Published on: 23/09/2022
Here is what happens when you take light cannabis
For some years now, legal hemp has been a major topic of discussion, but many people still do not know the differences between it and illegal cannabis. Besides the chemical characteristics, the effects on people also change.
In the following lines, you will find out what legal cannabis is, what its properties are and what happens in the body when it is taken.
Light cannabis: what it is and how it differs from illegal cannabis
In Italy – SensorySeeds’ HQ – the distinction between legal and illegal weed has existed since 2 December 2016, when Law 242 was passed regulating the characteristics, production, and marketing of the former. Following the passing of this law, there has been a real boom in the sector: many people have dived into this business, which involves both growers and traders.
But what factors influence the legality or illegality of cannabis? As you will find out later on, the aforementioned law is flawed in some respects, but it is obvious about the classification of legal marijuana: to be placed on the market, cannabis must have a certain chemical composition. To be precise, the inflorescence produced by the plants must not contain more than 0.2% THC (tetrahydrocannabinol).
The reason for this is simple: THC is the substance responsible for the psychotropic effects of marijuana and, if taken, a higher percentage than permitted can alter a person’s psychophysical state. In short, plants that produce inflorescence rich in THC are outlawed, while those whose derivatives comply with the 0.2% limit are completely legal. But what determines the THC percentage of a hemp plant?
Genetics naturally plays a crucial role, and one factor that makes all the difference is the balance between the two predominant active ingredients in the plant’s composition: THC and CBD (cannabidiol). CBD is by far the dominant substance in cannabis plants and can neutralize the narcotic effects of THC when the latter has minimal percentages such as those required by law.
Cannabidiol, therefore, has the merit of nullifying the psychoactive effects of THC. But that’s not all: this substance has numerous beneficial properties. Let’s find out what they are and what effects legal cannabis has.
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What are the effects of light cannabis on the body
Various studies have shown that cannabidiol not only has no psychoactive effects but also brings various benefits to the body, so much so that it can be used for the prevention and treatment of certain disease states. Among the best-known properties of CBD are analgesic, anxiolytic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anticonvulsant.
Although the interaction between light cannabis and the endocannabinoid system present in the human body may vary from person to person, the effects resulting from its intake have mainly to do with physical and mental relaxation. CBD is conducive to sleep and can be a valuable ally for those suffering from insomnia. In addition, its presence in the body helps to calm the symptoms of stress and anxiety and decrease muscle tension, which is why it is used in the medical field to treat disorders such as epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis.
Scientific research has also demonstrated CBD’s effectiveness as a painkiller, and often its intake is suggested to cancer patients. Beyond the most extreme cases, however, CBD can also have positive effects on people who are in good health but have problems with their digestive system. CBD reduces nausea, vomiting, and stomach acidity and facilitates digestion.
What you can do with legal weed
As mentioned at the beginning of the article, the law on legal cannabis is unclear in some aspects, particularly on the possibility of consuming it by the most classic of methods, i.e. burning. Although it is legal to produce it, sell it, buy it and possess it (although outside the home it is essential to keep it in its original package and have the seller’s certification with you), the law is not clear on this type of consumption. There are no passages in the text that prohibit it, but neither do they allow it.
In any case, other methods of consumption, such as vaping and infusion, do not guarantee to get away with it in the event of controls either. As things stand, the recreational use of light cannabis faces an embarrassing legislative vacuum, which hopefully will be filled as soon as possible.
The situation is different for cannabis seeds, which can not only be marketed but also consumed. The seeds contain no traces of THC and in addition to being sold for collecting purposes are also used for the preparation of food, drinks and cosmetic products.
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At SensorySeeds you can buy feminized seeds, fast flowering seeds and auto-flowering seeds of different qualities and enrich your marijuana seed collection. Keep in mind, however, that their germination could result in plants that produce inflorescences with a high THC content; growing them is therefore prohibited by law.
Visit our online shop to discover our wide range of cannabis seed genetics!