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Is Marijuana a CNS Depressant?

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Marijuana is a drug that people often use recreationally and also call it to weed. However, some even use it for medicinal purposes to cope with symptoms of chronic conditions. It can have depressant effects, but it is not a depressant. Also, it can act as a hallucinogen or stimulant. 

It contains delta-9- Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a psychoactive chemical that alters the mental state of the person who uses marijuana. Consuming, vaping, or smoking weed or marijuana can affect each person differently. It can have a strong depressant effect for many and may not on others. Different strains and types of plants can have a different effect on the mind and body. 

When a person uses marijuana, his stomach and lungs absorb THC in the bloodstream. This absorbed THC moves to the brain and other parts of the body. When it reaches the brain, it acts on brain cell receptors causing stimulant, hallucinogenic, and depressant effects. 

Marijuana or hemp is similar to alcohol as it contains both depressant and stimulant properties, as suggested by the National Institutes of Health in a publication. The side effects of marijuana begin quickly and also last longer than alcohol.

Many of the cannabinoids present in marijuana can cause side effects, just like depressants. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has categorized marijuana as a psychoactive drug, with hallucinogen effects. Hence, marijuana is used widely across the globe as a powerful hallucinogen, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. 

What are Psychoactive Drugs?

A psychoactive drug is a substance that has the potential to change the brain functions of a person. This type of mind-altering or recreational drug can lead to shifts in mood, perception, level of awareness, consciousness, and cognitive behavior or functioning. 

Regular marijuana consumption, especially higher doses, can cause unpleasant thoughts, disorientation, feelings of paranoia, or anxiety. It can affect emotions, attention, learning ability, coordination, decision-making, memory, and reaction time of a person.

Excessive usage can also interfere with work, daily functioning, relationship, and other regular activities. As these psychoactive substances are rewarding and have potential drug abuse, they can reinforce drug-seeking behaviors in the consumers, which can lead to addiction and dependence on these products. 

What are CNS Depressants?

CNS Depressants are substances that can slow or depress the central nervous system of a person. The Central Nervous system consists of the spinal cord and brain. The system is a complex network of nerves and neurons, which send messages or signals to all the parts of the body. 

CNS Depressants slow down the rate of regular activities occurring in the spinal cord and brain by slowing or depressing the rate at which the nerves of the body sends the signal. Depressants increase the amount of neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the body, which hampers the transmission of signals in the nervous system. 

Sleep medications, benzodiazepines, and barbiturates are three common types of CNS depressant drugs. Prescription drugs like Valium and Xanax are used for the treatment of medical conditions like insomnia, anxiety, and seizures. Generally, these medications are safe and effective only when used as per prescription and for appropriate medical conditions.

Even though marijuana can cause effects similar to CNS depressants, it cannot be considered as a CNS depressant. The main reason for the sedative effect of marijuana is its ability to increase the level of dopamine in the body. However, marijuana doesn’t affect the level of neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid in the body.

A study conducted in the year 2016 has clearly indicated that the initial use of marijuana can increase the levels of dopamine in the body. However, long-term use of the drug can affect the level of neurotransmitter release. When the level of dopamine in the body goes down to normal, the user may experience low energy and lethargy. On the other hand, consistent use of the drug can cause the effects of CNS depressants. 

Risks associated with CNS Depressants

Risks of CNS depressants include addiction and dependence. When depressant is misused or taken for long-term, the risks associated are even higher. Consuming CNS depressants to achieve a high can cause dangerous and severe side effects. 

When consumers combine these drugs with other substances, it can lead to CNS depression or sleepiness. Overdose can result in a significant slowdown of breathing and heart rate of a person, which in turn can lead to deadly consequences that need emergency medical attention.

Depression and Marijuana

Specific evidence for the role of marijuana in causing depression is lacking. There is only limited research on the drug due to its classification into the Schedule I category. However, some studies have shown that marijuana’s high dose can aggravate depression. People who are suffering from depression may use weed or marijuana to numb or lighten the negative feelings. Similarly, people who use marijuana may feel depressed due to the CNS depressant effects of marijuana. 

The CNS depressant effect of marijuana includes:

  • The lesser feeling of anxiousness
  • Relaxation
  • Aiding sleep
  • Reducing insomnia

However, with long term use and overdose of marijuana, a person can experience side effects like:

  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Slurred speech
  • Memory problems
  • Slow breathing
  • Poor concentration levels
  • Loss of interest
  • Dependency and addiction to marijuana 

It needs to be noted that the classification of a drug as a CNS depressant is different from the potential effect of the drug on depression. A drug that can depress the central nervous system of your body doesn’t cause depression symptoms like insomnia, loss of interest, or sadness unless the drug is used chronically for an extended duration.

