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Cannabis also known as marijuana among other names is a psychoactive drug from the cannabis plant used for medical or recreational purposes the main psychoactive part of cannabis as tetrahydrocannabinol THC one of 483 known compounds in the plant including at least 65 other cannabinoids cannabis can be used by smoking vaporizing within food or as an extract cannabis has mental and physical effects such as creating a high or stoned feeling a general change in perception heightened mood and an increase in appetite onset of effects as within minutes when smoked and about 30 to 60 minutes when cooked in eaten they last for between 2 and 6 hours short-term side effects may include a decrease in short-term memory dry mouth impaired motor skills red eyes and feelings of paranoia or anxiety long-term side effects may include addiction decreased mental ability in those who started as teenagers and behavioral problems in children whose mothers used cannabis during pregnancy studies have found a strong relation between cannabis use and the risk of psychosis though the cause and effect relationship is debated cannabis is mostly used for recreation or as a medicinal drug although it may also be used for spiritual purposes in 2013 between 128 and 232 million people used cannabis 2.7 percent to 4.9 percent of the global population between the ages of 15 and 65 it has the most commonly used illegal drug both in the world in the United States the countries with the highest use among adults as of 2018 are Zambia the United States Canada and Nigeria in 2016 51% of people in the United States had ever used cannabis about 12% had used it in the past year and 7.3 percent had used it in the past month the earliest recorded uses date from the 3rd millennium BC since the early 20th century cannabis has been subject to legal restrictions the possession use and sale of cannabis is illegal in most countries of the world medical cannabis refers to the physician recommended use of cannabis which takes place Canada Belgium Australia the Netherlands Germany Spain and 31 US states in September 2018 cannabis was legalized in South Africa while Canada legalized recreational use of cannabis in October 2018 topic uses you topic medical medical cannabis or medical marijuana can refer to the use of cannabis in its cannabinoids to treat disease or improve symptoms however there is no single agreed upon definition the rigorous scientific study of cannabis as a medicine has been hampered by production restrictions and other federal regulations there is limited evidence suggesting cannabis can be used to reduce nausea and vomiting during chemotherapy to improve appetite in people with hiv/aids and to treat chronic pain and muscle spasms it’s used for other medical applications as insufficient for conclusions about safety or efficacy short term use increases the risk of both minor and major adverse effects common side effects include dizziness feeling tired and vomiting long-term effects of cannabis are not clear concerns include memory and cognition problems risk of addiction schizophrenia in young people and the risk of children taking it by accident topic recreational cannabis has psychoactive and physiological effects when consumed the immediate desired effects from consuming cannabis include relaxation and euphoria the high or stoned feeling a general alteration of conscious perception increased awareness of sensation increased libido and distortions in the perception of time and space at higher doses effects can include altered body image auditory and/or visual illusions pseudo hallucinations and ataxia from selective impairment of polysynaptic reflexes in some cases cannabis can lead to dissociative States such as depersonalization and derealization some immediate undesired side effects include a decrease in short-term memory dry mouth impaired motor skills and reddening of the eyes aside from a subjective change in perception and mood the most common short-term physical and neurological effects include increased heart rate increased appetite and consumption of food lowered blood pressure impairment of short-term and working memory psychomotor coordination and concentration some users may experience an episode of acute psychosis which usually abates after 6 hours but in rare instances heavy users may find the symptoms continuing for many days a reduced quality of life is associated with heavy cannabis use although the relationship is inconsistent and weaker than for tobacco and other substances it is unclear however if the relationship is cause and effect on October 17th 2018 Canada legalized cannabis for recreational adult use making it the second country in the world to do so after Uruguay in the first g7 nation the Canadian licensed producer system may become the gold standard in the world for safe and secure cannabis production including provisions for a robust craft cannabis industry where many expect opportunities for experimenting with different strains laws around use vary from province to province including age limits retail structure and growing at home topic spiritual cannabis has held sacred status in several religions it has been used in an entheogen ik context a chemical substance used in a religious shamanic or spiritual context in the Indian subcontinent since the Vedic period dating back to approximately 1500 BCE but perhaps as far back as 2000 BCE there are several references in Greek