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Cannabis is used for a variety of purposes that includes recreational as well as medical purposes. In order to get the most of this plant, growers look forward to developing strains that provide the maximum benefits.

As cannabis indica and sativa are the most common and pure cannabis strains which have distinctive properties. Another category of cannabis strains are hybrids which possess the qualities of both the strains. The majority of the strains that cannabis growers are cultivating nowadays belong to the hybrid species of cannabis.

Since cannabis or marijuana these days does not only assist you in getting high or have some laughs and relax in life, these wonderful plants are also a great way to deal with a number of medical conditions. As the medicinal benefits of the CBD, a compound found in cannabis is gaining popularity in the world.

Cannabis breeders and researchers are in process of cultivating cannabis strains that contain more and more CBD content as compared to other cannabinoids found in the strain. This need of the breeders have led them to the discovery of many cannabis strains that are CBD-rich strains, Cannatonic, ACDC, Charlotte’s web and Katelyn Faith are the strains to name a few.

What is ACDC?

In order to have an understanding about ACDC, you must know what Cannatonic is. If you have a lust for knowledge about cannabis then you must be aware of the fact that Cannatonic is one of the initial strains developed for the purpose of treating medical conditions. ACDC is a sativa-prominent phenotype of Cannatonic that contains an even higher amount of CBD while having the least possible THC content so that it can be the most medicinal and least psychoactive strain.

Characteristics of ACDC

ACDC has won many awards and received huge recognition not because it can make you high but because of the medical benefits it provides. ACDC has the following features that make it apart from the other strains.

1. CBD ratio

The biggest reason for the popularity of ACDC is its CBD ratio. To your surprise, ACDC has been proved to have the CBD to THC ratio as 20:1. When ACDC was tested in the laboratory, the sample contained 16-24% of CBD while having only 0.5-1.2% of THC, which claims it to be a better alternative than Cannatonic in order to conquer the medical advantages.

If you want to have a little psychoactive effect like a mild high then Cannatonic will a better option for you as it has the THC content of at least not more than 6%. If you are considered with only the medical benefits and do not want any high then ACDC is best for you as it is also labelled as THC-free strain and it does not impair the abilities to think or work.

2. Appearance and aroma of ACDC

Speaking about the appearance of ACDC, it is similar to a mossy-style embryo with yellow-green hues and paired with orange streaks throughout. Because of the less THC content, the orange pistil’s curls and wrap throughout the sugar leaves and are not very frosty.

The flavour and odor of ACDC are very pleasant and can be described as having earthy sweetness with juicy citrus. It provides a little sweet and spicy flavour with woody and tangy fragrance. ACDC is very much preferred by the patients, who are allergic to smelly odours like the patients with epilepsy.

3. Plant structure

ACDC is of medium height and grows about 4 feet tall. The plant structure is similar to the skunk strains and the large bunches are grouped together which is known as colas. In order to grow ACDC, it requires very challenging demands and wishes for maximum time and maintenance to grow. It needs a strong support from which the large bunches can hang and the plant is not pest or diseases resistance so excessive observation is vital.

It can be grown indoors or outdoors but typically indoors are preferred because of the controlled environment and keeping it away from pesticides and diseases. They are grown in the warm to mildly cold conditions but very cold weather can increase its flowering time. The growth time of both indoors and outdoors plants is about 9 to 10 weeks where outdoors it provides more yield than the indoors.

4. ACDC effects

The ACDC strains are bred by Resin seeds and it has the indica and sativa ratio of 50:50, which means it possesses the features of both the strains. Though it does not produce psychoactive effects, after having ACDC one can feel a little relaxed and stress-free, the users have also reported that after smoking a little ACDC they witnessed increased ability to focus and concentrate.

5. Medical benefits

Due to its high CDB content, ACDC is used for treating medical conditions like seizures, muscle spasms, chronic pain or nerve pain. It can also help in managing stress and anxiety and provides uplifting in the mood. Reports and researches have studied that ACDC can heal and provide a relieving effect even in serious conditions like cancer, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis or tremors.

6. Side effects of ACDC

Even though it does not alter the thinking abilities of a person due to the least THC content, the only side effect that ACDC has been linked with is dry mouth or cotton mouth. Dry mouth can easily be taken under control by having a lot of fluids before and after consuming ACDC. A little preparation can be helpful in getting rid of this side effect.

Final thoughts

ACDC strains are best for when you need help with a certain medical condition without witnessing any sort of high. This strain can easily be vaped, smoked or consumed In the form of oils or edibles. This helps the patients to get benefitted from the strain according to their needs. However, it is vital that you seek the help of a medical professional before consuming ACDC and incorporating into your routines. Such cannabis strains have been very useful in conditions where conventional medicines do not work.

Bibliography

https://www.leafly.com/hybrid/acdc

https://www.marijuanabreak.com/acdc-marijuana-strain

https://redstormscientific.com/acdc-cannabis-strain-benefits-effects/

https://www.medicaljane.com/review/acdc-strain-is-a-phenotype-of-cannatonic-high-in-cannabidiol-cbd/

 

November 02, 2018

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Katelyn Faith

Katelyn Faith

As the medical world is advancing day by the day, the medicinal, as well as therapeutic uses of cannabis, are becoming apparent widely. More and more research is being done in this field and the scientists are trying to acquire as many benefits as they can from this exceptional plant. Various strains are being developed in various parts of the world which differ in the concentrations of cannabinoids.

The cannabinoids are the factors that make the different strains categorize. The CBD and THC concentration in any CBD product is the main thing to consider when the quality of the product is to be analyzed. CBD is the cannabinoid that has been linked with a wide range of medicinal benefits and is proved to have beneficial effects in the treatments of cancer, epilepsy, seizures, strokes and numerous other conditions. THC is the psychoactive compound and most usual CBD products have a ratio of 1:1 of CBD and THC. It is also believed a little content of THC is also vital so that CBD can be effective. Because of the advanced research, strains with a higher degree of CBD content are being developed for the purpose of medical treatments.

Katelyn Faith

Recently in 2015, a licensed cannabis producer in Minnesota claimed that he has produced the medical marijuana strain with the highest CBD content in the world. Minnesota medical solutions or MinnMed which are based in Otsego announced that their medical cannabis strain is said to have the CBD to THC ratio of 34:1, according to the third party lab testing.

The strain was given the name “Katelyn Faith” by the MinnMed, after the name of a special little girl of 8 years of age, Katelyn faith Pauling, who died of Battens disease. Her parents fought for the access of cannabis for the purpose of treating her seizures as CBD has been linked with treating and easing diseases that cause seizures. Katelyn Faith died just a few months before the state established laws for medical cannabis.

Katelyn Faith strain and other strains

Katelyn faith strain is the cannabis strain that has the highest content of CBD, earlier this title was given to the Charlotte Web strain of America which was discovered with the CBD to THC ratio of 20:1. There are also many other CBD rich strains that provide competition to the Katelyn faith strain which includes ACDC, MediHaze, Cannatonic and many more.

