Is Marijuana a Depressant? Stimulant? Or a Hallucinogen?

Is Marijuana a Depressant? Stimulant? Or a Hallucinogen?

Most people know benzodiazepines like Valium and Xanax and sleep medications like Ambien and Lunesta are depressants, just as they know drugs like caffeine, cocaine, and amphetamines are stimulants. But what about pot? Is marijuana a depressant? Or is it something else, like a stimulant or hallucinogen? The answer is more complicated than you may think. Some strains can produce unmistakable sedative effects (like many couch-lock inducing indicas), while other strains can produce effects that mimic stimulants (Durban Poison is known as “the espresso of cannabis” for a reason). To add to the confusion, cannabis can even produce effects similar to hallucinogenic drugs. So, bottom line, is marijuana a depressant (or something else)? The short answer is that, technically, it’s none of these, but it can act like any of these. Are you confused? You won’t be for long! If we want to be precise, we should clarify that marijuana (aka ganja, herb, weed, pot, dope, Mary Jane, kush, etc.) refers to the part of the cannabis sativa or cannabis sativa forma indica plant that contains the active ingredients responsible for its therapeutic and intoxicating properties. The most prominent active ingredients in most marijuana strains are the cannabinoids THC and CBD. However, there are numerous other cannabinoids (like CBG, CBN, etc.) and terpenes (like myrcene, limone, etc.). What Are the Differences Between Depressants, Stimulants, and Hallucinogens? Before we do a deeper dive, let’s start with identifying the differences between depressants, stimulants, and hallucinogens. Depressants: Depressants are drugs that slow down your central nervous system (CNS) and cause symptoms such as drowsiness and relaxation. Common depressants include alcohol, benzodiazepines (e.g....
Top 10 Weed Strains in Washington: Indica, Sativa, Hybrid, CBD

Top 10 Weed Strains in Washington: Indica, Sativa, Hybrid, CBD

Doesn’t it seem like every year the cannabis just keeps getting better and better? It’s not your imagination. Innovative breeders, cultivators, and geneticists keep coming out with great new strains. Yet, we decided to compile a list of the top 10 weed strains in Washington (plus a two bonus strains). As you can imagine, limiting ourselves to ten strains wasn’t easy! (In fact, we had to add two bonus strains to fit in a couple of High-CBD strains.) Clearly, there are dozens (or, hundreds) of strains deserving to be on this list but didn’t want to go overboard. Given how many epic strains there are out there, we compiled this list by making sure we including a healthy mix of strains, representing indicas, sativas, hybrids, old strains, consistently popular strains, and even CBD strains. Top 10 Weed Strains in Washington: INDICAS Grand Daddy Purple Type: Indica Dominant Genetics: Purple Urkle X Big Bud Flavor: Grape, Berry, Sweet Effects: Relaxed, Sleepy, Happy, Euphoric, Munchies Introduced in 2003 by Ken Estes, Granddaddy Purple (or GDP) is a famous indica cross between Purple Urkle and Big Bud. This California staple inherits a complex grape and berry aroma from its Purple Urkle parent, while Big Bud passes on its oversized, compact bud structure. GDP flowers bloom in shades of deep purple, a contrastive backdrop for its snow-like dusting of white crystal resin. Motor Breath #15 Type: Indica Dominant Genetics: Chem D X SFV OG Flavor: Pure fuel and gas with Chem D flavors at the forefront Effects: Powerful Head and Body High Considered one of the best strains to debut in 2018, this...
What Is CBD Oil? 7 Common Myths, Fact vs. Fiction

What Is CBD Oil? 7 Common Myths, Fact vs. Fiction

There’s been a huge amount of positive coverage of CBD oil in the media. The oil’s primary ingredient, cannabidiol (CBD) has been touted as a “wonder drug,” “miracle drug,” even a “panacea.” Such subjective claims may be too hyperbolic for scientific literature, but there’s no disputing the therapeutic versatility of CBD (and CBD oil); it is an incredible drug. But, what is CBD oil? And, what are some of the common myths about CBD? What Is CBD Oil? CBD is one of more than 100 cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. It’s also the second most prominent cannabinoid after THC. Like THC, CBD has many therapeutic benefits (see below). Many scientists also believe CBD is complementary to THC, in that the two work better together. However, unlike THC, CBD doesn’t get you high. CBD oil simply refers to any CBD oil derived from cannabis or hemp. Research on CBD (including CBD oil) thus far has been overwhelmingly positive. A recent article published by Healthline summarizes the key findings of the existing research. Research suggests CBD oil may: Reduce anxiety and depression Relieve pain Reduce side effects caused by cancer treatments (such as nausea and vomiting) Reduce symptoms caused by cancer (such as pain) Prevent or delay the onset of neurological conditions or help patients with neurological disorders (such as epilepsy and multiple sclerosis) Help the heart and circulatory system Prevent diabetes Have anti-tumor effects Help prevent or treat addiction Have antipsychotic effects to prevent (or help people with) schizophrenia and other mental disorders Again, keep in mind that actual clinical research is scant and still in its early stages,...
Best Weed for Sex: Topicals, Edibles & Flower