mythology to a powerful drug that eliminated anguish and sorrow Herodotus wrote about early ceremonial practices by the Scythians thought to have occurred from the 5th to 2nd century BCE in modern culture the spiritual use of cannabis has been spread by the disciples of the Rastafari movement who use cannabis as a sacrament and as an aid to meditation the earliest known reports regarding the sacred status of cannabis in the Indian subcontinent come from the atharvaveda estimated to have been written sometime around 2,000 to 1400 BCE topic available forms cannabis is consumed in many different ways smoking which typically involves burning and inhaling vaporized cannabinoids smoke from small pipes bongs portable versions of hook is with a water chamber paper wrapped joints or tobacco leaf wrapped blunts and other items vaporizer which heats any form of cannabis to 165 to 190 degrees Celsius 329 to 374 degrees Fahrenheit causing the active ingredients to evaporate into a vapor without burning the plant material the boiling point of THC as 157 degrees Celsius 315 degrees Fahrenheit at 760 millimeters of mercury pressure cannabis tea which contains relatively small concentrations of THC because THC is an oil lipophilic and is only slightly water soluble with a solubility of 2.8 milligrams per liter cannabis tea is made by first adding a saturated fat to hot water eg cream or any milk except skim with a small amount of cannabis edibles where cannabis is added as an ingredient to one of a variety of foods including butter and baked goods in India it is commonly made into a beverage bang capsules typically containing cannabis oil and other dietary supplement products for which some 220 were approved in Canada in 2018 topic adverse effects you topic short-term acute effects may include anxiety and panic impaired attention and memory while intoxicated an increased risk of psychotic symptoms and possibly an increased risk of accidents if a person drives a motor vehicle while intoxicated short-term cannabis intoxication can hinder the mental processes of organizing and collecting thoughts this condition is known as temporal disintegration psychotic episodes are well documented and typically resolved within minutes or hours there have been few reports of symptoms lasting longer according to the United States Department of Health and Human Services there were four hundred fifty-five thousand emergency room visits associated with cannabis use in 2011 these statistics include visits in which the patient was treated for a condition induced by or related to recent cannabis use the drug use must be implicated in the emergency department visit but does not need to be the direct cause of the visit most of the illicit drug emergency room visits involved multiple drugs in 129,000 cases cannabis was the only implicated drug marijuana is the most common illegal drug reported in motor vehicle accidents a 2012 meta-analysis found that cannabis use was associated with an increased risk of being involved in a motor vehicle crash a 2016 review also found a statistically significant increase in crash risk associated with marijuana use but noted that this risk was of low to medium magnitude the increase in risk of motor vehicle crash for cannabis use is between two and three times relative to baseline whereas that for comparable doses of alcohol is between six and fifteen times topic long-term heavy long-term exposure to marijuana may have biologically-based physical mental behavioral and social health consequences and may be associated with diseases of the liver particularly with coexisting hepatitis C lungs heart and vasculature it is recommended that cannabis use be stopped before and during pregnancy as it can result in negative outcomes for both the mother and baby however maternal use of marijuana during pregnancy does not appear to be associated with low birth weight or early delivery after controlling for tobacco use and other confounding factors a 2014 review found that while cannabis use may be less harmful than alcohol use the recommendation to substitute it for problematic drinking is premature without further study other side effects include cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome a limited number of studies have examined the effects of cannabis smoking on the respiratory system chronic heavy marijuana smoking is associated with coughing production of sputum wheezing and other symptoms of chronic bronchitis the available evidence does not support a causal relationship between cannabis use and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease short-term use of cannabis is associated with bronchodilation cannabis smoke contains thousands of organic and inorganic chemical compounds this tar is chemically similar to that found in tobacco smoke and over 50 known carcinogens have been identified in cannabis smoke including nitrosamines reactive aldehydes and poly silicon rogue carbons including benz of pyrene cannabis smoke is also inhaled more deeply than as tobacco smoke as of 2015 there is no consensus regarding whether cannabis smoking is associated with an increased risk of cancer light and moderate use of cannabis has not believed to increase risk of lung or upper airway cancer evidence for causing these cancers is mixed concerning heavy long term use in general there are far lower risks of pulmonary complications for regular cannabis smokers when compared with those of tobacco a 2015 review found an association