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5 things you might not know about marijuana

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(CNBNews)(January 13, 2021)--One industry that has seen a boom in the last few years, one that many people would never have expected to, and one that has surprised many, is the marijuana industry. Since marijuana was legalized in a few states in America, it has generated around $13 billion and continues to grow. Many people know what marijuana does, at least in terms of its psychoactive properties, and what happens when you smoke it, although not many know about its healing or medicinal properties. 

There are probably a few reasons for this; most of the time, when it was spoken about prior to legalization, it was called a gateway drug and a lot of stigmas was attached to it, which created a negative connotation. Even more, people don’t know about the facts related to marijuana, because it still really isn’t spoken about in ordinary conversation all that much. Well, here are 5 things you might not know about marijuana. 

Different heating matters

Since vaporizers are relatively new, this fact is probably not so well known. When using a dry herb vaporizer, the heat generated is much less than the heat generated through combustion, in other words using a flame to burn the herb. 

What this means is that when using combustion, a lot of the herb is wasted, and the cannabinoids aren’t burned effectively. A vaporizer on the other hand doesn’t waste any of the herbs, and more cannabinoids are activated at the lower heat. This translates to a cleaner, focused, and less confusing high. 

It requires a lot of energy

Unfortunately, as the demand for marijuana grows around the world, so will the energy consumption. This is because indoor marijuana requires special grow lights that consume a lot of energy. 

To be precise; if you had a car that could travel 88 miles using 2 gallons of fuel, you could probably travel across the country twice and a bit further, for the same amount of energy required to grow 2.2 pounds of indoor marijuana. Outdoor crops could use a considerably smaller amount of energy.

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Dependance could be higher for females

Marijuana could have a different effect on women than it does on men. Studies on female rats have shown that there was an increased chance that they would develop a higher tolerance faster than males. 

This means that it could increase the possibility of dependence on marijuana, although on the other hand, the female rats were also more susceptible to the pain-relieving properties the herb provides. Having an increased tolerance means having to smoke more to feel the effects, and smoking higher quantities potentially increases the odds of dependency. 

Cannabis and your heart

Many people are under the impression that anyone can smoke cannabis and not have to worry about any negative side effects or harm to the body. Unfortunately, this doesn’t seem to be the case in light of relatively new research. Studies have shown that there is a link between some cases of cardiac arrest and the consumption of marijuana. The most likely cause for this is the fact that marijuana increases your heart rate and blood pressure, which sets the conditions for a heart attack. In other words, don’t consume marijuana and exercise if you are aware that you already are susceptible to heart problems. 

It actually does help

The good news is that it actually does help, and has been helping many people for many years. Medical marijuana has been used in the past and is being used in the present to help treat the symptoms of a number of conditions such as epilepsy, glaucoma, nausea, muscle spasms, seizures, Crohn’s disease, cancer, eating disorders, and multiple sclerosis to name just a few. 

It has been used increasingly more to treat mental health conditions such as schizophrenia and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Research and studies have shown that small dosages administered every day, in conjunction with the appropriate medication, to those suffering from schizophrenia resulted in the improvement of symptoms. Marijuana also helps those suffering from PTSD since it affects the parts of the brain and body responsible for fear and anxiety, which is why people who suffer from anxiety also use medical marijuana to ease the symptoms experienced. 

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