Best Weed for Sex: Topicals, Edibles & Flower

So, what’s the best weed for sex? By now, with all the media attention most people — well, at least most cannabis users — know that prior to prohibition, cannabis was used for millennia to treat a wide variety of ailments, from cramps and PMS to depression and pain. However, most people don’t know that as long as cannabis has been used medicinally, it’s also been used to boost sex-drive, intensify touch and sexual sensations, and heighten pleasure and arousal. Yes, not only can cannabis boost appetite for food, it can also boost one’s appetite for erotic pleasures. Thanks to a bevy of sexually-minded cannabis products introduced to the market over the last few years, there’s no reason for any couple not to have a mind-blowing, fantastic and fulfilling sex life. What Are The Benefits of Using Cannabis for Sex? Nearly everyone knows that cannabis has a long list of health benefits and treats numerous health conditions, but most people don’t realize cannabis is nature’s aphrodisiac. And, in fact, it can yield numerous benefits to improve your sex life and intimacy with your partner.   Here are six ways weed can benefit your sex life:   1. Cannabis Users Have More Sex!   Dr. Michael Eisenberg, assistant professor of urology at Stanford University School of Medicine, and Dr. Andrew Sun, a resident in urology, published a study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, where they found cannabis consumers (both men and women) have on average 20 percent more sex than those who don’t partake in weed. So much for the theory that weed lowers sex drive! “Frequent marijuana use...
How Long Does Weed Stay in Your System?

How Long Does Weed Stay in Your System?

How long does weed stay in your system? This is one of the most common questions cannabis users have. Well, it’s not such a simple answer. First, which system are we referring to? Second, every person has a unique physiology, so how long weed stays in your system will likely be different than your friends. Overview: How Long Does Weed Stay In Your System?   Most people who want to know how long weed stays in their system because they may be facing a drug screening. Some people are simply genuinely interested in knowing the answer to this for that reason alone. When you smoke weed, your body metabolizes THC very quickly. If you’re eating an edible, the process your body goes through is similar, although it takes much longer to feel the effects of the THC. With either method, it’s pretty close to impossible to stay high for several days. Your body is pretty effective at processing psychotropic THC quickly. Nonetheless, cannabis leaves byproducts in your body called “metabolites,” which can stay in your body for a good amount of time dependent on a variety of factors. “Metabolites” stay in your body much longer because they’re stored in fatty tissue, despite the fact the THC is no longer active. How Long Does Weed Stay In Your Blood? THC stays in your blood for usually 1-2 days for infrequent users, and up to a week for heavier users. How Long Does Weed Stay In Your Saliva?   How long weed can be detected in your saliva depends on a number of factors, however, you can accelerate the process by...
Marijuana for Sleep: How to Choose The Right Strain

Marijuana for Sleep: How to Choose The Right Strain

It’s true. Pharmaceuticals aren’t necessary. You can use marijuana for sleep and beat your insomnia to get better sleep. But how? And now that we have approximately 437,872 choices of cannabis of available, which strains work best? We’ll give you 3 rules for choosing a strain to help you beat your insomnia, along with our top 4 strains for getting quality Zzzzzzzz’s. Is This You? You get home. Late, as usual. Overworked and stressed out. And then, just when you finally make it to bed… You lay there. Waiting. Staring. Thoughts buzz around in our minds like confused flies. Never going anywhere. Just buzzing. Minutes pass like hours. You have to get up soon. You have to face all those people. Write all those emails. Have that god-awful meeting. All you need is some sleeeeeeeeeeep! But you don’t want to take pharmaceuticals… they make you feel weird. But those “sleepy teas” just don’t seem to work. There has to be another option… fortunately, Have a Heart has your back. Marijuana for Sleep: The Green Solution to Insomnia According to research, about 33% of the American population suffers from insomnia in some degree. More people have issues with their sleep than have brown hair! It’s reaching epidemic proportions. Pharmaceutical solutions, however, have some serious side effects – including addiction. Not so nice. Fortunately, the right cannabis strain can work wonders to slow down your mind, calm your nervous system, and ease you into deep, restorative sleep. Rule#1: Indicas are Sleepier Strains Broadly speaking, sativa strains are more on the energetic, uplifting, and stimulating side. Indicas are generally more relaxing, sedative, and...