Properties of Katelyn Faith strain

The Katelyn Faith strain was cultivated by germination research that was conducted in months. The CEO of MinnMed Kyle Kingsley said that this is the strain with such an extraordinary CBD content in the world though it is still difficult to conclude it with certainty because testing is not as transparent and rigorous as it should be.

He added that this much CBD content is highly unusual, the breeders develop Katelyn Faith strain with thousands of seeds in 10 months of period. There is no kind of genetic modification done in the development of Katelyn Faith. The extraction method used for this high-quality CBD requires carbon dioxide to be subjected to high pressure and low temperature, which needs a very expensive equipment.

Claims about Katelyn Faith strain

Kingsley said that they named this strain after Katelyn Faith in order to give a tribute to her and added that the strain would not have cured the disease of Katelyn Faith but could have helped her in making the quality of her life better.

It was also revealed that Katelyn Faith will not produce any intoxicating effects in the users of this strain. He said that there is not enough THC in this plant to produce intoxication, the strain will provide the maximum benefits to the patients of epilepsy and seizures, the patients will be the winners of Katelyn Faith strain.

The company is encouraged to provide the strain to all the patients who qualify. The qualifying conditions in Minnesota depend on the diseases. The patients of cancer, seizures, HIV/AIDs, glaucoma, Tourette syndrome, ALS, muscle spasms or illnesses with excruciating pain are eligible to get benefitted from Katelyn Faith strain.

The company added that this strain will help them to create more effective and high CBD medications, and will drive down the costs for all patients of MinnMed dispensaries. The costs will be reduced as less plant will be used and processed to derive out the valuable CBD content.

The patients will be able to get the high-quality CBD medications with a much lower price due to the availability of Katelyn Faith strain. The company was motivated by the incoming of patients from different parts of the country to Minnesota in order to achieve benefits from this strain. The epileptic patients and other patients who use conventional medications for their diseases like seizures will have the advantage to get CBD at an affordable price.

Most cannabis experts say that CBD requires a little content of THC to produce desired results. David Kowalsky of Cannabis Network Radio said that when it comes to the medicinal use of cannabis make sure to use the plant as a whole. The whole plant medicine is more effective in treating diseases, people are eliminating the THC content which resembles only hemp’s paste. Kingsley of MinnMed also said that they a 50-50 split of CBD and THC user, while many use the combination of both, he added that the patients of Batten disease and epilepsy are more likely to get the most benefits from Katelyn Faith strain.

Conclusion

The Katelyn Faith strain is the most CBD-rich content in the world at the moment. This strain can help a number of patients who suffer from serious diseases while providing them with the benefit of cheaper costs. This strain can be used in a number of ways and since the transportation of even the seeds of this strain is not allowed, the patients should be provided with the Katelyn Faith strain’s products.

Bibliography

http://www.fox9.com/health/minnesota-grown-katelyn-faith-could-be-most-cbd-rich-medical-cannabis

https://www.coppermountainelixirs.com/cannabinoid-science/minnesotta-ultra-rich-cbd-strain/

https://herb.co/marijuana/news/new-medical-marijuana-strain-34-x-stronger-typical-strains/

https://www.hempgazette.com/news/katelyn-faith-cannabis-hg0042/

http://www.cannabusiness.com/news/products-innovation/licensed-producer-claims-to-have-highest-cbd-strain-on-the-planet/

October 04, 2018

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Harlequin

Harlequin

Harlequin is 75/25 sativa that has a sweet musky mango fragrance. It is famous for the high potency of CBD that makes it a reliable strain to use for therapeutic benefits. It has been reported that the strain can make its users clear-headed and relax in the toughest situations. The ration of CBD and THC in Harlequin is 5:2, which means it an ideal strain. It increases the pain killing strength of the strain 2 times. It will relax your body without sedation or intoxication. Here we have everything you need to know about this strain.

Origins, genetics and history of the Harlequin CBD strain

It is a hybrid strain that comes from a combination of parent plant including.

  1. Thai Sativa 
  2. Columbia Gold
  3. Swiss Sativa 
  4. Nepali Indica

This is a very carefully bred sativa. It is commonly grown for the medical purposes and some even use it for recreational effects. Once you will start using Harlequin you will not have to slow down or worry about any couchlock. In reality, the effects of Harlequin are like you have to stimulated to give your best performance. However, it is important that you avoid any kind of overexposure to the strain. It will help you to deal with any kind of over-excitement and avoid any overstimulation in your body.

It will help restrain any king of psychomotor irritation. The biggest attraction of Harlequin is that it has an effective about of THC but still it is effective against different types of seizures due to which it comes with strong relaxing properties. The reason that Harlequin is a unique hybrid strain is that it is a combination of various famous strains. The genetics of the product comes from around the world that brings more therapeutic benefits.

Appearance and smell

The plant is commonly tall as compared to other strains. On the leaves, you will find a medium green color. They are not only tall but also the plant will spread its arms out that are commonly presented with the green buds, frosty trichomes and orange pistils. The smell is commonly floral and herbal. It has a hint of mango, citrus, oak, sweetness, spiciness and wood. The appearance, fragrance, effects and name of Harlequin are elegant.

Therapeutic benefits of Harlequin

Harlequin therapeutic cannabis has THC levels as high as 15 percent. It likewise has CBD levels that go as high as 15%. This one-two punch makes Harlequin the ideal therapeutic strain. Harlequin might be valuable in a few types of epilepsy which react well to treatment with CBD. In youth types of epilepsy, types of weed strains which contain next to zero THC are regularly utilized. Notwithstanding, grown-ups may need or need a strain which has some measure of THC to treat types of epilepsy and the resultant agonies and dysphoria. Harlequin is the ideal strain for grown-ups whose specialists prescribe a preliminary of weed to treat their illness and pain.

Harlequin weed can likewise treat musculoskeletal pain. In spite of the fact that THC levels are not high, 15 percent THC is sufficiently high to give proficient help with discomfort without the symptoms of love seat bolt or tension. Harlequin is a Sativa and accordingly will invigoratingly affect the brain. Agony signals from conditions like back pain, sciatica, neck pain, wrist pain, bear pain, foot pain, and different sorts of muscle pain and fits will be hindered by the pain slaughtering capacity of Harlequin restorative cannabis. Harlequin's CBD level will likewise reduce the irritation which is the reason for these sorts of pain. This will help diminish pain in the long haul after the underlying impacts of the weed have worn off.

Harlequin restorative cannabis may likewise have the capacity to address manifestations related with ADD and ADHD. The psychomotor disturbance that presents in these sicknesses can be vulnerable to lessening by the loosening up impacts of cannabidiol. In the meantime, the absence of fixation can be enhanced by the impacts of the Sativa hereditary qualities and THC, which can empower and enhance center.

Harlequin cannabis can likewise be helpful against the attacks of uneasiness and wretchedness. The capacity of the high CBD levels to decrease irritation can help battle dejection which has been appeared in a few investigations to be caused via autoimmunity and aggravation in the mind, gut, and sensory system. In the meantime, the Sativa impacts can address the side effects of dormancy and absence of inspiration.