between cannabis use in the development of testicular germ cell tumors TG CTS particularly non seminoma TG CT a 2015 analysis of six studies found little evidence that long-term or regular cannabis smoking was associated with lung cancer risk though it could not rule out whether an association with heavy smoking exists another 2015 meta-analysis found no association between lifetime cannabis use and risk of head or neck cancer combustion products are not present when using a vaporizer consuming THC in pill form or consuming cannabis foods there is concern that cannabis may contribute to cardiovascular disease as of 2018 evidence of an association is unclear the relationship between cannabis and cardiovascular disease has been poorly studied as of 2017 cannabis is believed to be an aggravating factor in rare cases of arteritis a serious condition that in some cases leads to amputation because 97% of case reports also smoke tobacco a formal association with cannabis could not be made if cannabis arteritis turns out to be a distinct clinical entity it might be the consequence of vasoconstrictor activity observed from Delta 8 THC and Delta 9 THC other serious cardiovascular events including myocardial infarction stroke sudden cardiac death and cardiomyopathy have been reported to be temporally associated with cannabis use research in these events is complicated because cannabis is often used in conjunction with tobacco and drugs such as alcohol and cocaine these putative effects can be taken in context of a wide range of cardiovascular phenomena regulated by the endocannabinoid system and an overall role of cannabis in causing decreased peripheral resistance and increased cardiac output which potentially could pose a threat to those with cardiovascular disease there is some evidence from case reports that cannabis use may provoke fatal cardiovascular events in young people who have not been diagnosed with cardiovascular disease smoking cannabis has also been shown to increase the risk of myocardial infarction by four point eight times for the 60 minutes after consumption topic neural imaging although global abnormalities in white matter and gray matter are not associated with cannabis abuse reduced hippocampal volume is consistently found amygdala abnormalities are sometimes reported although findings are inconsistent preliminary evidence suggests that this effect is largely mediated by THC and that CBD may even have a protective effect cannabis use is associated with increased recruitment of tasks related areas such as the dorsal lateral prefrontal cortex which is thought to reflect compensatory activity due to reduced processing efficiency cannabis use is associated with down-regulation of cb1 receptors the magnitude of down regulation is associated with cumulative cannabis exposure and is reversed after one month of abstinence there is limited evidence that chronic cannabis use can reduce levels of glutamate metabolites in the human brain topic cognition a 2015 meta-analysis found that although a longer period of abstinence was associated with smaller magnitudes of impairment both retrospective and prospective memory were impaired in cannabis users the authors concluded that some but not all of the deficits associated with cannabis use were reversible a 2012 meta-analysis found that deficits in most domains of cognition persisted beyond the acute period of intoxication but was not evident in studies where subjects were abstinent for more than 25 days few high-quality studies have been performed on the long-term effects of cannabis on cognition and results were generally inconsistent furthermore effect sizes of significant findings were generally small one review concluded that although most cognitive faculties were unimpaired by cannabis use residual deficits occurred in executive functions impairments in executive functioning are most consistently found in older populations which may reflect heavier cannabis exposure or developmental effects associated with adolescent cannabis use one review found three prospective cohort studies that examine the relationship between self-reported cannabis use and intelligence quotient IQ the study following the largest number of heavy cannabis users reported that IQ declined between ages 7 to 13 and age 38 poorer school performance and increased incidence of leaving school early were both associated with cannabis use although a causal relationship was not established cannabis users demonstrated increased activity in task related brain regions consistent with reduced processing efficiency topic psychiatric at an epidemiological level a dose-response relationship exists between cannabis use and risk of psychosis although the epidemiological association is robust evidence to suggest a causal relationship is lacking cannabis has also been associated with an earlier onset of psychosis it is not clear whether cannabis use affects the rate of suicide cannabis may also increase the risk of depression but insufficient research has been performed to draw a conclusion cannabis use is associated with increased risk of anxiety disorders although causality has not been established topic reinforcement disorders about 9% of those who experiment with marijuana eventually become dependent according to dsm-iv 1994 criteria a 2013 review estimates daily use is associated with a 10 to 20 percent rate of dependence the highest risk of cannabis dependence is found in those with a history of poor academic