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Cannabis, popularly known as Marijuana, is a psychoactive drug that originates from the Cannabis plant. Native. This drug has been used for both recreation and entheogenic purposes. It is not only used in the modern-day but was also used as medicine in the earlier centuries. The primary psychoactive component of Cannabis is Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), but it is just one of 483 known compounds of the plant. It is quite difficult to distinguish between the Sativa vs. Indica Cannabis strains, but they can still be differentiated.
Effect on the body
Indica and sativa are just among the many strains of Cannabis, and they have different effects on the human body. Whereas Indica is majorly associated with the whole body. It induces deep relaxation and is known to reduce insomnia (lack of sleep); Sativa, on the other hand, is known for its ‘head high’ effect. It has an energizing effect that can help to increase creativity and focus.
Another difference between Sativa vs. Indica Cannabis strains lies in their physical appearance. Indica plants are generally shorter and bushier than sativa plants. Indica plants have short and broad leaves with short wide blades. Sativa, on the other hand has long leaves with long thin edges. The difference can also be seen in their buds. Indica strains have wide, dense, and bulky buds, while Sativa strains have buds that seem to be longer.
Indica strains are known to contain CBD. Variables in the strain can be CBD, THC only, or a combination of both. THC is the dominant variable in the Sativa strain, and they do not contain CBD.
Treatment of chronic pain
Chronic pain is a significant cause of disability in the world today. The cannabinoids in Cannabis can reduce pain by altering how the brain interprets the pain in the body. It aids in conditions such as arthritis, migraine, endometriosis, and fibromyalgia.
Evidence has it that oral cannabinoids are effective against nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy. Continuous use of Cannabis also slows the growth of cancerous cells and may even kill the cells eventually.
There is evidence that supports the use of Cannabis to relieve depression and post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms.
There are several conditions that affect humans and cause inflammation in the body. These conditions include; Crohn’s disease, Irritable bowel syndrome, and rheumatoid arthritis. It is the Cannabinoid in Marijuana that helps prevent inflammation and raise the standard of your health.
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Effect on mental health
Cannabis has different effects on people, and while it can cause them to be calm and relaxed, in others, it can cause anxiety, fear, and unnecessary panic. The use of Marijuana may also increase your chances for clinical depression. The use of Cannabis may also impair your judgment and bar you from thinking straight, especially when taken in large amounts.
Research has it that 1 in 10 people who use Cannabis become addicted. Cannabis addicts have been known to ruin their relationships and even jobs.
In a nutshell, Cannabis, though illegal in most countries, has proven benefits to the human body, but it also has side effects as discussed above. Hence one should do proper research on the Sativa vs. Indica Cannabis strains before using them.