The Goddess, CANNABIS
An introduction to the cannabis plant and all its glory.
Why she's our goddess.
While 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. These are the desirable, resinous buds we see go to market--they come from SHE 💅. 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, terpenoids (naturally occurring organic chemicals) and other compounds are secreted by glands on the buds and leaves of the female plants. They act as secondary metabolites; supplementary chemicals produced by the plant that serve as an internal immune system. These help the plant fend off parasites, viruses, bacteria and other natural predators.
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. Aficionados and cultivators recognize three distinct types of of drug-use cannabis: sativa--tall-branched and found in warm lowland regions, Indica--shorter and bushier, found in cooler climates and highland environments and Ruderalis--short plants that grow wild in Europe/Central Asia. 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
Hemp is a strain of the cannabis sativa plant grown specifically for industrial use and describes the durable soft fibre of the plant stem.
It refers to any industrial or foodstuff product that is not intended for drug use.
It is valuable in many commercial products such as paper, textiles, clothing, biodegradable plastics, paint, insulation, bio fuel, food and animal feed.
Hemp has a lower concentration of THC and higher concentration of CBD.
Hemp seeds can be turned into milk and herbal teas while hemp oil is cold-pressed and high in unsaturated fatty acids.
The hempseed'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.
THC is the primary psychoactive in cannabis, and one of the 113 cannabinoids found in the plant.
The molecular structure of THC is what produces the powerful and intoxicating, psychoactive effects that fits into cell receptors throughout the body known as a larger endocannabinoid system (ECS)
The ECS is important in helping to establish and maintain human health.
It binds to the receptors and ignites a series of chemical reactions that result in altered behavioral and cognitive ability.
It replaces the chemical compound anandamide in our bodies which helps us "to forget."
That awful ex? BYE.
CBD is a cannabis compound that has significant medical benefits.
It does not make people feel “stoned” and can actually counteract the psychoactivity of THC.
spasms, and other conditions without disconcerting feelings of lethargy or dysphoria.
According to Dr. Houman Danesh, some evidence suggests that CBD works best for pain when combined with a little THC.
CBD products should be tested by a third party to confirm product label's accuracy.
CBD doses can be either full-spectrum or isolate: Full-spectrum includes other cannabinoids (think-stronger together), while isolate is 100% CBD.