achievement deviant behavior in childhood and adolescence rebelliousness poor parental relationships or a parental history of drug and alcohol problems of daily users about 50% experience withdrawal upon cessation of use ie are dependent characterized by sleep problems irritability dysphoria and craving cannabis withdrawal is less severe than withdrawal from alcohol according to DSM V criteria 9 percent of those who are exposed to cannabis developed cannabis use disorder compared to 20% for cocaine 23% for alcohol and 68 percent for nicotine cannabis abuse disorder in the DSM V involves a combination of dsm-iv criteria for cannabis abuse and dependence plus the addition of craving – the criterion related to legal troubles topic overdose THC the principal psychoactive constituent of the cannabis plant has low toxicity the dose of THC needed to kill 50% of tested rodents is extremely high cannabis has not been reported to cause fatal overdose in humans topic pharmacology you topic mechanism of action the high lipid solubility of cannabinoids results in their persisting in the body for long periods of time even after a single administration of THC detectable levels of THC can be found in the body for weeks or longer depending on the amount administered in the sensitivity of the assessment method a number of investigators have suggested that this is an important factor in marijuana’s effects perhaps because cannabinoids may accumulate in the body particularly in the lipid membranes of neurons not until the end of the 20th century was the specific mechanism of action of THC at the neuronal level studied researchers have subsequently confirmed that THC exerts its most prominent effects via its actions on two types of cannabinoid receptors the cb1 receptor in the cb2 receptor both of which are g-protein coupled receptors the cb1 receptor is found primarily in the brain as well as in some peripheral tissues and the cb2 receptor is found primarily in peripheral tissues but is also expressed in neuroglial cells THC appears to alter mood and cognition through its agonist actions on the cb1 receptors which inhibit a secondary messenger system adenylate cyclase in a dose-dependent manner these actions can be blocked by the selective cb1 receptor antagonist ramon event sr 140 1716 which has been shown in clinical trials to be an effective treatment for smoking cessation weight loss and as a means of controlling or reducing metabolic syndrome risk factors however due to the dysphoric effect of cb1 receptor antagonists this drug is often discontinued due to these side effects via CB 1 receptor activation THC indirectly increases dopamine release and produces psychotropic effects cannabidiol CBD also acts as an allosteric modulator of the meu and delta opioid receptors th see also potentiates the effects of the glycine receptors it is unknown if or how these actions contribute to the effects of cannabis topic chemistry you topic detection in body fluids THC and its major an active metabolite THC COOH can be measured in blood urine hair oral fluid or sweat using chromatographic techniques as part of a drug use testing program or a forensic investigation of a traffic or other criminal offense the concentrations obtained from such analyses can often be helpful in distinguishing active use from passive exposure elapsed time since use and extent or duration of use these tests cannot however distinguish authorised cannabis smoking for medical purposes from unauthorized recreational smoking commercial cannabinoid immunoassays often employed as the initial screening method when testing physiological specimens for marijuana presence have different degrees of cross reactivity with THC in its metabolites urine contains predominantly THC COOH while hair oral fluid and sweat contained primarily THC blood may contain both substances with the relative amounts dependent on the recency and extent of usage the Duke NY Levine test is commonly used as a screening test in the field but it cannot definitively confirm the presence of cannabis as a large range of substances have been shown to give false positives despite this it is common in the United States for prosecutors to seek plea bargains on the basis of positive DL tests claiming them to be conclusive or even to seek conviction without the use of gas chromatography confirmation which can only be done in the lab in 2011 researchers at John Jay College of Criminal Justice reported that dietary zinc supplements can mask the presence of THC and other drugs in urine however a 2013 study conducted by researchers at the University of Utah School of Medicine refute the possibility of self administered zinc producing false negative urine drug tests topic varieties and strains CBD as a 5-ht one a receptor agonist which may also contribute to an anxiety effect this likely means the high concentrations of CBD found in cannabis indica mitigate the anxa genic effect of THC significantly the cannabis industry claims that sativa strains provide a more stimulating psychoactive high while indica strains are more sedating with a body high however this is disputed by researchers topic psychoactive ingredients according to the united nations office on drugs and crime unodc the amount of THC present in a cannabis sample as generally used as a measure of cannabis potency the three main forms of cannabis products are the flower resin hashish and oil hash oil the UNODC states that cannabis often contains 5% THC content resin can