It’s no secret that marijuana can be highly beneficial under certain circumstances, for a wide variety of health concerns that may be difficult to deal with by other means. Aside from the legal implications which will vary depending on your state or country, there is a growing debate about the medical applications of using cannabis which is gradually swinging in favour of making it more accessible for people.
The reasons people are interested in marijuana for health reasons are numerous, and we have addressed many of them before. It’s possible to delve into great detail about why and how cannabis can help treat and prevent such a wide variety of conditions, but suffice to say research has shown positive results for people dealing with PTSD, MS, anxiety, arthritis, lung disease and more. It can even be effective at preventing the spread of Alzheimer’s disease and cancer.
The science behind it all is very interesting once you get to grips with it. Normally it’s recommended to have as thorough an understanding as possible when you’re dealing with drugs and trying to affect your body’s natural responses to afflictions or situations. The main active elements in marijuana that you should be aware of for medical purposes are cannabidol (CBD), which can affect the brain but without a traditional “high” that leads to a comedown, and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which has pain relieving effects.
CBD and THC are the chemicals that scientists have the most interest in extracting from cannabis to use in other forms. They could potentially have an amazing impact on medicine, so research into their possible extraction and application is currently ongoing by specialists in the field. Until then, we have marijuana to provide the same health benefits, although it does come with side effects. Of course, smoking is not recommended by healthcare professionals in any circumstances, so consuming medical marijuana in edible forms is far preferable and cuts out most of the dangerous potential side effects.
Whether you regularly smoke marijuana or you’re just an occasional user, costs can rack up quickly which isn’t ideal for anyone. It also doesn’t make a difference whether you’re using it for medical reasons or recreational use. Who wouldn’t want to cut down on their expenditure? Here are some top ideas for minimising costs.
1) Be wary of freeloaders
Social smoking is more fun for a lot of people, and maybe the only time you actually smoke weed. The problem is we all know that one person (or maybe more) who never seems to contribute but always hangs around to join in. If you can be less lax about sharing your stash you’re bound to save money.
2) Don’t burn, vape
Burning a blunt or a joint will inevitably cause some of your marijuana to get wasted, especially if you burn it for too long. Vaping preserves all the contents of what you put in, so your weed becomes more effective, plus it’s a less messy process and you don’t need to pay for wraps.
3) Buy at the right time
It’s not likely to work out best for your wallet if you only ever buy marijuana when you’re completely out. You might be led to making worse deals than you would have normally. Start a fresh purchase before you run out and stash the rest somewhere you’ll temporarily forget about it, then you’ll always have a little extra to fall back on, plus you can shop around for a better deal.
4) Smoke the roaches
Try saving up all the remains of your earlier joints or roll-ups and combining them into a blunt later. That way you’ll be able to get all the extra cannabis that may have been left behind the first time, sort of like a reward card where you pay for 9 smokes and your 10th is free.
5) Grow your own
It might be a good idea to buy marijuana seeds online (which tends to be easier and cheaper) so you can set up your own personal weed garden. This can work out much cheaper for some people, so it might be worth a try. It also means you can experiment with different seeds and plants to make the process more interesting.
In the USA, the marijuana industry is growing so healthily that it’s being referred to as the “Green Rush”, with more growers and sellers getting into the trade every day. This isn’t all based on the underground industry, either, since 25 American states have legalised cannabis in some form or another, despite it still being outlawed overall by federal regulations.
This complicated system of rules and exceptions has been gradually pieced together over the decades, as initially the drug was deemed to have no useful applications and classed as more harmful than it was worth, despite any potential benefits. In 1970 it was banned across the country due to concerns about the risks associated with smoking marijuana, especially due to worries about young people becoming addicted to it early in life and spiralling out of control from there. It was always been seen by the most concerned people as a gateway into other more addictive and dangerous drugs.
However, since the initial ban on all cannabis, the states have gradually adopted their own individual laws legalising it for certain uses. In some areas it has become classed as acceptable to use marijuana for medical reasons, for example to help people suffering from stress and anxiety, as well as for pain relief. In other areas, personal use for recreational purposes is also allowed, but selling the drug itself is not. This is why many sellers provide seeds rather than plants, allowing users to grow their own if they choose to for their own personal use.
In a few places, however, selling marijuana in certain forms is now legal too, which is what is currently contributing to a significant upturn for the overall market. More business-minded people are coming into the industry with fresh and creative ideas, so new legal businesses focused on providing cannabis in various forms are popping up across the USA. These include delivery services for marijuana, food and snacks made with marijuana, and tourist attractions based around the history of cannabis or even showing off cannabis farms.