A Beginner Guide to Cannabis

Marijuana, marihuana, locoweed, the devil's lettuce, these are all prohibition terms used to describe a misunderstood plant called cannabis. The common misconception about cannabis or marijuana is that it's new. This is false. Cannabis has been intertwined throughout humanity for as long as recorded history has taken place. Some of the earliest recordings of cannabis date back to 2900 BC with the Chinese emperor Fu Hsi.

A Beginner Guide to Cannabis

From this point, cannabis was utilized globally throughout history by multiple cultures and civilizations. Prohibition of this plant which began in the 1930s thanks to a racist, angry individual named Harry Jacob Anslinger is quite possibly the only adverse effect of cannabis. By keeping this plant from the people, those in power have helped facilitate a plethora of chaos. From the destruction of families due to probation laws to the demise of countless citizens at the cost of their physical health, cannabis laws are continuing to hurt Americans as well as any others who are living in countries still supporting draconian marijuana prohibition.

Cannabis is not a scientifically created plant. It grew naturally and was put here by someone other than humans. Science has tried to replicate the effects of cannabis to no success. Drugs like Epidiolex, Sativex, and Marinol have done more harm than good. These drugs actually have fatality associated with them. This is something that cannot be said about cannabis. No one has ever died in recorded human history as a direct result of cannabis consumption.

Understanding the Language of Cannabis

Even in a country as advanced as the United States of America the government doesn't understand the terminology or language associated with cannabis. They still refer to the substance as marijuana which is actually a slang term referencing the plant. In fact, the US federal government is responsible for some of the confusion as they initially called cannabis, marihuana which was later translated to marijuana.

There are tons of different slang terms it seems that reference cannabis. Here are a few of the more common ones that you will hear. Weed, ganja, smoke, herb, crisp, loud, dank, dro, marijuana, and cheeba are all slang terms that reference cannabis in the flower form.

Prep Work and Smoking

Then there are terms like tubes. Doing tubes refers to taking hits off of a water bong. Dabbing is a term that references smoking cannabis concentrates that are often called extracts or dabs. You have different types of pipes. Glass pipes, metal pipes, stone pipes, and wood pipes are the most common. They come in styles like sherlock's, steamrollers, one-hitters, chillums, and more. A tray is something used to break up, deseed, destem, and prep your cannabis for rolling or packing in a bowl. Wraps, slips, or skins refer to rolling papers used to roll joints. A blunt is a cigar hollowed-out then filled with weed and rerolled.

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There's indoor weed usually referencing strong or potent herb, and then there's outdoor weed generally referencing schwag but this is not always the case. Cannabis is grown indoors and outdoors. Typically outdoor growing is done in soil whereas indoor grows are frequently done hydroponically. Again however, this isn’t always the case.


When it comes to measuring cannabis you have grams, eighths, quarters, and ounces that your average consumer purchases. These are all references to units of measurement starting at 1 gram going to 3.5 grams, 7, 14, and 28 grams. This begins to cover the tip of the iceberg of the language associated with cannabis. Professionals across this budding industry will agree that it is time for us to establish an official language for weed.

Different Types of Cannabis

There are literally hundreds of different types of cannabis today. Cannabis genetics have been crossed to create some fantastic varieties of the plant, so many people love. There are basically three types of cannabis being Indica, Sativa, and hybrids. Within these three types of cannabis, there are also strains referred to as landrace strains and one's called ruderalis or ditch weed. Ruderalis strains are often used to create autoflowering varieties of cannabis. Indica cannabis strains are known to produce heavier sedating body effects whereas Sativa strains produce motivational, energetic, and creative results. Hybrid cannabis strains offer the best of both worlds providing a delicate balance of both Sativa and Indica characteristics.

When visiting a dispensary to make a cannabis purchase, they will often ask you what you're looking for Indica, Sativa, or hybrid. The rule of thumb is Indicas are a night-time consumption strain, Sativas are a motivational daytime strain, and hybrids provide the balance for those that require something different. When it comes to the names of different strains, it's hard to keep up with them all. If you're wanting to know some information about a strain you're considering purchasing or have purchased you can always reference the name online by visiting Leafly or Allbud.

Forms of Consumption

Cannabis doesn't just float around in the form of flowers anymore. When it comes to the world of marijuana, it's available in multiple methods of consumption. Of course, you have the traditional flower form. Then there are edibles which are more than just brownies and cookies today. Cannabis infused edibles are available in everything from coffee and Rice Krispie treats to gummies, hard candies, and everything in between.

There's cannabis concentrates called dabs. They're also referred as BHO, PHO, wax, honey oil, shatter, sugar wax, and a few other names. Vaping is a trend that's growing in popularity. This is done using a CO2 cannabis oil and vape pens similar to that used for e-cigs. Cannabis capsules are growing in popularity providing consumers with measured titrates providing everything from pain relief to sleep.

Cannabis topicals are lotions, creams, and other products that are applied topically to your skin. Transdermal cannabis products such as patches and lotions are also available. That's not all though! Cannabis is also available in sublingual tinctures that can be placed under the tongue and absorbed quickly. Today you can also find cannabis in the form of a suppository as well.

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The Effects of Cannabis

The effects of cannabis will vary from consumer to consumer. Each person will have a slightly unique body chemistry that will react differently to the compounds found in cannabis. Generally, people that fall into the same group will experience the same general effects from cannabis. Happy, hungry, horny, and  sleepy as Katt Williams said are some of the most common effects of cannabis but not in that particular order. Cannabis does more than just give people the giggles. Although, more people need to laugh today than ever before. Cannabis also helps with a plethora of other issues. Here are just a few of the major ones.

  • Pain relief

  • Insomnia

  • Appetite stimulant

  • Reduces anxiety

  • Reduces stress

The affects you will feel from cannabis depend upon your method of consumption as well as the variety of cannabis you're consuming. For example, edibles oftentimes provide people with a more relaxed and sleepy high. It also takes anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours to feel the effects of eating a cannabis-infused edible. Smoking a joint or taking a dab is the quickest way to feel the effects from cannabis. When this method is performed, the results are felt virtually instantly. They tend the last anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours for the average consumer with some people experiencing effects that last much longer.

The United States Department of Health holds a patent for cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants and has held this patent since the late 1990s. Medical professionals are coming forward to admit cannabis is a medicine. Although, this is something many people have already discovered on their own or have already known most of their life. While research is still being conducted on animals there are countless people willing to take and partake in research trials and investigations to solidify and determine the true effectiveness of cannabis as a medicine.