contain up to 20% THC content and that cannabis oil may contain more than 60% THC content a 2012 review found that the THC content in marijuana had increased worldwide from 1970 to 2009 it is unclear however whether the increase in THC content has caused people to consume more THC or if users adjust based on the potency of the cannabis it is likely that the higher THC content allows people to ingest less tar at the same time CBD levels in seized samples have lowered in part because of the desire to produce higher THC levels and because more illegal growers cultivate indoors using artificial lights this helps avoid detection but reduces the CBD production of the plant Australia’s National cannabis prevention and Information Center and CPIC states that the buds flowers of the female cannabis plant contain the highest concentration of THC followed by the leaves the stalks and seeds have much lower THC levels the UN states that leaves can contain 10 times less THC than the buds and the stalks 100 times less THC after revisions to cannabis scheduling in the UK the government moved cannabis back from a Class C to a Class B drug a purported reason was the appearance of high potency cannabis they believe skunk accounts for between 70 and 80 percent of samples seized by police despite the fact that skunk can sometimes be incorrectly mistaken for all types of herbal cannabis extracts such as hashish and hash oil typically contain more THC than high potency cannabis flowers topic preparations you topic marijuana marijuana or marijuana herbal cannabis consists of the dried flowers and subtending leaves and stems of the female cannabis plant this is the most widely consumed form containing 3 percent to 20% THC with reports of up to 33 percent THC this is the stock material from which all other preparations are derived although herbal cannabis and industrial hemp derived from the same species and contain the psychoactive component THC they are distinct strains with unique biochemical compositions and uses hemp has lower concentrations of THC and higher concentrations of CBD which decreases the psychoactive effects topic Keith Keef is a powder rich in trichomes which can be sifted from the leaves and flowers of cannabis plants and either consumed in powder form or compressed to produce cakes of hashish the word kif derives from colloquial Arabic calf calf kif meaning pleasure topic hashish hashish also spelled hashish hashishin or simply hash is a concentrated resin cake or ball produced from pressed Keef the detached trichomes and fine material that falls off cannabis flowers and leaves or from scraping the resin from the surface of the plants and rolling it into balls it varies in color from black to golden brown depending upon purity and variety of cultivar it was obtained from it can be consumed orally or smoked and is also vaporized or vaped the term rosin hash refers to a high-quality solvent list product obtained through heat and pressure topic tincture cannabinoids can be extracted from cannabis plant matter using high-proof spirits often grain alcohol to create a tincture often referred to as green dragon nabek somalis is a branded product name from a tincture manufacturing pharmaceutical company topic hash oil hash oil as a resinous matrix of cannabinoids obtained from the cannabis plant by solvent extraction formed into a hardened or viscous mass hash oil can be the most potent of the main cannabis products because of its high level of psychoactive compound for its volume which can vary depending on the plants mix of essential oils and psychoactive compounds butane and supercritical carbon dioxide hash oil have become popular in recent years topic infusions there are many varieties of cannabis infusions owing to the variety of non-volatile solvents used the plant material is mixed with the solvent and then pressed and filtered to express the oils of the plant into the solvent examples of solvents used in this process are cocoa butter dairy butter cooking oil glycerin and skin moisturizers depending on the solvent these may be used in cannabis foods or applied topically topic medical use Medical Marijuana refers to the use of the cannabis plant as a physician recommended herbal therapy as well as synthetic THC and cannabinoids so far the medical use of cannabis is legal only in a limited number of territories including Canada Belgium Australia the Netherlands Spain and many US states this usage generally requires a prescription and distribution is usually done within a framework defined by local laws there is evidence supporting the use of cannabis or its derivatives in the treatment of chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting neuropathic pain and multiple sclerosis lower levels of evidence support its use for aids wasting syndrome epilepsy rheumatoid arthritis in glaucoma topic history cannabis is indigenous to Central Asia in the Indian subcontinent and it’s used for fabric and rope dates back to the Neolithic Age in China and Japan it is unclear when cannabis first became known for its psychoactive properties some scholars suggest that the ancient Indian drug soma mentioned in the Vedas was cannabis although this theory is disputed cannabis was known to the ancient Assyrians who discovered its psychoactive properties through the Iranians using it in some religious ceremonies they called it canoe boot meaning way to produce smoke a probable origin of the modern word cannabis the Iranians also introduced