Harlequin therapeutic cannabis can be an awesome treatment for sickness. Since it doesn't have the symptoms of torpidity or couchlock, nor that of tension or neurosis, it very well may be the ideal method to battle queasiness. Sickness can be an aftereffect of medications for a disease like chemotherapy and radiation. Harlequin weed can treat this queasiness without causing brutal reactions.

Harlequin restorative pot can enhance hunger also. Numerous patients with squandering conditions like tumor or HIV think that its difficult to eat. Harlequin weed can enhance craving without the symptoms of other weed strains. It won't cause a high which is upsetting or excessively extreme. Or maybe, the inclination is smooth and pleasant. You will, in any case, have the majority of your gifts and capacities while utilizing this weed. Your brain will be clear and dynamic.

Bottom line

Harlequin is a Sativa that will relax you, which implies it gives both physical unwinding and mental incitement. Harlequin will loosen up the body and fortify the brain, motivating you to complete things, and cajoling the psyche into innovative musings and activities.

Harlequin can be an awesome compliment to exercises with loved ones where you need to mingle and have an extraordinary time. You won't be too high to take part in exercises that require thought or coordination. You will be upbeat and agony free, and in the meantime, motivated to make and develop. Harlequin weed is an incredible 'complete things' strain for dynamic clients. It is a high-quality strain that will bring many positive results.

Sources 

https://mmjdoctoronline.com/health-news/what-are-the-best-non-psychoactive---cbd-strains-of-cannabis
http://www.houseofharlequin.org/plants-of-interest/
http://www.ilovegrowingmarijuana.com/harlequin/
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/nov/16/new-strain-cannabis-treat-psychosis-schizophrenia-gw-pharmaceuticals-david-potter

October 04, 2018

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Cannabis Ruderalis

Cannabis Ruderalis

You must have the knowledge that cannabis is a plant and you have heard of the most common strains of cannabis that are indica and sativa. Another strain of cannabis is ruderalis, which we do not commonly hear of. The botanists have contradictory opinions in referring cannabis ruderalis as a spate strain or a sub-species. However, there is a great deal of difference between ruderalis and the other two strains of cannabis. The detailed information provided in this article will help you in gaining knowledge about ruderalis which can assist you in planting or farming the plant if that is what you looking for. 

The origins of Cannabis Ruderalis

The word ruderalis comes from a Latin word ruderal which means wild plant. A ruderal plant is the one which can grow and cultivate easily even in the areas where there is human inhabitation or the areas which have been affected by natural disturbances. The ruderal species are first on the land after the disturbances like ecological recovery squad. The disturbances can range from wildfires to avalanches.

Ruderalis species are thought to be descendent from indica species which are the descendants of sativa species, so it is argued that whether it is the subspecies or the distinct species in itself. It is believed that ruderalis comes from indica genetics that managed to grow in extreme conditions like harsh climates and short tenure of growing season in the northern areas where it originates. The ruderalis plant belongs to the areas of Asia, Eastern/Central Europe and most importantly Russia. Botanists used the term ruderalis to define its quality to be cultivated as a wild plant and without human intervention, adapting to the extreme environmental conditions.

Characteristics of Cannabis Ruderalis

The reasons due to which the cannabis strains are classified and differ from each other are hidden in their properties. The size, growing time, morphology and flowering time are the characteristics of the strains that distinguish them. 

Size of the ruderalis

Cannabis ruderalis is the shortest type of cannabis strain, which only blooms to about 30 cm to 80 cm in height when it is fully grown. They have a rugged and shaggy pattern that grows only a few branches with wide and fat-bladed leaves which are in a light green hue. The buds that grow from ruderalis are small but chunky and have thick sturdy stems. Because they are smallest in size, so ruderalis are also called dwarf or bonsai cannabis. 

The growth time of Cannabis Ruderalis

This characteristic of ruderalis set it apart from other strains of cannabis. the flowering cycle of ruderalis is witnessed according to the maturity of ruderalis instead of the photoperiod. The recent ruderalis can produce flowers in approximately 20 to 30 days after the seeds are planted regardless of the cycle of light. It has the quality to complete its cycle from being a seed to providing seeds in nearly 10 weeks. The seeds of ruderalis can easily detach itself and can also survive in the ground unless the conditions are favourable to continue production. They can also continue to grow even if their shells are cracked because of the human or animal walking on the seeds. This is the factor due to which they are called auto-flowering strains. These strains are often produced because of this trait that they produce flowers as they age, without the need for vegetation. This trait has led to the inventions of various genetically modified strains of cannabis.

The cannabinoid concentration

The concentrations of the cannabinoid THC found in ruderalis is relatively lower than other strains. Due to this factor, ruderalis is not considered preferable for recreational use. However, it has high concentrations of CBD which make ruderalis a better option to cultivate for medicinal utilization. The CBD content, short growth cycle, and auto-flowering properties of ruderalis are what makes it more valuable to cannabis breeders. 

Auto-flowering

Auto-flowering is the ability of the plant to grow and reproduce according to the changes in the plant itself rather than the environment. Usually, plants depend on the changes of season and climate in order to cultivate, while this is not the case in the auto-flowering ability of ruderalis. This is the most important trait of ruderalis that differentiate it from other strains. The ruderalis strain growth is dependent on its maturity and it continues to produce flowers until they complete their reproduction cycle.

The ruderalis strains do not need light to grow and do not depend on light cycle exposure, unlike indica and sativa strains. Due to this factor, breeders modified these genes into the blooming cycles of other strains as a result of which more effective, prolific and popular strains are produced.

The auto flowering plants are now produced and have evolved the process of hybridization and cultivation. This property of ruderalis allows the growers to be careless in cultivation because of the forgiving requirement of light and also provide shorter sow and harvest period. Due to this, it is considered very popular for home cultivation by beginner growers and has created a boom in the cannabis world.

Some of the famous automatic flowering strains of cannabis are Amnesia Haze Automatic which is short in size as well as in growth tenure and grows in about 10 weeks. This version of Amnesia Haze is one of the sativa favourites. Royal Haze Automatic is also popular because of its short growth time, small size and easy to cultivate properties. Royal Bluematic is the strain that provides sweet smell and taste of Blueberry, this strain is ready to harvest in 8 to 10 weeks. Northern Light Automatic is the most famous and popular strain and provides a sweet taste and relaxing high. This strain has reached heights of popularity because of the short harvest period and gigantic yields.

The cannabis ruderalis is extensively used by the cannabis growers in order to get benefitted from its quality and produce some extraordinary strains in terms of flavour, content and cultivating characteristics. This has contributed in developing various strains of cannabis.

