The Goddess, CANNABIS
An introduction to the cannabis plant and all its glory.
WHY SHE'S OUR GODDESS.
The flowering herb, cannabis is dioecious, which means male or female reproductive organs both appear on the plant.
Growers separate the female from the male to allow the female plant to produce seedless buds called sinsemilla.
Cannabis is easy to distinguish from other plants because of its peculiar and diagnostic venation (arrangement of veins) pattern.
Cannabis plants produce a group of chemicals called cannabinoids, which produce mental and physical effects when consumed.
Cannabinoids and terpenoids (naturally occurring organic chemicals) are secreted by glands on the buds and leaves of the female plants.
There are 483 identifiable chemical constituents known to exist in the cannabis plant, 113 being cannabinoids.
The two cannabinoids produced in the most abundance are delta9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the only compound with psychoactive qualities and cannabidiol (CBD), which has bountiful medicinal uses.
Non-drug plants produce low levels of THC and high levels of CBD, and visa versa.
The forms in which we receive and consume cannabis are the dried infructescences ("buds"), resin aka hashish or various extracts known as oil.
Breeders categorize harvests as "pure indica," "mostly indica," "indica/sativa," "mostly sativa," or "pure sativa." Each produce a different array of sensations and euphoria when consumed.
POPULAR USES OF CANNABIS:
A strain of the cannabis sativa plant grown specifically for industrial use.
Describes the durable soft fibre of the plant stem.
Refers to any industrial or food product not intended for drug use.
Valuable in many commercial products such as paper, textiles, clothing, biodegradable plastics, paint, insulation, biofuel and animal feed.
Has a lower concentration of THC and higher concentration of CBD.
The seeds can be turned into milk and herbal teas while hemp oil is cold-pressed and high in unsaturated fatty acids.
The seed's amino acid profile is comparable to other sources of protein such as meat, eggs and soy.
Light your grass with hemp--it's better for you ;)
The primary psychoactive in cannabis.
1 of the 113 cannabinoids found in the plant.
The molecular structure is what produces the powerful and intoxicating, psychoactive effects.
Fits into cell receptors throughout the body known as the endocannabinoid system (ECS)
Binds to receptors and ignites a series of chemical reactions that result in altered behavioral and cognitive ability.
The ECS is important in helping to establish and maintain human health.
Replaces the chemical compound anandamide in our bodies which helps us "to forget..."
...That awful ex...What awful ex!?
A cannabis compound that has significant medical benefits.
Does not make people feel “stoned.”
Counteracts the psychoactivity of THC.
Evidence suggests that CBD works best for pain when combined with a little THC.
Products should be tested by a third party to confirm product label accuracy.
Doses can be either full-spectrum or isolate:
Full-spectrum includes other cannabinoids (think-stronger together), while isolate is 100% CBD.