cannabis to the Scythians Thracians and Asians whose shaman’s the cap no bowtie those who walk on smoke clouds burned cannabis flowers to induce trance the plant was used in China before 2800 BC and found therapeutic use in India by 1000 BC cannabis has an ancient history of ritual use and is found in pharmacological cults around the world hemp seeds discovered by archaeologists at pay Zurich suggest early ceremonial practices like eating by the Scythians occurred during the 5th to 2nd century BC confirming previous historical reports by Herodotus it was used by Muslims in various Sufi orders as early as the Mamluk period for example by the qalandar x’ smoking pipes uncovered in ethiopia and carbon dated to around c ad 1320 were found to have traces of cannabis following an 1836 to 1840 travel in North Africa and the Middle East French physician Jacques Joseph Moreau wrote on the psychological effects of cannabis use Moreau is a member of Paris’s Club de hashish ins founded in 1844 in 1842 Irish physician William Brooke O’Shaughnessy who had studied the drug while working as a medical officer in Bengal with the East India Company brought a quantity of cannabis with him on his return to Britain provoking renewed interest in the West examples of classic literature of the period featuring cannabis include les parody artificials 1860 by Charles Baudelaire in the hashish eater 1857 by fitz hugh ludlow cannabis was criminalized in various countries beginning in the 19th century the British colonies of Mauritius ban cannabis in 1840 over concerns on its effect on Indian indentured workers the same occurred in British Singapore in 1870 in the United States the first restrictions on sale of cannabis came in 1906 in District of Columbia it was outlawed in Jamaica then a British colony in 1913 in South Africa in 1922 and in the United Kingdom in New Zealand in the 1920s Canada criminalized cannabis in the opium and narcotic drug act 1923 before any reports of the use of the drug in Canada but eventually legalized its consumption for recreational and medicinal purposes in 2018 in 1925 a compromise was made at an international conference in the hague about the International opium convention that banned exportation of Indian hemp to countries that had prohibited its use and requiring importing countries to issue certificates approving the importation and stating that the shipment was required exclusively for medical or scientific purposes it also required parties to exercise and effective control of such a nature as to prevent the illicit international traffic in Indian hemp and especially in the resin in the United States in 1937 the marihuana Tax Act was passed and prohibited the production of hemp in addition to cannabis in 1972 the Dutch government divided drugs into more and less dangerous categories with cannabis being in the lesser category accordingly possession of 30 grams or less was made a misdemeanor cannabis has been available for recreational use in coffee shops since 1976 cannabis products are only sold openly in certain local coffee shops and possession of up to 5 grams for personal use as decriminalized however the police may still confiscate it which often happens in car checks near the border other types of sales and transportation are not permitted although the general approach toward cannabis was lenient even before official decriminalization in Uruguay President Jose mujika signed legislation to legalize recreational cannabis in December 2013 making Uruguay the first country in the modern era to legalize cannabis in August 2014 Uruguay legalized growing up to six plants at home as well as the formation of growing clubs and a state controlled marijuana dispensary regime as of October 17 2018 when recreational use of cannabis was legalized in Canada dietary supplements for human use and veterinary health products containing not more than 10 parts per million of THC extract were approved for marketing nabek Somalis as Sativex is used as a prescription drug in Canada the united nations world drug report stated that cannabis was the world’s most widely produced trafficked and consumed drug in the world in 2010 an estimated between 128 million and 238 million users globally in 2015 topic society and culture you topic legal status since the beginning of the 20th century most countries have enacted laws against the cultivation possession or transfer of cannabis these laws have impacted adversely on cannabis cultivation for non recreational purposes but there are many regions where handling of cannabis is legal or licensed many jurisdictions have lessened the penalties for possession of small quantities of cannabis so that it is punished by confiscation and sometimes a fine rather than imprisonment focusing more on those who traffic the drug on the black market in some areas where cannabis use had been historically tolerated new restrictions were instituted such as the closing of cannabis coffee shops near the borders of the Netherlands and closing of coffee shops near secondary schools in the Netherlands in Copenhagen Denmark in 2014 mayor frank jensen discussed possibilities for the city to legalize cannabis production and commerce some jurisdictions use free voluntary treatment programs and/or mandatory treatment programs for frequent known users simple possession can carry long prison terms in some countries particularly in East Asia where the sale of cannabis may lead to a sentence of life in prison or even execution