Marijuana is a drug that’s known by a lot of different names, including cannabis, weed and pot. The drug consists of the dried flowers of the cannabis plant and is consumed in several ways, including via hand-rolled joints, pipes, vaporizers and more. It can also be mixed in with tea or cooked into foods to create edibles. There are different strains of cannabis, each with different effects.
However, no two people will experience marijuana high the same way since the psychological effects vary based on dozens of factors, including tolerance and mental health. Whether used medicinally or recreationally, different cannabis strains can have one or more of the following physical and mental effects:
- Relaxation, both physical and mental
- Altered state of mind
- Impaired short-term memory
- Altered sense of time
- Impaired body movement
- Increased appetite
Oftentimes, medicinal marijuana will be available in edible form, making it easier to consume while prolonging its effects. Unlike inhaling cannabis through the lungs, edibles are eaten, digested and absorbed through the bloodstream, providing a stronger high. However, there needs to be just the right amount of cannabis in the food for it to have the desired effect. Too much marijuana or even a different strain can cause nausea, vomiting and paranoia, along with other undesirable and uncomfortable physical and mental effects.