A joint is a cigarette made from rolling paper and cannabis. First, the cannabis is ground up with a grinder or by hand and then sealed inside of the rolling paper. Sometimes joints include a filter, also known as the crutch or roach, to reduce the throat and lung irritations that smoking can cause. In addition, the filter prevents the resin from the burning cannabis from getting in the smoker’s mouth. Lighting the joint burns the cannabis and releases cannabinoids so they can be inhaled through the mouth. Sometimes a joint can contain both cannabis and tobacco; this is known as a spliff.
“Can you roll us a joint?”
Cannabis science is one of the fastest moving frontiers medicinal sciences in the world. The pharmacology behind it has been accelerated by the realization that we’re all already marinated in cannabis-like molecules (endocannabinoids) and their receptors.
Endocannabinoids help regulate many physiological processes such as your mood, memory, appetite, pain, immune function, metabolism, and bone growth to name a few. Consuming cannabis also modulates this endocannabinoid system in many ways. The effects can be benevolent, although sometimes problematic.
Understanding the science behind cannabis is a key factor in being able to fully enjoy its medicinal value.
People have been using cannabis as medicine for thousands of years. The plant has also been widely used clothing, fuel, food, fiber, and medicine.
Cannabis contains more than 120 different cannabinoid molecules. But, as far as we know, only one gets you high: THC. The plant itself contains a huge amount of cerebral, non-intoxicating THC cousins with emerging medicinal potential. Their abbreviated names are often: CBD, CBG, THC-V, CBC, and CBN to mention a few.
Data Last Updated 05/22/2023
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