Bibliography

https://www.leafly.com/news/cannabis-101/what-is-cannabis-ruderalis
http://hashmuseum.com/en/the-plant/cannabis-species/cannabis-ruderalis

October 04, 2018

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Cannabis sativa

Cannabis sativa

Introduction to Cannabis sativa

Cannabis sativa is a well-known herbaceous plant whose origin is from Asia and in most of the countries that are near equator for example Mexico, Thailand, and Colombia etc. This is being used widely in medicines from ancient time. Cannabis sativa belongs to the family of Cannabaceae. Cannabis sativa is known as a best source of fibers. It is widely known from the ancient times for its usage in medical and textile line. Cannabis sativa are valuable plants for nature. These are using less water than other crops. This is being harvested at a record level. This is being harvested to get the oil, seeds and fiber from it due to its best use in different fields of nutrition, textile and medicine.

Physical appearance of Cannabis sativa

Cannabis sativa is a tall one in size which have green leaves but a lighter shade of green, leaves have a long and narrow shape. Its flower has a longer shape. It is thinner than other types of it, due to which these plants get a healthier growth and lesser risk of fungus attack on its stem even when they grow in a grouped from. Seeds of Cannabis sativa are unisexual. These are small plants but taller than the other types of Cannabis plants. Its male plants are also taller than the ones which are female plants.

Uses of Cannabis sativa

Seeds of Cannabis sativa is most commonly being used in the formation of hempseed oil, that is wisely being used for cooking purposes, in manufacturing of lamps or in being used in making of paints. Seeds of Cannabis sativa are being used as the food item of birds (caged birds) too, because these seeds have the ability to provide the maximum required nutrition to the birds to some extent.

Psychoactive chemical compounds that are available in the flowers of Cannabis sativa are being used for multiple spiritual purposes and for the purpose of medication too. According to history leaves and flowers of Cannabis sativa were being used in the preparation of skin ointments, for the making of teas and tinctures etc. these are the most common preparations that were being gotten by Cannabis sativa.

In India leaves and seeds of Cannabis sativa are being used for making of hypnotic, tranquillizer or in the preparation of agents like anti-inflammatory and for preparation of painkillers.

Farming of Cannabis sativa plants

In the period of vegetative growth, Cannabis sativa requires to have at least from twelve to thirteen hours of light in one day for being stayed vegetative. Level of flowering comes when there occurs a darkness level of at least 12 hours in each day. Period of flowering of Cannabis sativa plants totally depends on the condition of environment.

Flowering cycle can exist at least from the period of nine to sixteen weeks. pH range of the Cannabis sativa in the soil should be between the range of 6.3 to 6.8. But in the case if you want to get best nutrition values from Cannabis sativa plant then you have to maintain pH level in the range from 5.2 to 5.8 which is best level of pH for the cultivation of Cannabis sativa plant. Because this range is being hostile for the most types of bacteria and fungi.

Purpose of the cultivation of Cannabis sativa plants

There are three main purpose which are commonly known behind the cultivation of Cannabis sativa plants at a broad level.

The most common and primary purpose behind the cultivation of Cannabis sativa is to get the fiber from the stems and branches of Cannabis sativa (as Cannabis sativa plant is known as a rich source of fibers).

The second most common purpose of cultivating the Cannabis sativa plants is to get the seeds from it. Seeds of Cannabis sativa plants can be used for the making of hempseed oil which is being used for cooking purposes and in preparation of paints etc. (Seeds of Cannabis sativa plants are known as the best extractor of Hempseed oil) Or one can eat these seeds entirely in its raw form.

Third most common purpose behind the cultivation of Cannabis sativa plants at the broad level is to use it for the purpose of preparation of medicines or recreational purposes. These recreational drugs are being made in between the process of the making of industrial hump with the concentration of compounds known as psychoactive (at very low level to make it useful). Marijuana is also being prepared from Cannabis sativa plants.

Medicinal purposes of Cannabis sativa plants

Cannabis sativa is being used for multiple purposes of medicinal and recreational both. Cannabis sativa can be used by inhaling it or can be used by taking with food items for example in tea.

Following are some medicinal benefits of using Cannabis sativa:

• Marijuana (made from Cannabis sativa) can be used to cure glaucoma. Glaucoma is a disease of eye in which the optic disc can be hurt because of the pressure in the eyeball.

• Epilepsy can be cured by Cannabis sativa. Epilepsy is an abnormality that occurs mostly due to the irregular release of electrical pulses of the brains.

• To cure the sensory disturbance or in the case of unconsciousness Cannabis sativa is a best thing to use.

• According to the results of recent studies it has been revealed that Cannabis sativa is being used in the treatment of cancer too. Side effects of Cannabis sativa

Following are some side effects of usage of Cannabis sativa:

• One who is using Cannabis sativa can feel high or it can alter the state of consciousness of the user of it. •

Cannabis sativa can distort the perception level of the person using it.

• Cannabis sativa can increase appetite.

• Cannabis sativa can increase the pulse rate from the normal level.

• Usage of Cannabis sativa can lower the level of concentration. A person who is using it may react more sensitively about the things happening around him.

Cannabis sativa plants are most common and can easily be available around you. At most of the places in the world Cannabis sativa are being cultivated as other crops.

October 04, 2018

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What is hemp?

What is hemp?

Hemp has been part of our culture for more than 10.000 years

Hemp is one of the oldest domesticated crops known to man and is believed to have originated in South or Central Asia.

Hemp is one of the strongest, most durable, natural soft-fibers on this planet. It has been used for paper, fuel, oils, medicine, clothing, housing, plastic, rope, and even food for thousands of years. In fact, the Columbia History of the World states that the oldest relic of human industry is a scrap of hemp fabric dating back to approximately 8,000 BC.

Because of this, hemp has a wide variety of uses. An interesting fact to take away is that hemp was even considered legal tender (money), as people were able to pay their taxes with hemp for over 200 years in America. Hemp was so valuable that farmers were sometimes fined or even jailed for not growing cannabis in both America and England. 

Hemp is not marijuana. Marijuana is not hemp

Marijuana and hemp are two different forms of cannabis. They each have their own separate uses and benefits.

One of the first differences of how you should distinguish between hemp and marijuana is the fact that marijuana is usually used just recreationally, spiritually, and medicinally. Many use it for the psychoactive purposes (“high”) or non-psychoactive effects and benefits depending on the cannabinoid content.

Hemp, on the other hand, naturally has a very high amount of cannabidiol (CBD) in most instances and only a trace amount of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Fortunately, the cannabinoid profile of hemp is ideal for people looking for benefits from cannabis without the psychoactive purposes (“high”).

Hemp is used for making herbal supplements, food, fiber, rope, paper, bricks, oil, natural plastic, and so many other industrial and environmental uses and benefits throughout history.

Within the past decade, researchers have become increasingly interested in the medical benefits of another compound found in both plants, known as cannabidiol (CBD). CBD is a non-psychoactive component of the cannabis plant but is reputed to help with a myriad of medical conditions.

It's important to know that although THC and CBD are the most studied components of cannabis, there are many more chemical compounds found within the plant, such as cannabigerol (CBG), cannabichromene (CBC), cannabidivarin (CBDV), tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV), terpenes, and flavonoids. While there is still much to learn about these other chemicals, researchers have discovered that whole-plant cannabis extracts that contain these other chemicals are more beneficial than isolated extracts that contain just CBD or THC.

