5 Key Things to Know About Cannabis
Did you know that 12% of US adults are active cannabis users? That’s more than 23,627,903 people! As more states begin to legalize cannabis- whether recreationally, medicinally, or both- the green industry continues to keep growing.
1. How is Cannabis Made?
To start growing a cannabis plant, a grower usually clips off a bit of a mature cannabis plant and propagates the clipping in water until roots have grown. Then, it’s transferred into a small pot, and as it grows, is transferred into bigger and bigger pots until the plant is ready to flower. Once the plant grows flower buds, the buds are then harvested and hung up to dry. After they are completely dried, the flower is then trimmed and cleaned up into cannabis that is ready to either be sold or used.
2. Different Ways to Use Cannabis
There are many different ways to use cannabis products, and not all methods of use have the same effects on the body. To use cannabis, you could:
- Smoke or vape it
- Eat it in the form of edibles
- Drink it in a tea
- Apply it as a topical ointment
- Take it in capsules or supplements
3. Effects of Cannabis
Cannabis can affect a person mentally, emotionally, and/or physically. Each person can have a different experience and feel different effects from the same cannabis.
Cannabis can cause a person to either feel relaxed or anxious and paranoid. This depends on how much THC was ingested and how the person’s body reacts to cannabis. Cannabis can also affect a person’s perception of time, making time feel like it has slowed down. Ingesting or using cannabis topically can help to minimize or eliminate pain by suppressing the pain receptors in our brains.
Harvest House of Cannabis points out that common emotional effects of cannabis include feeling relaxed, happy, or euphoric. Depending on the strain and how your body reacts to cannabis, you may either become more sociable and talkative or more quiet and subdued.
A common physical side effect of cannabis is feeling hungry. Your senses such as taste and touch may be heightened. Depending on how much THC you ingest, your eyes may look red or bloodshot, and you may feel sleepy. One huge cannabis benefit is its pain-relieving properties mentioned in the mental effects. Too much THC in your system can cause physical effects such as increased heart rate and body tremors/ uncontrollable shaking.
4. Where is it Legal?
Cannabis is fully legal (recreational and medicinal) in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico (June 2021), New York, Oregon, South Dakota (July 2021), Vermont, Virginia, and Washington.
Cannabis is legal for medicinal purposes only in the states of Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Utah, and West Virginia.
Cannabis is completely illegal in Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
5. Careers in the Green Industry
The US cannabis industry hit a record high value of $17.5 billion in 2020, with the market value projected to grow to $30 billion annually by 2025. The future is green! If you want to get in on this growing business opportunity and find a job in the cannabis industry, then you’re going to need some specific skills:
- Knowledgeable of the plant & different strains
- Well-versed in cannabis terms, trends, and practices
- Up-to-date on state laws regarding cannabis
- Experience in customer service, management, operations, etc.
More Info on Cannabis Trends
With the green industry growing at such a rapid rate, more and more people are becoming curious and interested in cannabis use.
We hope you found this article useful. If so, make sure to read more from our Medical and Recreational categories, where you’ll be able to stay up-to-date on all things cannabis-related.