What is weed? What are some benefits of Marijuana?

Globally, marijuana (cannabis) is the most commonly used illicit drug. Marijuana is a mood-altering (psychoactive) drug that affects almost every organ in the body.

According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), millions of adults in the U.S. and several other countries used marijuana at least once in their life’s, and many illicit drug users had used marijuana as well.

There is some evidence that Marijuana is useful for relieving severe pain, nausea, and other chronic conditions. However, there are also numerous health concerns.

Some call it marijuana, others call it cannabis, pot, weed, ganja, kaya, herb, grass, dope. These are all popular terms, just as smoking joints, blunts, bongs or vaporizers, also popular terms.

Celebrities are no exceptions to using these terms, when openly discussing their marijuana habits.

However, in recent years an increasing number of pot activists and several organizations such as The National Organization for the Reform Law of Marijuana (NORML), Weed the people, Cannabis Culture Magazine are fighting for the legalization of marijuana for medical or adult recreational purpose.

What is weed?

Marijuana as some people call it is derived from the dried flowering tops, leaves, stems, and seeds of the Cannabis sativa hemp plant.

The plant contains the mind altering chemical (THC) delta 9 tetrahydro-cannabinol which is a key psychoactive substance and other related compounds. Cannabis has been used for hundreds of years by humans, for fiber hemp, seed oils, seed, medical treatment such as to treat chronic pain, and recreationally.


People use cannabis by smoking, eating, drinking, and inhaling it to achieve the feeling of elation (a high), giddiness, and relaxation. Smoking its extracts (a practice called dabbing) is on the rise.

As any other drug marijuana has also its benefits when used for Medical Purposes (Medical Marijuana), which can be used to treat chronic pain and other syndromes. According to…Some studies do show specific benefits of certain types of marijuana. THC acts on specific brain cell receptors called cannabinoids, it has mild to moderate painkilling (analgesic) effects, which are usually used for the treatment of pain and to alter neurotransmitter release in the spinal cord, resulting in pain relief.

The compound is also known to stimulate appetite, reducing nausea and induce a relaxed state, muscle spasticity, anorexia, sleep disorders, as well as other effects on sense of smell, hearing, and eyesight. For some people, THC may reduce aggression.

Many researchers are investigating the medicinal potential of a cannabinoid found in marijuana that does not have psychoactive effects. This drug may be helpful in relieving pain inflammation, controlling epileptic seizures, muscle control problems, possibly for the treatment of mental illness and addictions, but medications have not yet been approved for these conditions. Other researchers are looking at the potential for marijuana extracts to target and kill cancer cells, in particular as an adjunct treatment with radiation therapy.