It’s all cannabis

Scientifically, industrial hemp and marijuana are the same plants, with a genus and species name of Cannabis sativa. They have a drastically different genetic profile though.

Why hemp and marijuana typically get mixed up is because they both are from the same plant species, Cannabis sativa L.

Although both hemp and marijuana have male and female sexes, the female plant gender is the one that mainly distinguishes hemp from marijuana. In the marijuana plant, the female plants produce the buds and flowers for users to consume in order to gain psychoactive or non-psychoactive effects. With hemp on the other hand, the female plants bare the seeds and have strong fibers, which is what hemp is mainly used for. For this reason, hemp is used mostly for industrial and commercial purposes

Industrial Hemp is always a strain of Cannabis sativa, while marijuana can be Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica, or Cannabis ruderalis. The major difference is how industrial hemp has been bred compared to a marijuana form of Cannabis sativa. Typically speaking, industrial hemp is very fibrous, with long strong stalks, and barely has any flowering buds, while a marijuana strain of Cannabis sativa will be smaller, bushier, and full of flowering buds. However, newer industrial hemp varieties in Switzerland are being bred to have more flowers and higher yields of cannabinoids and terpenes.

To put it in perspective, marijuana can have anywhere from 5% to over 20% of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content, while hemp only has 0.3% to 1.5% of THC.

August 29, 2018

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What is hemp seed oil?

What is hemp seed oil?

Hemp seed oil is the nutty, flavorful oil that comes from the raw seeds of the hemp plant. It’s a documented dietary supplement and beauty aid.

Hemp seed oil is not the same as hemp oil.

It comes from the tall growing varieties of cannabis. However, it does not contain THC – the primary psychoactive compound in marijuana. It offer some powerful health benefits when used both internally and externally.

Hemp seed has been used for more than 8.000 years in our culture

Hemp seed has been used worldwide for hundreds of years. In 6000 BC, both the seeds and oil were used for food in China. At the turn of the 20th century in the USA, it was commonly used in lamps, drying oils for paints, wood varnish and many more purposes.

Hemp seed oil contains little to no THC or CBD and is instead extracted for its healthy fatty acid profile.

Research has found that hemp contains all of the essential amino acids and essential fatty acids that are necessary for human life. Hemp seeds are rich in protein, polyunsaturated fatty acids, omega 6, omega 3 and insoluble fiber. They are a good source of tocopherols, or Vitamin E antioxidants. They’re packed with minerals such as potassium, magnesium, iron, zinc, calcium, and phosphorus, and microelements like strontium, thorium, arsenic and chromium.

High in essential fatty acids, Omega 6 and omega 3, hemp oil can be used to increase immunity, counteract aging skin and improve cardiovascular health. Several studies show that the linoleic acid present in hemp oil can slow down the aging process and fight psoriasis.

Hemp seed oil also contains a unique protein called globule edestin which is similar to globulin in human blood plasma. Hemp seed oil possesses powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Hemp is also considered to be the most balanced oil for nutrition found in nature and it is easily digestible, too.

All of this combined together, provides many wonderful benefits for health as well as beauty, inside and out.

The most important health benefits of hemp seed oil

According to research and articles hemp seed oil is known for the following health benefits. 

1. Hemp seed oil helps maintain a hormonal balance

Hemp is the only edible seed that contains gamma-linolenic acid, which is eventually converted to the protective hormone prostaglandin PGE1 that regulates the hormonal balance and supports menopausal health.

2. Hemp seed oil regenerates and energises the skin’s protective layer

Due to its high content of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, hemp seed oil has a composition similar to skin lipids, which makes it an excellent natural emollient and moisturizer. It is especially useful for dry, tired or dehydrated skin and nails. It increases the skin elasticity and water retention capacity in tissues. Pure hemp seed oil can be used to treat dry hair and is often included in hair conditioners.

3. Hemp seed oil is great for vegetarians

Getting the right balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids can be tricky for vegetarians and vegans. Hemp seed oil has the optimal ratio of these acids.

4. Hemp seed oil helps lower cholesterol

The only vegetable oil to contain omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids (3:1), hemp seed oil can help lower cholesterol levels by accelerating metabolic processes. With a faster metabolism, fats burn at a quicker rate and are not deposited on the artery walls.

5. Hemp seed oil can be good for diabetics

Due to its low carbohydrate and sugar content, hemp oil is can be a great food additive for diabetics. The nutrients present in it can help moderate blood sugar levels.

6. Hemp seed oil can help prevent psoriasis

Psoriasis is caused by a deficiency of omega-6 fatty acids in the body. The fatty acids present in hemp oil help improve skin oxygenation and hydration.

7. Hemp seed oil can boost your immunity

Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids also improve immunity and regulate intestinal flora, thus building a natural barrier against microbes and increasing the resilience of the body.

8. Hemp seed oil helps prevent demyelination of the nervous system

Essential fatty acids are necessary for a healthy cell membrane structure. They also prevent the demyelination, the destruction of the myelin sheath (a membrane that protects the nerve cells).

9. Hemp seed oil can prevent varicose veins

Like other compounds high in omega-3s, hemp oil can thin your blood, reducing blood clots and varicose veins.

These statements and claims are not made by us, so make sure you read our health disclaimer.

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What are terpenes?

What are terpenes?

Any natural component that particularly has the properties that not only benefit its origin but are also useful for the human body is always appreciated by the masses. Especially people who believe in the treatment through natural and organic products tend to be healthier than the others who become addictive to the harmful medicines from the treatment of their physical and mental health. The main reason for using the natural ingredients is to permanently get rid of the diseases and prolonged ailments that make the person internally weak. For this purpose, a lot of the awareness is being created by the scientific experts who are the true believers of the herbal elements.

This is why the ratio of harmful medicines to the useful natural ingredients is decreasing day by day. Plants are one of the best sources of natural components from which the effective elements are extracted through a scientific procedure. The cannabis plant is a common type of the marijuana that is popular for its highly effective properties of treating severe medical illness without producing any side-effects. The hemp of the cannabis plant contains certain components that are responsible for producing a specific aroma called the terpenes.

Definition of terpenes

The terpenes are the components of the cannabis plant present in its hemp. The special aroma of the flowers of the cannabis plant is mainly the terpenes which differentiate it from the other plants. This smell is sometimes sweet and fruity, while some consider it as a bitter aroma that is an unpleasant form of the medicine made from it. This smell of the terpenes is not an ordinary one like that of the other herbal plants. In fact, it contains some amazing properties which are medically fit for the treatment of severe physical and mental diseases including cancer and neurological disorders.

The cannabis terpenes

As mentioned above, terpenes are the components of the cannabis plant that are responsible for producing the specific aroma. However, nobody has the precise idea of that aroma because some people find it to be sweet while others claim it to be bitter and unpleasant. The effect of the cannabis terpenes is somewhat similar to that of the cannabinoids, another element of the cannabis plant. That said, what makes both of them different from each other are the individual qualities that are natural and effective in a unique way. People who have used terpenes in the form of the oil for the treatment of severe diseases claim the natural aroma ingredient to be producing zero side-effects.