Marijuana to treat Depression

Recent studies have shown that controlled use of marijuana or medicinal products derived from marijuana can help relieve symptoms of depression. The studies have shown the correlation between marijuana and depression depends directly on the amount and duration of use. 

In 2014, the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs had published clinical research that showed the use of marijuana is associated with reduced symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. The research showed that, on average, 75 percent of symptoms of PTSD were reduced with effective use of marijuana. However, scientists feel that there is a need for more research to account for variables.

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High Expectations: A Journey Through the Cannabis Expo in Johannesburg

Exploring the Cannabis Landscape in Johannesburg South Africa

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Embarking on a journey through the vibrant cannabis landscape at the Cannabis Expo in Johannesburg was nothing short of extraordinary. From groundbreaking innovations to the palpable enthusiasm in the air, the event left an indelible mark on every attendee.

The expo showcased a myriad of cutting-edge cannabis products, each a testament to the industry’s relentless pursuit of excellence. From revolutionary cultivation techniques to colorful consumption devices and mouth watering edibles on sale.

Navigating through the bustling crowd, I had the privilege of engaging with industry pioneers. Their insights into the cannabis market’s evolution were not only enlightening but also provided a glimpse into the boundless possibilities that lie ahead.

Amidst the booths and displays, I witnessed the beating heart of Johannesburg’s cannabis community. Passionate advocates, entrepreneurs, and enthusiasts gathered to share their experiences, fostering a sense of unity and camaraderie.The expo was a melting pot of cultures and perspectives, a true reflection of the diverse tapestry that makes up South Africa’s cannabis community. From traditional rituals to modern practices, the event celebrated the rich heritage woven into the fabric of cannabis culture.

Embarking on a journey through the vibrant cannabis landscape at the Cannabis Expo in Johannesburg was nothing short of extraordinary. From groundbreaking innovations to the palpable enthusiasm in the air, the event left an indelible mark on every attendee.

The expo showcased a myriad of cutting-edge cannabis products, each a testament to the industry’s relentless pursuit of excellence. From revolutionary cultivation techniques to colorful consumption devices and mouth watering edibles on sale.

Navigating through the bustling crowd, I had the privilege of engaging with industry pioneers. Their insights into the cannabis market’s evolution were not only enlightening but also provided a glimpse into the boundless possibilities that lie ahead.

Amidst the booths and displays, I witnessed the beating heart of Johannesburg’s cannabis community. Passionate advocates, entrepreneurs, and enthusiasts gathered to share their experiences, fostering a sense of unity and camaraderie.The expo was a melting pot of cultures and perspectives, a true reflection of the diverse tapestry that makes up South Africa’s cannabis community. From traditional rituals to modern practices, the event celebrated the rich heritage woven into the fabric of cannabis culture.

As the day unfolded, it became evident that the cannabis community in Johannesburg is not just an industry; it’s a movement. The call to action, echoed through the vibrant atmosphere, resonated with a shared goal — to uplift and support one another. I extend an invitation to join hands in supporting the cannabis movement. Your contribution can pave the way for more events, more innovations, and a future where cannabis is embraced and understood.

In conclusion, attending the Cannabis Expo in Johannesburg was an immersive experience, an odyssey through the present and future of a rapidly evolving industry. From groundbreaking innovations to the heartbeat of a united community, every moment underscored the significance of cannabis in South Africa’s cultural narrative. As we move forward, let’s continue to support and celebrate the boundless potential that lies within the cannabis community.

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Unlocking the Potential: 6 Cannabis Products Redefining the Industry

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The cannabis industry has undergone a remarkable evolution, continually pushing the boundaries of innovation to meet diverse consumer preferences and needs. In recent times, six standout cannabis products have captured the hearts of enthusiasts and carved out their place in the limelight. While the smoke vape is a game-changer, the other five equally captivating products deserve exploration. Join us as we delve into these six cannabis products steadily gaining popularity and transforming the industry.

CBD Oil: Nature’s Therapeutic Treasure

In the dynamic world of cannabis, CBD oil takes center stage as a revered and widely discussed product. Renowned for its myriad benefits, CBD oil has garnered a global following. Unlike other cannabis products, CBD oil is THC-free, offering the advantages of cannabis without intoxication. Among its merits are anxiety reduction, pain relief, and improved sleep quality. With the potential to enhance overall well-being, CBD oil’s demand is on a continuous ascent.

