What Perfect Marijuana High Would Feel Like

Apr 15, 2014

Mar­i­juana users really enjoy strong weed, but would pre­fer that it came with­out para­noia, mem­ory loss and impaired abil­ity to func­tion. That’s accord­ing to a new report from the Global Drug Sur­vey in part­ner­ship with The Huff­in­g­ton Post, which anony­mously sur­veyed more than 38,000 users around the globe. All mar­i­juana is not cre­ated equal. Effects can vary depend­ing on the plant vari­ety, cul­ti­va­tion, pro­cess­ing and blend­ing. Cannabis has two major plant types — indica and sativa — and hun­dreds of hybrid strains with dif­fer­ent char­ac­ter­is­tics. It’s pro­duced in forms that include dried flow­ers, oil and wax. The sur­vey asked users what they’d like in a “per­fect cannabis.” The results show that the “global dom­i­nance of high potency [mar­i­juana] leaves many users far from sat­is­fied,” the researchers say. So what would the effects be of per­fect pot — or “bal­anced bud” as the Global Drug Sur­vey calls it? Users want their cannabis to be strong and pure. And they want it to have a dis­tinct fla­vor, and to impart a high marked by greater sen­sory per­cep­tion, allow­ing them to “com­fort­ably” speak to oth­ers with more gig­gles and laughs, while giv­ing them the “abil­ity to func­tion when stoned,” accord­ing to the Global Drug Sur­vey report. Users report they don’t like some side effects of strong mar­i­juana, includ­ing hang­over feel­ings, para­noia, harm­ful effects on the lungs, feel­ings of becom­ing for­get­ful, an urge to use more, and feel­ings of being dis­tracted or pre­oc­cu­pied, accord­ing to the sur­vey. Responses to the Global Drug Sur­vey: “There appears to be a para­dox in the way peo­ple describe their per­fect cannabis,” the Global Drug Sur­vey report says. “This is because most the effects of being ‘high’ are due to THC, but higher doses of this drug are asso­ci­ated with more neg­a­tive psy­cho­log­i­cal effects. So while they want a prepa­ra­tion with over­all more plea­sur­able effects, they also describe want­ing less of the neg­a­tive effects that are also due to THC such as seda­tion, munchies, mem­ory impair­ment, rest­less­ness. It might well be what they are describ­ing is a high potency THC con­tain­ing prepa­ra­tion bal­anced by CBD which is miss­ing from many cur­rent strains.” Cur­rently, 21 states have legal­ized med­ical mar­i­juana. Col­orado and Wash­ing­ton have legal­ized mar­i­juana for recre­ational use and more than a dozen other states are con­sid­er­ing legal­iza­tion in some form. With all that inter­est and all those reg­u­lated mar­ket­places, grow­ers and sell­ers can tap into users’ pref­er­ences with the Global Drug Sur­vey data and help design a bet­ter plant. The Global Drug Sur­vey bills itself as the world’s biggest annual sur­vey of drug users. This year, 79,322 peo­ple from more than a dozen coun­tries par­tic­i­pated in the anony­mous online ques­tion­naire. Because the Global Drug Sur­vey does not involve a ran­dom sam­ple of par­tic­i­pants, its results can­not be con­sid­ered rep­re­sen­ta­tive of any larger pop­u­la­tion. “Ulti­mately, the only peo­ple that this study (like so many oth­ers) can defin­i­tively tell you about are those who have par­tic­i­pated,” the researchers say. Source: Huff­in­g­ton Post (NY) Author: Matt Ferner, The Huff­in­g­ton Post Pub­lished: April 14, 2014 Copy­right: 2014 Huff​in​g​ton​Post​.com, LLC Con­tact: scoop@​huffingtonpost.​com Web­site: http://​www​.huff​in​g​ton​post​.com/

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