political parties nonprofit organizations and causes based on the legalization of medical cannabis and/or legalizing the plant entirely with some restrictions have emerged in such countries as China and Thailand in December 2012 the US state of Washington became the first state to officially legalize cannabis in a state law Washington initiative 502 but still illegal by federal law with the state of Colorado following close behind Colorado amendment 64 on January 1st 2013 the first marijuana Club for private marijuana smoking no buying or selling however was allowed for the first time in Colorado the California Supreme Court decided in May 2013 that local governments can ban medical marijuana dispensaries despite a state law in California that permits the use of cannabis for medical purposes at least 180 cities across California have enacted bans in recent years in December 2013 Uruguay became the first country to legalize growing sale and use of cannabis after a long delay in implementing the retail component of the law in 2017 16 pharmacies were authorized to sell cannabis commercially On June 19th 2018 the Canadian Senate passed a bill and the Prime Minister announced the effective legalization date as October 17th 2018 Canada is the second nation to legalize the drug in November 2015 Butera Khan became the first state of India to legalize the cultivation of hemp for industrial purposes usage within the Hindu and Buddhist cultures of the Indian subcontinent as common with many street vendors in India openly selling products infused with cannabis and traditional medical practitioners in Sri Lanka selling products infused with cannabis for recreational purposes and well as for religious celebrations it was criminalized in the Indian subcontinent by the Dutch and then the British India and Sri Lanka have allowed cannabis to be taken in the context of traditional culture for recreational celebratory purposes and also for medicinal purposes on October 17th 2015 Australian health minister sussan Lai presented a new law that will allow the cultivation of cannabis for scientific research and medical trials on patients as the drug has increasingly come to be seen as a health issue instead of criminal behavior marijuana has also been legalized or decriminalized in Czech Republic Colombia Ecuador Mexico Portugal South Africa and Canada topic usage in 2013 between 128 and 232 million people used cannabis 2.7 percent to 4.9 percent of the global population between the ages of 15 and 65 cannabis is by far the most widely used illicit substance topic United States between 1973 and 1978 11 states decriminalized marijuana in 2001 Nevada reduced marijuana possession to a misdemeanor and since 2012 several other states have decriminalized and even legalized marijuana in 2015 almost half of the people in the United States had tried marijuana 12% had used it in the past year and 7.3 percent had used it in the past month in 2014 daily marijuana use amongst us college students had reached its highest level since records began in 1980 rising from 3.5% in 2007 to 5.9 percent in 2014 and had surpassed daily cigarette use in the u.s.Men are over twice as likely to use marijuana as women and 18 to 29 year olds are 6 times more likely to use as over 65 year olds in 2015 a record 44 percent of the u.s. population has tried marijuana in their lifetime an increase from 38 percent in 2013 and 33 percent in 1985 marijuana use in the United States as 3 times above the global average but in line with other Western democracies 44 percent of American 12th graders have tried the drug at least once and the typical age of first use is 16 similar to the typical age of first use for alcohol but lower than the first use age for other illicit drugs topic economics you topic production it is often claimed by growers and breeders of herbal cannabis that advances in breeding and cultivation techniques have increased the potency of cannabis since the late 1960s and early 70s when THC was first discovered and understood however potent seedless cannabis such as Thai sticks were already available at that time sinsemilla Spanish for without seed is the dried seedless inflorescences of female cannabis plants because THC production drops off once pollination occurs the male plants which produce little THC themselves are eliminated before they shed pollen to prevent pollination advanced cultivation techniques such as hydroponics cloning high intensity artificial lighting and the sea of green method are frequently employed as a response in part to prohibition enforcement efforts that make outdoor cultivation more risky it is often cited that the average levels of THC and cannabis sold in the United States rose dramatically between the 1970s and 2000 but such statements are likely skewed because undue weight is given to much more expensive and potent but less prevalent samples skunk refers to several named strains of potent cannabis grown through selective breeding and sometimes hydroponics it is a crossbreed of cannabis sativa and C indica although other strains of this mix exist in abundance skunk cannabis potency ranges usually from 6% to 15% and rarely as high as twenty percent the average THC level in coffee shops in the Netherlands is about 18 to 19 percent topic price the price or street value of cannabis varies widely depending on geographic area and potency in the United States cannabis is overall the number four value crop and as number one or two in many states