We stoners are curious people, and our marijuana habits only open our minds to more questions. You may have even pondered many questions about the cannabis you are consuming as you puff away on your pipe or nibble your brownies. How much do you even know about the very marijuana you are consuming? You may be a regular stoner, but it doesn’t mean you are a cannabis expert. We’ve rounded up your most pressing stoner questions, and we have your answers! Here’s everything about marijuana you’ve ever wondered but forgot to Google.
1. What Are Cannabis Strains?
Not all marijuana is created equally. Different kinds of cannabis flowers produce different effects. Cannabis strains are the unique lineages of marijuana plants that have been bred over time to produce certain desired effects. Growers have specially selected these plants due to their distinctive qualities. Some strains promote drowsiness and help the user sleep, while other strains encourage creativity and productivity. You can identify strains by their names, like the popular Blue Dreams or Sour Diesel.
2. What Is The Difference Between Indica And Sativa?
Indicas and sativas are the two classifications of cannabis strains. They have different appearances, heritages, genetics, and effects. Indicas are considered to be mellower, producing a calming effect. They’re perfect for sleeping and anxiety. Sativas are more of an upper, giving the user a more cerebral and productive high. A sativa is better suited for daytime, whereas an indica is better for nighttime.
3. What Is THC?
THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is a compound that produces the traditional psychoactive cannabis high that most people think of when they think of weed. Strains with THC produce mind-altering effects, thanks to its ability to connect to special cell receptors in the brain. You can thank THC for your high.
4. What Is CBD?
CBD, or cannabidiol, is a nonpsychoactive compound found in some strains of marijuana. While THC connects to the cell receptors in the brain, CBD does not directly interact with the cell receptors. This is why cannabis strains with only CBD and no THC do not produce a high effect, but can boast many health benefits and be prescribed by doctors.
5. What Is The Difference Between Medical Marijuana And Recreational Marijuana?
Medical marijuana comes in a greater variety of forms than recreational marijuana. However, at the end of the day, marijuana is marijuana whether it is medical or recreational. While medical marijuana can still be consumed recreationally, it is grown and produced into forms that are better suited for different kinds of patients. For example, cancer patients often prefer to use highly potent, concentrated cannabis oils in hopes of reducing the size of tumors. Some medical strains also contain only CBD, as opposed to THC, and are nonpsychoactive.
6. If You Hold Your Hit Longer, Will You Get Higher?
You may have been told by your older brother or sister to hold your hit as long as you could when you first tried smoking weed. They assured you that this was the best way to get really high, and you followed suit. However, this idea is actually a myth. In fact, more than 95% of the THC in marijuana enters the system within seconds of inhaling. Feel free to take shorter hits; it won’t make any difference to your high.
7. Does Smoking A Larger Amount Of Weed Get You Higher?
Yes, if you smoke a ton of weed you are going to get higher than you would if you simply took a couple hits off of your bong. The same goes for edibles. If you eat a plate of cookies, you’re going to be way more stoned than if you just ate one. However, it is possible that you can hit a limit. Your high may plateau if you consume too much cannabis too soon. THC hits your brain within seconds of inhaling and peaks in your blood plasma about 8 minutes after consumption. When you hit your limit, your body will filter out the excess THC and store it in fat cells to be released later. Be careful when smoking or consuming copious amounts of weed, though. Too much can spike anxiety and paranoia and, in some cases, can even cause you to vomit.
8. Does Smoking More Weed Make Your High Last Longer?
Yes, the more marijuana you smoke or consume, the longer you will be high. Since the excess THC is stored in fat, it will continue to be released into your system. This is why some people describe having hangover-like feelings the day after smoking a lot or eating too many edibles. Too much weed can leave you feeling lethargic and dazed after the initial high. If you’re eating edibles, these effects will be more pronounced, as edibles tend to be far more potent. Ingesting too many can leave you feeling out-of-it for days.
9. How Can You Reduce Your High?
If you already overindulged and feel too high, don’t panic. There are steps you can take to help reduce your high faster than simply waiting it out. Drink a glass of cold iced water or eat spicy foods to jolt your system. You can even try eating citrus fruits, as they are thought to diminish unwanted effects thanks to a compound called terpenes.
10. Can You Become Addicted To Marijuana?
No, you cannot become addicted to weed. You do not need to worry, as marijuana is not addictive. It contains no chemicals, compounds, or properties that are physically addicting. Should you stop smoking weed, you will not go through withdrawals and end up sweating and in pain. Some people do develop an emotional or mental dependency on cannabis, though, but this is very different from a physical addiction.
11. How Long Does THC Stay In Your System?
As you continue to smoke weed or ingest it in some manner, like eating edibles, THC will build up in your body. The amount of time it stays in your system depends on your body and how often you consume it. The more you smoke or consume, though, the longer it will stay in your body. If you smoked one time, THC can stay in your system for up to 8 days, whereas if you are a heavy smoker or consumer of marijuana, it can last in your body for up to 77 days. A good rule of thumb is to give yourself a month to pass a urine test if you are a regular marijuana user. THC doesn’t stay as long in your blood, though. With regular use it will only stay for up to 1 week, whereas with a one-time use, it will leave your bloodstream in 24 hours.
12. How Can You Flush Weed Out Of Your System?
Perhaps the most common stoner question of all! How on earth can you get marijuana out of your system when you need to? If you are looking to detox your system or pass a drug test, there are steps you can take to help flush THC out of your system. Besides simply waiting for the time to pass, you can drink extra amounts of water every day to help dilute your urine. Drink up to 4 liters of water on the days you are detoxing. You can even purchase detox drinks, which contain Vitamin B and creatine to help hide the fact that your urine is diluted if you are hoping to pass a drug test.
13. What’s The Healthiest Way To Smoke Weed?
If you are concerned about your lungs and overall health, but still want to smoke weed, you do have options that are healthier than others. The healthiest way to smoke is to use a vaporizer. Vaporization is smoke-free and works by steadily heating your weed up until it’s hot enough to extract its THC into a vapor that you inhale. Water bongs and bubblers are your next healthiest options, since the water cools the smoke before it enters your lungs. Just be sure to clean your bongs and water pipes regularly, as carcinogens and resin can build up inside and cause irritation.