Marijuana: helpful informations!

All useful information on marijuana

Everything you need to know

Cannabis is a plant characterised by the diversity of its uses.

In the Italian tradition, it has long accounted for a considerable proportion of the cultivation and exportation in our country, until the advent of prohibition around the 1930s, which led to the introduction of significant legal restrictions.

In addition to its industrial applications, it has recently attracted attention due to the countless benefits that seem to be attributed to its active ingredients, CBD and THC, in various situations.

Derivatives of this plant, such as oils and seeds, can also be successfully used in the food industry.

However, when it comes to cannabis, the immediate association we experience is its use for recreational purposes.

In this regard, to avoid any unpleasantness, it is essential to have a clear idea of what is considered legal or not in our country.

Everything you need to know about marijuana

What does the law say about this?

As far as the legal perspective is concerned, it is necessary to consider the issue from different points of view.

In Italy – JustBob‘s HQ: with the 1993 referendum strongly supported by Marco Pannella, the possession of cannabis for personal use was decriminalised, to the point of not constituting a criminal offence.

Nevertheless, to think that you can possess marijuana and be completely exempt from any legal measure is a big mistake that should not be made.

The law sets very precise limits on the amount that can be justified for personal use.

This limit is 500 mg of THC, the active ingredient responsible for the so-called drugging effect of marijuana. If this limit is exceeded, possession will be considered for distribution, which, as we know, is illegal.

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Is cannabis harmful to the body?

According to several doctors and scientists, cannabis is a substance that is highly tolerated by the body, and there are no deaths directly related to its use.

According to a study published in Scientific Reports, cannabis is much less harmful than tobacco or alcohol, commonly sold and consumed safely by most people.

In this regard, during the 1980s, the Drug Enforcement Administration tried to determine the so-called lethal dose 50, which is the amount of a given substance that, when administered in a single dose, will cause the recipient’s death.

The results of these experiments estimate that an individual would have to consume the equivalent of just under 700 kg of cannabis in one sitting to die. By comparison, common aspirin is around 1000 times more lethal than marijuana.

Although it has been established that no one has ever died from cannabis use, there are still harmful effects of long-term use.

In particular, the use of marijuana during adolescence is strongly discouraged, as the brain, which is not yet fully formed, appears to be more prone to the development of psychosis.

Cannabis use is strongly discouraged in adolescence

Let’s take a brief look at the significant long-term harms of marijuana use.

First and foremost is damage to the lungs. In this case, chronic bronchitis, wheezing and breathing difficulties do not appear to be directly linked to cannabis use but rather to the way it is taken. It also seems well established that complications from this lousy habit carry considerably lower risks than those associated with regular tobacco use.

In terms of the possible effects on the brain, a distinction must be made between adults and adolescents. As stated above, consumption among adolescents appears to lead to the development of psychosis and negatively affect their learning abilities and short-term memory, given the delicate growth phase they would be in at the time of consumption. For adults, however, no data were recorded to support this view.

Another possible adverse effect of marijuana use is the development of anxiety, ranging from mild negativity or worry to rare situations where it becomes unmanageable and leads to paranoid delusions.

The issue of a link between cannabis use and the development of anxiety disorders is not so obvious.

Many users report a reduction in anxiety through regular consumption of marijuana. Often, immediately after consumption, there is a widespread state of euphoria, good humour and also a significant decrease in the perception of anxiety in general.

In short, the reactions triggered by the introduction into the body of the active ingredients contained in cannabis are not always predictable and, above all, seem to be subjective. It would appear that anxiety-enhancing effects are recorded by occasional or novice users, whereas for regular users, the effects seem to help control anxiety.

How long can THC be traced?

That’s right. You can find out if you have used cannabis through simple, non-invasive tests.

The residence time of the active ingredient varies depending on the method chosen to test for its presence.

In the case of urine tests, we find that the retention time varies from a few days (in the case of occasional use) to a maximum of one month (in the case of more frequent use).

The test by which traces of THC are detectable for the most extended period is undoubtedly the hair test, which reveals the use of the substance up to a year later.

In saliva, on the other hand, THC remains detectable for less than a day, disappearing within a maximum of 14 hours.

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To conclude

Cannabis can be used in a wide variety of sectors, first and foremost the industrial sector, then the food sector, not forgetting its use for recreational purposes.

Since it is a plant that, according to law, is classified as a narcotic substance, it is a good idea to find out about it before engaging in any activity involving it.

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