Does it make you high?

Before the proper scientific experiments and research, most of the people thought terpenes to be a source of making the person’s brain high and addictive to the herbal ingredient. This was due to the fact that terpenes are directly related to the smelling phenomenon which creates a misconception of it being an addictive drug to for pain relief and treatment of the neurological disorders. However, thanks to the latest research and technology, terpenes have been labeled as a safe organic source of oil which can be commonly used without the need for a prescription.

Having said that, terpenes also directly affect the brain receptors such as dopamine, which is also the main reason for it being highly effective. This is the main reason why a lot of the believers of the herbal medicine failed to accept terpenes as a secure consumption.

The effects of terpenes

After a thorough research on the differences between cannabidiol, commonly known as CBD, and terpenes, it is concluded that unlike CBD, terpenes directly link with the natural endocannabinoid present in our bodies only to affect the brain cells that release dopamine i.e. the pleasure cells. This way, terpenes taken in the form of oil or a dabber allows the brain receptors to react to it, as a result of which it provides relief to the pain and other neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s and multiple sclerosis. This is how terpenes have a great influence on our internal body without producing any side effects such as addiction or a high-effect on the brain.

The common immediate effects of terpenes include:

1. Sleepiness 
2. Relaxation
3. Anxiety relief
4. Improves heart rate
5. Elevates mood

Are there any side-effects of terpenes?

THC is the psychoactive ingredient that is also found in the cannabis plant and most people relate it to the other elements of the plant that gives birth to a misconception. While THC is a reality that makes the person goes high on the brain activities and also becomes a source of addiction for the drug that it is. However, it cannot be compared to terpenes that is a totally different component of the cannabis plant because it does not contain any psychoactive ingredients that are harmful to the brain. That said, when terpenes is consumed, it immediately has an effect on the disturbed parts of the body that makes it one of the highly-effective natural and organic remedies in today’s time.

How are terpenes consumed?

The most form of Terpenes consumption is the hemp oil that is taken by the sufferer in order to treat the affected parts of the body. However, terpenes is naturally present on some of the fruits and other edibles such as mangoes that allow the humans to consume it on a regular to daily basis to maintain a balance in the mental activities of the brain receptors. Also, terpenes are said to release an aroma like that of the cloves and black pepper. This is why terpenes are found to produce an extremely concentrated smell that is mostly unbearable under normal circsumstances. However, it can be taken in the form of oil, capsules, and fruits etc. to get rid of the unwanted aches, physical, and mental illness.

The smell of terpenes is basically meant to attract the pollinators and distract the predators, which is why it is also called the natural cannabis plant shield. The cannabinoids and terpenes present in the cannabis plant are the most effective natural ingredients that are helpful in treating some of the severe diseases such as cancer and chronic body pains.

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Marijuana, cannabis and hemp - what is the difference?

Marijuana, cannabis and hemp - what is the difference?

Because of the huge development in the cannabis extracts and isolates market, we are seeing numerous website pages, social media groups and pages that are currently devoted to this market, and with that comes uncontrolled false information propagated by individuals that have no studies or that are pushing an agenda. Regardless the reasons, the problem is that the false and contradictory information is leaving the customers confused and doubtful. These products have a huge medical potential but unfortunately, in social media groups, exist a never-ending battle against myths and rumors.

Different opinions

Numerous individuals still don't understand that marijuana and hemp are the same plants with the same genus and species, namely either Cannabis sativa or Cannabis indica.

Recently, hemp is defined as genetic strains that are higher in Cannabidiol (CBD) and marijuana is defined as the strains that are higher in tetrahydrocannabidiol (THC). CBD and THC are the principal cannabinoids (among several) found in cannabis.

Another explication separates the terms and the products based on the part of the plant and also based on how it is used. The term "hemp" is reserved for the industrial/commercial use of the cannabis stalk and seed for textiles, foods, papers, body care products, detergents, plastics and building materials while the term “marijuana” is used for the recreational and medicinal use of products derived from the flower and leaves.

A third opinion seems to consider hemp as a plant with low cannabinoid content and cannabis as a plant with high cannabinoid content.

Clearly, these perspectives can prompt contradictions because, under one definition, a material with high CBD would be called hemp and under another worldview the same would be called cannabis. Because of this, a lot of people are confused, and we should stop using the trivial names and adopt the chemotype nomenclature from the essential oil industry. For instance, there are numerous chemotypes of basil fundamental oil most every one of them originating from similar family and species Ocimum basilicum. Basil oil that is high in linalool is called Basil ct. linalool. Basil oil that is high in methyl chavicol is alluded to as Basil ct. methyl chavicol. It will be easier if we simply talk about Cannabis ct. CBD or Cannabis ct. THC. This emphasizes that we are discussing the same plant just different strains that produce a different major cannabinoid when extracted and would lead to much less confusion. This brings us to the difference between CBD and THC. THC. While both are very important cannabinoids they have very different observable effects in the human body. It is vague now which is more medically valuable but what is clear is that THC has the additional inconvenience (or advantage contingent upon your point of view) of getting you high. Since CBD does not have the psychoactive effects that THC does, it is thought by many to be the more medicinally useful cannabinoid, at least from a practical usage sense, because the amount needed to be really potent for treating serious medical conditions such as seizures or chronic pain can be many hundreds of milligrams per day. If you use a big dosage level of CBD there is no problem, but 100 milligrams of pure THC would turn most people into a zombie for at least 12 hours if they didn’t vomit it out from nausea before then. We aren’t saying that THC isn’t medically useful but there is still much work to be done. Also, there are cases when the combination of both would be an optimal medicinal value. There seems to be a lot of competition between the old-school producers of “marijuana” (Cannabis ct. THC) who have transformed their once illegal activities into huge cash cow businesses in states like Colorado and the relative newcomers on the market who are concentrating on extracts of Cannabis ct. CBD. This contention leads to misinformation that is spread in the world and this is because of the lack of education or because of the economic interests.

Examples of different false statements

For example, you will often hear claims like ” CBD from hemp is not as high quality as CBD from cannabis”. This statement is false on two counts. First of all, CBD from hemp is CBD from cannabis, because cannabis is simply the genus of all these plants. Secondly, CBD is a molecule with a specific three-dimensional structure, it knows not from whence it came. It’s only necessity to be CBD is the unique three-dimensional arrangement of its atoms. So, doesn't make a difference what genetic strain produced the CBD, if it is pure CBD then it’s going to act exactly in the same way in the body, regardless of where it was isolated from.