Edibles: A Delicious Revolution

Edibles are rapidly gaining traction among those seeking the therapeutic benefits of marijuana without the need to smoke. The array of edibles is vast, ranging from delectable options like brownies and gummies to tea and popcorn. Their discreet nature allows individuals to consume them inconspicuously, and their effects tend to last longer compared to traditional smoking methods. As the demand for cannabis products rises, edibles have firmly established themselves in the industry.

Tinctures: A Versatile Elixir

Tinctures have emerged as a preferred choice among cannabis enthusiasts and advocates. Created by extracting active cannabis compounds using alcohol or glycerin, tinctures provide a discreet way to achieve rapid absorption by placing them under the tongue. Precise dosing and ease of use set tinctures apart from other cannabis products. Whether you seek natural pain relief, anxiety reduction, or a relaxing interlude, tinctures are a top choice for many cannabis users.

Vapes: A Breath of Fresh Air

Vape pens have taken center stage in the cannabis industry, celebrated for their portability, discretion, and a wide range of flavours. Vape pen technology has advanced significantly, allowing for precise temperature control and personalized dosage settings. For those preferring a smoke-free alternative to traditional cannabis consumption, vaping has become the preferred choice. Whether on the go or at home, vapes make cannabis consumption more accessible and enjoyable than ever before.

Topicals: Nourishing Through the Skin

Topicals, a recent addition to the world of cannabis products, have quickly gained favour among consumers. These products are applied to the skin, offering targeted relief for various issues, including pain, inflammation, and skincare concerns. Unlike other cannabis products, topicals do not induce a psychoactive effect, making them ideal for those seeking the benefits of cannabis without feeling altered. Ongoing research into their potential uses is expected to increase the popularity of topicals in the cannabis industry.

Concentrates: The Potent Powerhouses

Concentrates have taken the cannabis industry by storm, celebrated as one of the most ground-breaking products in recent years. Available in forms such as wax, shatter, and oil, concentrates have won over seasoned cannabis enthusiasts. Although their strength may give some pause, experienced users continuously seek new and exciting ways to explore the cannabis experience. Concentrates are clearly making a lasting impact on the industry, with no signs of slowing down.

As the cannabis industry continues to evolve, fuelled by the popularity of innovative products, it’s no surprise that new offerings continually emerge. From topicals to edibles, the industry has transcended traditional flowers and hash. The combined impact of legalization and growing public acceptance has paved the way for creative creations in both recreational and medical cannabis sectors. As we witness this ever-evolving industry, it’s an exciting journey to anticipate the emergence of new cannabis products that will leave an indelible mark on consumers and the industry as a whole.

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Embracing Freedom: Burna Boy’s $5 Million Dubai Offer Rejection

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Burna Boy, the celebrated Afro-fusion Grammy awarded artist from Nigeria, made headlines when he courageously declined a staggering $5 million performance offer in Dubai. What fueled this remarkable decision? His unwavering passion for personal freedom and an unapologetic commitment to his values.

In a  viral video Burna Boy can be seen jamming with his band , during this impromptu performance he shocked his fans by revealing that he had rejected a multimillion-dollar offer to perform in Dubai due to a seemingly unconventional reason – his desire to smoke weed.

Burna Boy has always been vocal about his affection for marijuana, which he views as a tool for self-expression and creative inspiration. However, there was a significant catch to the Dubai offer – the stringent anti-drug laws that would prohibit him from indulging in his passion while on stage.

Burna Boy’s refusal of the offer was an unequivocal stance in defense of his artistic freedom. This decision demonstrated his unwavering dedication to his values, even as he ventured into the cannabis industry, introducing his own brand, BRKFAST, in the United States just last year.

Burna Boy’s choice evoked a mix of responses. Some lauded him for remaining true to his principles, viewing it as a testament to his authenticity as an artist. In contrast, others questioned his decision, highlighting the substantial financial security he sacrificed. Nevertheless, Burna Boy’s resolute decision underscored his commitment to his craft and personal values.

Though he might have forfeited a substantial $5 million, Burna Boy’s integrity remained. His unwavering commitment to his principles continues to inspire those who place artistic freedom above material gain. His journey serves as a poignant reminder that personal principles can often hold more value than monetary wealth, underscoring the potency of individuality and the courage to uphold one’s convictions, irrespective of the cost.

In the end, it was about more than just declining a lucrative booking for Burna Boy. It was about staying authentic to himself, a choice that he deemed priceless.

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