Medical Marijuana Essay

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Medical Marijuana
A look into the evolving world of medication.

By: Daniel Countryman

Medical marijuana is a common topic these days, and while it’s a controversial subject it is something to be looked at as an alternative medication. I want to cover what exactly marijuana is, how it’s produced, where it comes from, the natural compounds, how to use it, and what benefits versus the risks medical marijuana has on its patients.

Marijuana is a plant – in fact it’s a weed. Marijuana is actually a slang term, and the proper name for the plant is cannabis. Cannabis is a genus of plants with flowers, and also has a few different species; cannabis sativa, cannabis indica, and cannabis ...view middle of the document...

CBD is also known to counter act the psychoactive effects of THC, making the THC less potent when large amounts of CBD are added. It also helps with preventing short-term memory loss that THC is known to cause.

One of the biggest arguments of medical marijuana consumption is our bodies actually have cannabinoid receptors placed throughout it. They are involved with physiological processes including pain, memory, mood, and appetite. There are two different types of receptors knows as the CB1, and CB2 receptor. CB1 receptors are located in the brain, but also in the lungs, liver, and kidneys. CB2 receptors are expressed in the immune system, and in hematopoietic cells. The receptors are activated by cannabinoids naturally produced by our bodies, and from outside form of cannabinoids through cannabis, or synthetic made drugs.

Medical marijuana is cannabis grown to its full potential with the upmost quality the plant can have. Cultivators use different growing methods to ensure year round production without much loss in yield. Outdoor growing is used during most of the year, but since marijuana is grown seasonally operations are moved indoors, or lights are added outside to ensure the plant gets adequate lighting during low light times of the day. Different growers have different techniques, and some believe theirs produces the best yield, potency, and quality.

While it’s not just about growing marijuana indoors, or outdoors it’s about how you grow it. Growers use soil based, hydroponic, and areoponics to produce medical marijuana. Soil grows are done either in the ground with added soil, or in pots. Hydroponic is a soilless form which uses water as a medium for the plant. Areoponics lets the roots hang freely with timed sessions of mist on the roots to ensure maximum uptake of water, and nutrients. While all three techniques produce high quality marijuana, it just depends on what the grower likes to do, and how much they can produce per technique.

After marijuana has gone through its cycle, and the grower has determined the plant has reached its full potency it’s time for them to harvest. Once harvested the plant is cut as a whole, or branches are cut off individually, and left to hang to dry out. Once the plant is dried out trimmers come in and cut off remaining leaf matter that has not fallen off during the drying process. Once the product is trimmed after drying it will now be cured. Curing marijuana is really important to ensure a nice smooth smoke, and higher potency. When curing you are pulling the moisture from inside the flower to the outer edges ensuring there is no more moisture within the flower. After the process of growing, harvesting, drying, and curing the product is delivered to the dispensary who then inspects the product for any deficiencies.

Marijuana consists of many genetics which make up of different strains. Strains are different genetics of marijuana witch some are pure breed sativa, and indica...

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