including California New York and Florida averaging $3,000 per pound six thousand six hundred dollars per kilogram some believe it generates an estimated thirty six billion dollars market some have argued that this estimate is methodologically flawed and makes unrealistic assumptions about the level of marijuana consumption other estimates claiming to correct for this flock claim that the market is between two dollars and one cent to four dollars and three cents billion the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime claims in its 2008 World Drug Report that typical US retail prices are $10 – 15 per grams approximately $280 – 420 per ounce Street prices in North America are known to range from about $40 to $400 per ounce one dollar and four cents to $14 per gram depending on quality the European Monitoring Centre for drugs and drug addiction reports that typical retail prices in Europe for cannabis varies from two euros to 20 euros per gram with a majority of European countries reporting prices in the range for euros – 10 Topic gateway drug the Gateway hypothesis states that cannabis use increases the probability of trying harder drugs the hypothesis has been hotly debated as it is regarded by some as the primary rationale for the United States prohibition on cannabis use a Pew Research Center poll found that political opposition to marijuana use was significantly associated with concerns about health effects and whether legalization would increase marijuana use by children some studies state that while there is no proof for the Gateway hypothesis young cannabis users should still be considered as a risk group for intervention programs other findings indicate that hard drug users are likely to be poly drug users and that interventions must address the use of multiple drugs instead of a single hard drug almost two-thirds of the poly drug users in the 2009/10 scottish crime and justice survey used cannabis the gateway effect may appear due to social factors involved in using any illegal drug because of the illegal status of cannabis its consumers are likely to find themselves in situations allowing them to acquaint with individuals using or selling other illegal drugs utilizing this argument some studies have shown that alcohol and tobacco may additionally be regarded as gateway drugs however a more parsimonious explanation could be that cannabis is simply more readily available and at an earlier age than illegal hard drugs in turn alcohol and tobacco are easier to obtain at an earlier point than as cannabis though the reverse may be true in some areas thus leading to the Gateway sequence in those individuals since they are most likely to experiment with any drug offered an alternative to the Gateway hypothesis has the common liability to addiction CLA theory it states that some individuals are for various reasons willing to try multiple recreational substances the gateway drugs are merely those that are usually available at an earlier age than the harder drugs researchers have noted in an extensive review that it is dangerous to present the sequence of events described in Gateway theory in causative terms as this hinders both research and intervention topic research cannabis research is challenging since the plant is illegal in most countries research grade samples of the drug are difficult to obtain for research purposes unless granted under authority of national governments there are also other difficulties in researching the effects of cannabis many people who smoke cannabis also smoke tobacco this causes confounding factors where questions arise as to whether the tobacco the cannabis or both that have caused a cancer another difficulty researchers have as in recruiting people who smoke cannabis in two studies because cannabis is an illegal drug in many countries people may be reluctant to take part in research and if they do agree to take part they may not say how much cannabis they actually smoke a 2015 review found that the use of high CBD to THC strains of cannabis showed significantly fewer positive symptoms such as delusions and hallucinations better cognitive function and both lower risk for developing psychosis as well as a later age of onset of the illness compared to cannabis with low CBD to THC ratios a 2014 Cochrane review found that research was insufficient to determine the safety and efficacy to using cannabis to treat schizophrenia or psychosis as of 2017 the molecular mechanisms for the anti-inflammatory and possible pain relieving effects of cannabis are under preliminary research topic by country you topic Canada as of October 2018 when recreational use of cannabis was legalized in Canada some 220 dietary supplements and 19 veterinary health products containing not more than 10 parts per million of THC extract were approved with general health claims for treating minor conditions topic United States cannabis use started to become popular in the United States in the 1970s support for legalization has increased in the United States and several US states have legalized recreational or medical use topic South Africa private use of cannabis was legalized in September 2018 after a unanimous decision by the Constitutional Court in Johannesburg South Africa as the world’s third largest producer of cannabis and the plant has historically been used by traditional healers in Rastafari topic see also occupational health concerns of cannabis use

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