February-Marijuana Awareness Month: Breaking Cannabis Down

Marijuana is the subject of a passionate and long-standing debate, with many false or exaggerated claims made by individuals on both sides. Whether you’re pro or anti, an understanding of the facts is essential.

In light of February being Marijuana Awareness Month and ongoing legalization efforts, we have compiled a series of points to help promote healthy discussion and education surrounding this controversial topic.

Increase your knowledge of alternate and street names for marijuana:

Alternate Names For Marijuana

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  • Dope
  • Cannabis
  • Ganja
  • Grass
  • Herb
  • Bud
  • Mary Jane
  • Pot
  • Reefer
  • Skunk
  • Tea
  • Loud

Marijuana is a brown and green mix of leaves, seeds, stems and dried flowers from the hemp plant Cannabis sativa. The drug’s main active chemical is THC, which quickly reaches the brain and other organs via bloodstream.

How THC Affects The Brain

THC affects specific areas of the brain, called cannabinoid receptors. Ordinarily, cannabinoid receptors are activated by chemicals native to the neural communication system, that are semi-responsible for brain function and development.  Use of marijuana over activates this system, resulting in memory difficulties, impaired coordination and difficulty with problem solving and basic thought processes.

Is Marijuana Addictive?

Contrary to popular belief, marijuana can be addictive; affecting the brain’s reward centers in ways similar to those found with more “serious” substances. When use escalates to a daily affair, addiction treatment may be needed to help kick the habit.

Health Effects Of Marijuana

In addition to potential effects on mental health and cognitive development, marijuana smoke can irritate the lungs of its users. Cannabis smokers have been found to develop many of the same respiratory issues as tobacco smokers, including daily phlegm production and cough, increased risk of chest infection, and more frequent acute chest illness.

Is marijuana worthy of demonization? Many would argue not. However, the potential issues associated with long-term usage should have many thinking twice before lighting up.

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The Science of Hangovers

If you’ve ever over indulged in a night of excess, you can likely relate to the symptoms associated with a hangover: fatigue, dehydration, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea among others. But what exactly is to blame for these symptoms? What factors play into the hangover effect? In this entry we will dive into the science of hangovers in an effort to enlighten and inform our readers.hangover myth busted

Dehydration’s Affect On Hangovers

A diuretic, alcohol causes an increase in urine outflow. Simple put, alcohol intake depletes more water from the body than adds to it. This is the cause of lethargy and headaches experienced during even the most mild of hangovers. Though drinking water may appear an obvious solution, it may prove difficult for the body to digest any additional liquid. This is due to the ethanol found in alcohol – a substance that causes irritation to the stomach lining –, which leads only to excess nausea and vomiting.

Ethanol’s Role In Hangovers

Ethanol’s effect of the body isn’t pretty. In order to ward off the depressing effects, our bodies make an attempt to stimulate the brain through the release of natural chemicals. Unfortunately, these types of chemicals cause tremors, light and sound sensitivity, and nausea. In addition, because the body’s filter – the liver – is only able to metabolize a set amount of alcohol during a set period of time, the ethanol amount ingested will ultimately affect the amount of time required for your liver to digest it. Generally, the extent of the symptoms will ultimately depend on the ethanol amount present in your system.


The internet is filled to the brim with miracle hangover cures! Unfortunately, most, it not all of them are not able to offer any real relief. When it comes down to it, the only real cure for any hangover is prevention; the best form of which is alcohol abstinence.

Tired of Hangovers?

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