Countries around the world are introducing new cannabis laws to accommodate the rage around the use of the substance. In addition, there is a significant increase in the number of people using cannabis for self-medication.
Cannabis has become a sought material as more and more industries introduce products with cannabis as a key ingredient. Ranging from the wellness and health industry to the beauty industry, cannabis has spread like wildfire.
Some states have already introduced laws that lift the ban from growing cannabis and its possession in the US. Also, some states have decriminalized the product, others have conditionally legalized it in certain percentages.
An article on Green Entrepreneur elaborates the bill passed by Texas concerning cannabis concentration and other psychedelics.
Obtained from the plant Cannabis sativa, cannabis is a herbal drug whose two main constituent chemicals are Cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
Cannabis has over a hundred different chemicals, each of which induces a distinct effect on an individual’s body. Additionally, cannabidiol is the chemical that gives cannabis its medicinal properties.
Moreover, THC is the active compound that interacts with the endocannabinoids and produces the feeling of being high. Classified as an analgesic, cannabis is a hallucinogen that has wide-ranging effects.
The large turnover of the population towards cannabis-containing products has become a compelling force to test its uses. Furthermore, researchers are conducting experiments to find evidence of the variety of benefits cannabis consumption has.
Moreover, ongoing experiments keep proving and disproving the efficacy of cannabis for different conditions.
Conclusive evidence for the use of cannabis as an effective treatment exists for the following conditions:
- Chronic pain
- Nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy
- Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
For a wide range of other conditions, the usefulness of cannabis is being tested. However, it is also helpful in people who have a low appetite, Tourette’s syndrome, and anxiety.
Additionally, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved cannabis-containing medicine used to treat two severe types of epilepsy that are rare and unresponsive to other treatments.
Methods of Consumption
With the production of unique and bizarre cannabis-containing products, the methods of consumption have also evolved. Smoking marijuana is no longer the only way to get high off the plant’s chemicals.
Other ways to use cannabis include: vaping and smoking, consuming edibles that contain it, eating it raw or brewing tea with it, taking it as a supplement or capsules, and applying it as topical treatments and oils.
The method of growing the plant impacts its potency and the effects it has.
Also, cannabis consumers feel psychedelic effects that include the feeling of euphoria and happiness, relief in any pain, relaxation, increased appetite, changes in perception of time, place, and colors, and increased talkativeness.
Risks of Cannabis Use
Along with all the known psychedelic and medical effects, we know that cannabis has; it also has side effects. Like everything else, the pros and cons go hand in hand. However, it is upon us to weigh both and decide for ourselves.
The risks cannabis consumption imposes are:
- Risk of getting into accidents as it impairs judgment and clouds the mind and vision.
- Preliminary studies suggest that cannabis adversely affects the immune system
- A study suggests the risk of acute memory loss in people who use headier forms of cannabis
- The American Dental Association has linked cannabis to gum diseases.
- According to a 2018 review, increased risk of cannabis raises the risk of testicular cancer
Another rather usually ignored aspect of cannabis use is the probability of developing an addiction or dependence on it. Moreover, in such a case, quitting its use has some withdrawal symptoms like mood swings, insomnia, restlessness, etc.
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Psychedelics are substances that induce states of altered perception, thoughts, moods, and cognitive processes. These affect all the senses and create visual disturbances and alterations in the sense of time and emotions.
Hallucinogens, or psychedelics, are psychoactive compounds that interfere with brain activity and cause consumers to see and hear things or people that don’t exist. There are both natural and synthetic psychedelics.
We usually find naturally occurring psychedelic compounds in trees, vines, seeds, and leaves.
Some of the commonly used psychedelics include psilocybin, Ayahuasca, LSD (Lysergic acid diethylamide), and synthetic psychedelic NBOMe.
Psychedelics- Methods of Consumption
Psychedelics have been under use since ancient times in various cultures for mysterious spiritual associations. Consumption of different psychedelics varies depending on their different forms. However, common methods include inhaling or swallowing LSD, DMT and Mescaline.
Magic mushrooms are usually eaten fresh, or they can be cooked or brewed into tea. Consumers usually snort, put NBOMe under the tongue or hold it in their cheek.
Effects of Psychedelics
Although usually, people get the desired result they intend to get from using psychedelics; sometimes the effects become too much to handle. Such scenarios are called bad trips and can cause unpredictable behavior.
Sometimes such fearful and disturbing hallucinations can lead to anxiety, panic, and even suicide attempts. Generally, the effects of psychedelics are similar to those of cannabis.
Using psychedelics also induces euphoria, alterations in the senses, hallucinations, nausea, vomiting, and even increased heart rates. But, unfortunately, there is no safe way to use psychedelics.
Furthermore, frequent use of psychedelics can lead to addiction or dependence.
Ruling of Texas Government on Cannabis and Psychedelics
One part of the bills is concerned with lowering the penalty imposed for the possession of marijuana concentrates. Furthermore, a measure in the bill allows for examining the therapeutic effects of psychedelics in Texas.
This bill will allow the examination and comparison between the dangers and advantages of different psychedelics that may prove to be possible treatments for a military veteran.
This bill, if passed, will mark the first time that punishment is lessened for possession of marijuana in Texas. This legislation allows possession of up to 56 grams of marijuana concentrates and still holds a threat of punishment.
However, Senators modified the bill before they passed it to test the potency of its constituents. However, it is expected that this policy will fail as the legality of a plant based on its composition is ineffective and expensive.
This is an initial step towards decriminalization and legalization of cannabis constituents and psychedelics that Texas has taken.
We may expect the consequences of this acceptance to be good considering the experimental advancements it allows for.
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