, the research body of evidence around medical uses for cannabis will continue to grow!
I think that’s it for all of the boring stuff… but stay tuned! My next post is going to cover CBD, one of the lesser talked about active ingredients in cannabis and something that might change your skincare routine forever --- in a good way!