Pot 101: Basic things to know about Marijuana
Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ9-THC), (commonly called THC) is the principal psychoactive constituent of the cannabis plant. This is the most active ingredient in Cannabis but it is only one of 60 "cannabinoids" produced in the plant. Many of the other cannabinoids have medicinal effects but it is the THC that produces the "high" effect.
All the Cannabinoids are produced in the Trichomes which grow like tiny hairs on the leaves of the plant. The round head of the trichome is where the Cannabinoids are produced.
Hash is made by collecting just the trichomes. Hash is normally 30-40% THC.
Hash Oil is made by dissolving the THC out of the trichomes with a solvent, then when you evaporate the solvent off, you're left with pure THC oil which is often 60-80% THC.
There are actually Many different Cannabinoids.
Terpenes also have medicinal effects. Read more here...
Marijuana effects everyone a little differently, but in general,
On the menu page of this website, you may notice that many varieties are crosses between Indica and Sativa parents. The resulting variety will often be listed as a percentage of each parent, such as 20% Sativa and 80% Indica.
Is pot smoking bad for your lungs? It seems to be the general consensus for all the studies I've read, that smoking cannabis is somewhere between harmless and low risk. It's definitely not even in the same ballpark with the level of risk from smoking cigarettes. However, smoke is made up of small particles of burned plant matter which can irritate your lungs - especially if you have any sort of previous lung or immune system problems.
Minimizing Smoking Risks..... Cannabis consumers who desire the rapid onset of action associated with inhalation but who are concerned about the potential harms of noxious smoke can dramatically cut down on their intake of compounds in the smoke by using a vaporizer instead of smoking.
Vaporizing limits respiratory toxins by heating the cannabis only to a temperature where the THC vaporizes, but below the point of combustion where noxious smoke is produced.
Vaporization will deliver quick doses of cannabinoids while reducing the users intake of smoke.
Senior citizens who may be curious about Medical Marijuana should definitely