Other claims you will see are things like “CBD extracts from hemp are not as good as CBD extracts from cannabis because hemp does not have the needed terpenes for the entourage effect.” This statement is also false because again hemp is cannabis but to address the claims about the entourage effect we much first define what that means. The entourage effect in the cannabis world usually refers to the enhanced effectiveness of the cannabinoids offered by the inclusion of the native terpenes of the plant. Some will also state it to more generally refer to the greater effectiveness of using the whole plant extract as opposed to just a single isolated cannabinoid. In the essential oil and fragrant healing world, we would basically call this the synergistic impact, as in the synergy of all the molecules in the essential oil have a more prominent impact than just the sum of its individual parts. What the cannabis world has largely not figured out yet is that what they refer to as the terpene profile of cannabis is simply the essential oil of cannabis. The essential oil is just the volatile organic fraction of the plant obtained by steam or hydrodistillation. The essential oil is a secondary metabolite and basically determines the odor of the cannabis plant of interest. There are literally hundreds of genetic strains of cannabis and if you spent any time smelling the different strains you know that the odor can be all over the place. But regardless of the odor, the essential oil is typically mainly comprised of three main terpenes, namely myrcene, alpha-humulene, and beta-caryophyllene. Myrcene is a monoterpene while alpha-humulene and beta-caryophyllene are sesquiterpenes. The variance in odor, regardless of coming from “hemp” or “marijuana” is due to the varying ratios of these components along with the variance in all the other minor terpene and terpenoid components, which can range into the hundreds if you dig deep enough into your analysis. It would be quite likely that you could come across two genetic strains that could have very similar essential oil profiles, smell pretty much the same, and yet one would be higher in CBD and the other higher in THC. If not naturally occurring, then this certainly could be accomplished through selective breeding.

Recently, many companies are taking about “cannabis terpene isolates” and adding them to cannabis extracts to get the desired entourage effect. These are terpene fractions from the actual CO2 extraction of cannabis. These terpene fractions are very expensive but buyer beware, more often than not what is being sold on the market are often cheap terpene products that come from other botanicals, or even made synthetically, and its fairly easy for a lab like ours to determine the origin of terpenes by GC/MS analysis as our specialty is in terpene analysis of literally hundreds of botanicals and we have had to learn how to detect adulteration in all of them. The best thing to use for the entourage effect would simply be the true cannabis essential oil that is obtained by steam distillation of a variety of cannabis strains, but typically done on a production scale from low cannabinoid biomass as the steam distillation process is somewhat destructive to the plant material and would drastically reduce the extraction yield of the highly-valued cannabinoid containing parts which are saved for other extraction processes like CO2 or butane extractions.

Conclusion

In conclusion, when it comes to cannabis extracts, it’s critical to get informed. The cannabis industry is relati–vely new and it's booming. Because of this, it’s experiencing some of the similar issues of vast scale adulteration and outright fraud that the essential oil and mainstream extracts industry industries experienced decades ago. The cannabis business is so new and, now, so disconnected from the more standard enterprises because of the lawful obstructions. People have an enormous lack of scientific expertise and information about the cannabis world, but we hope that we play an important role in order help you to get the right information.

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What is cannabis oil?

What is cannabis oil?

Cannabis oil, you must have heard this term quite a lot of time every time you searched for a herbal or organic treatment for the severe as well mild diseases. But we highly doubt that despite coming across the term a thousand times, you must not have shopped for or used it. This due to the reason that despite the fact the cannabis oil is becoming immensely popular and successful all around the world the right kind of the awareness is still lacking on the online medical blogs.

This is to an extent that a lot of the people are still suffering from the same disease since years and medically struggling to get out of it with the help of the advanced medical theories.

However, what is better than these harmful and addictive medicines that not only treats the ailments but also prevents them from happening, that too through a natural and organic source? Yes, you guessed that right.

Cannabis oil is the answer to every effort that people are trying to make for curing their chronic and mild diseases. But before we jump to the benefits of this product, let us first understand what exactly is the cannabis oil, from where it is generated, and the myths surrounding the phenomenon so that it will be easier for you to understand the reality behind the naturally produced oil.

Understanding the term cannabis

Cannabis is a plant often related to marijuana for a clear explanation because unlike cannabis, marijuana is a more common term for the non-medical people. So basically, the cannabis plant has different breeds in the same hemp that it has from which the oil is extracted to be mixed with other organic oils such as the olive oil.

This way, the cannabis plant is known to produce different kinds on the oils for numerous purposes, all related to the field of medicine. However, the names and effects of each type of the cannabis oil also differentiate from the other that has created a whole of the confusion among its users.

While some say that the high effects of marijuana, like smoking weed, are also a part of the oil extracted from the cannabis plant, the others refuse to believe this myth and continue using it, without facing any side-effects.

The four different types of cannabis oil

Simply put, the cannabis plant is one but the hemp that it consists of has different ingredients according to the plant’s breed. These ingredients have obviously different medical effects which are used for the treatment of several mental and physical conditions. This is also the main reason for the confusion about the cannabis oil and its side-effects because yes, there are a couple of the ingredients in the hemp of the cannabis plant that produce dangerous effects for the human body.

Here are different types of the cannabis oils, named differently with certain benefits and side-effects for an improved understanding about the product and the myths surrounding it.

  1. CBD oil:

    One of the ingredients in the hemp of the cannabis plant is cannabidiol, also known as CBD. The oil extracted from CBD is called the CBD oil and is also the most popular one among the others. More often, people refer to the cannabis oil as the CBD oil because of the maximum number of advantages that it provides to its users that are also scientifically approved.

    The CBD oil is being used as a common product by people who prefer the organic treatment over the harmful medicines, which is also why it is becoming a successful natural treatment in most parts of the world.

  2. THC oil:

    Tetrahydrocannabinol i.e. THC is also one of the main ingredients found in the hemp of the cannabis plant. However, the reason as to why THC is not much common as compared to CBD is its side-effects that are related to smoking weed for making the brain high on it. While THC is a totally different component of the cannabis plant, it is being referred to as a type of the CBD oil by some of the medical authorities for creating confusion among its users.

    On the other hand, apart from the side effects, the THC oil is also used for the treatment of some diseases that need the patient to be in the particular mental condition because that is probably how it works.

  3. Hemp oil:

    The hemp oil is a total misconception created by people who have read the term on some cannabis product’s description. As mentioned above, the hemp is a part of the cannabis plant that might be differentiated from the separate breeds that it has. However, the hemp oil is a definite thing that is originated from the hemp of the cannabis plant to produce the desired effects, according to the required amount of CBD and THC.

    That said, if a company is selling the hemp oil then there is definitely much more to the product’s description that should be considered before buying it.

  4. Marijuana oil:

    The marijuana oil is also a type of the cannabis plant and the name is used for the product for the same reason, i.e. for the customers to have a better approach towards it. This is due to the fact that while marijuana still has some harmful side-effects such as the excessive release of artificial dopamine, it is used as an alternative term for the cannabis oil, mainly CBD.

    This is for the reason that marijuana oil, which in reality is the cannabis oil, is taken as a harmful organic product that cannot be trusted for treating the mental and physical conditions.

    The other types of the cannabis oil include Butane Oil, Rick Simpson Oil, and the CO2 oil, all of which have different benefits with the most common one being the treatment and prevention of the dangerous diseases in the specified time period with minimal side-effects.

