In recent years, many states have started talking about legalizing marijuana for Medicinal and recreational uses. The state of Washington legalized medicinal marijuana in 1998, and recreational use in 2012. However, despite the new popularity and support of cannabis in many forms, many people are still skeptical about using it -- and how to use it. Here is a simple Guide to everything you need to know about using cannabis.

All different kinds

One of the most important things to know about are the cannabinoids in the plant. While there are many, the two most discussed cannabinoids are THC and CBD.

Tetrahydrocannabinol, generally called THC, is commonly talked about. It's the cannabinoid that acts as a psychoactive, allowing people to get high. CBD, or cannabidiol, does not have any psychoactive effects.

Aside from chemical compounds in the plant, there are two major strains of the plant. Indica plants have very calming and relaxing effects. Many people use indicia to sleep. The Sativa strain is much more stimulating. Some people use Sativa strains to find inspiration for art or to have more motivation in doing household tasks. There are hybrid plants as well, which have been bred to produce a wide range of effects from both strains. These hybrids allow for different kinds of highs for different kinds of people.

How do you use cannabis?

The most common form of using cannabis is to inhale it. Marijuana has been commonly smoked throughout the past, and now cannabis comes in the form of concentrated oil vapors. Inhaling cannabis allows it to enter the bloodstream quickly through the respiratory system.

Other ways to enjoy cannabis include edibles.

Different candies and foods have the oils in them. These are easy to ingest but can take a while to kick in. It is highly suggested to talk to marijuana professionals before using edibles as it can be a very tricky high and it lasts a very long time.

There are also cannabis-infused products such as lotions and gels. Many states already have things such as hemp lotions and gels.

Many of these topical items aren't used for getting high but have more of a medicinal purpose. Hemp oil in lotions is said to help aches and pains as well as dry skin.

Prices of marijuana products vary based on items and strains being used. For example, edibles can be more expensive than singular joints. Whichever method you prefer to use cannabis, always remember to learn about what you're using and to ask questions.

Recreational marijuana users must be 21 or older.