Benefits of the cannabis oil

  • It is suitable for treating severe neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
  • It is highly beneficial for the treatment of mild and severe body pains.
  • It is known to be a good cure and prevention of the skin diseases such as acne and eczema.
  • It has proved to be successful weight loss treatment.
  • Anxiety and depression are also curable with the cannabis oil.

The cannabis oil has a vast explanation for the term becoming controversial in the last few years. However, with the increased awareness and the amount of the successful treatments in its favor, the cannabis oil is becoming equally popular with the right kind of the attention that it deserves.

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Plants that contain cannabinoids

Plants that contain cannabinoids

A cannabinoid is a term which is used a lot in the cannabis industry, but did you know that the Mother Nature offers some other types of cannabinoids as well?

These types include:

  • Phytocannabinoids – these are the cannabinoids produced by plants.
  • Endocannabinoids – these cannabinoids are produced in the body of humans and animals.
  • Synthetic Cannabinoids – these cannabinoids are produced in laboratories.

The interesting fact is that cannabis is not the only plant that produces healing cannabinoids. Many other superfoods also produce this healing compound which nourishes the endocannabinoid system of our body.

In some plants, a compound is found which has similar properties of cannabinoids but a little different structurally. These compounds are known as cannabimimetic compounds.

The cannabinoids containing plants are not psychoactive as they don’t contain THC. Instead, these plants contain cannabinoids that have a friendly interaction with your endocannabinoid system, which helps in maintaining the homeostasis. In simpler words, these plants won’t get you high but help in relieving pain and stress.

Now, let’s have a look on some of the plants that contain cannabinoids.

Plants containing cannabinoids

In this article, we will discuss 9 plants (other than cannabis) that contain healing cannabinoids.

1. Cacao (botanical name: Theobroma cacao)

    Ever wondered why chocolate is being enjoyed by people of all ages around the world? Well, this is because chocolate is made up of cacao, which is rich in chemicals that trigger happiness in the brain. These chemicals include theobromine, anandamide, tryptophan, and phenylethylamine.

    Anandamide, an endocannabinoid, is abundantly present in cacao. This endocannabinoid is naturally produced in the brain and regulates the mood, pain perception, memory, and appetite. Other than mood enhancing, cacao has many other benefits as well. These benefits include neuroprotection (improves brain health), speeds up the healing process, and it even helps in fighting cancer.

    To absorb all the nutrients and health benefits of cacao, it is important to consume it in its raw and organic form. If you are eating milk chocolates and assuming that you will get all the benefits of cacao, they you are wrong. Addition of powdered milk to cacao inhibits the absorption of useful nutrients in the body.

    2. Helichrysum (botanical name: Helichrysum umbraculigerum)

    Helichrysum is usually used as a mood-stabilizer and an anti-depressant. It is rich in cannabigerol (CBG), which is a phytocannabinoid and is commonly found in the plant of cannabis.

    Scientists have found that this plant not only contains CBG, but it is also rich in cannabigerol acid-like compounds.

    CBG can be potentially be used as an antibiotic, chemotherapeutic agent, and an anti-depressant. Helichrysum umbraculigerum is the only plant discovered so far that contains CBG.

    In South Africa, people smoke this plant traditionally. This might be due to its tendency to release stress.

    3. Black Pepper (botanical name: Piper nigrum)

    Black pepper is always present in every kitchen. Whether you are using it to season your steak or using it in a recipe, this ingredients always deliver more than just providing a spicy aroma.

    An important compound present in black pepper is beta-caryophyllene (BCP). This compound is present in many plants and is known for its anti-inflammatory properties.

    Presence of BCP makes it suitable to ease the pain of osteoporosis and arthritis. Different studies also suggest that it helps in preventing cancer and enhances the effectiveness of cancer-fighting drugs.

    4. Kava (botanical name: Piper methysticum)

    The plant of kava is known for its anti-anxiety and calming effects. People of Pacific island used to make a drinking medicine with the roots of kava. This medicine is said to have pain relieving, provide sedative, and joyous effects.

    These effects of Kava are produced because of the presence of a compound known as kavalactones. A kavalactone binds with the CB1 receptor, which is also a binding site of THC. Scientists believe that this interaction is possibly the reason of anti-anxiety effects of the plant.

    5. Coneflower (botanical name: Echinacea)

      Coneflower is a well-known herb that has been used for centuries to treat cold and flu. Various studies show that it also helps in reducing the recuperation time, reducing anxiety, and fighting fatigue, migraines, and arthritis.

      Certain species of echinacea contain cannabinoids, which are called N-alkylamides (NAAs). This compound interacts with the CB2 receptor of the immune system. These receptors are responsible for strengthening your immune system, relieving pain, and regulating the inflammatory response.

      6. Rosemary

        Just like black pepper, rosemary is also rich in beta-caryophyllene (BCP). It is a terpene which acts just like a cannabinoid. Terpene is responsible for flavor and aroma in plants.

        Many studies have revealed that BCP has a therapeutic potential. It has also anti-anxiety and anti-depressant effects. When BCP is combined with a cannabinoid-like CBD, it helps in treating stomach ulcers and recovery from aid addiction.

        7. Black truffles (botanical name: Tuber melanosporum):

          As discussed earlier, cannabinoids produced by plants and animals are different. Those that are produced by plants are known as phytocannabinoids, whereas, endocannabinoids are produced by animals and humans. Although they are chemically similar, they do have some differences.

          Surprisingly, scientists have found that black truffles contain anandamide (AEA). It is also known as the bliss molecule, which is a version of THC produced within the human body.

          Anandamide is responsible for regulating mood and pain in the human body by binding to CB1 receptors.

          8. Electric daisy (botanical name: Acmella Oleracea)

            Electric Daisy is an Amazon native plant. People of Amazon region has been using it as a pain-numbing gel for centuries. It is also known as “the toothache plant”. A study held at the Cambridge University reveals that electric daisy blocks the pain receptors at the nerve end.

            The compound responsible for the pain-relief effect is N-isobutylamides. It binds with the CB2 receptor and helps in regulation of pain and inflammation throughout the body.  

            9. Liverwort (botanical name: Radula marginata)

            This plant is native to New Zealand. It contains a compound known as perrottetinenic acid,which is like THC in structure. Just like THC, it binds to the CB1 receptors of your immune system.

            This plant has been used traditionally to treat bronchitis, liver, bladder, and gallbladder problems.

            These are only a few plants that contain cannabinoid compounds which have a positive impact on the endocannabinoid system. Scientists are researching more on this topic to find out cannabinoids-like compounds naturally and use them for treating different medical conditions.

            References:

            https://www.cbdschool.com/cannabinoids-beyond-cannabis https://www.marijuana.com/news/2017/05/9-plants-that-contain-therapeutic-cannabinoids/
            https://www.marijuana.com/news/2017/05/9-plants-that-contain-therapeutic-cannabinoids/
            https://www.davidwolfe.com/non-marijuana-plants-contain-cannabinoids/

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