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Cannabis Facts: A Beginners Guide to Cannabis

09/09/2022

New to cannabis and looking for some entry-level information? Let’s get our cannabis facts straight! With weed now legal increasingly across the globe, more and more people are curious to research and sample the powerful plant. But it can be easy to get overwhelmed by the wealth of detailed information out there on the internet. So we’re here to help! We’ve put together a list of key facts, all cannabis-related. Let’s dig in and demystify the magic little flower. 

Five Most Interesting Cannabis Facts

  • Cannabis Fact #1: Only female cannabis plants get you high.

Only female cannabis plants can produce the strong THC buds that get you high. Male cannabis plants will only produce small amounts of THC and do not have any buds whatsoever. 

Cannabis farmers choose to cultivate female plants because of their flowers that can be harvested for their famous effects. The bud, or flower, contains high levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the psychoactive compound in cannabis responsible for the “high” effect. Sometimes you can’t tell from the seeds which will be male or female. Cannabis farmers try to remove all male plants before they release pollen, or else they will pollinate the females causing them to flower too soon, which ruins the crop. 

  • Cannabis Fact #2: Cannabis is ancient. 

Cannabis has a rather colourful and long history for humanity! Hemp, the part of the cannabis plant that can be made into rope and fibers (but doesn’t get you high,) is one of the very original human crops. Some of the earliest traces of weed are found in Japan dating back to 8000 BC

The current earliest documented case of cannabis being used for therapeutic reasons dates back to 2800 BC, when it was listed in the Emperor Shen Nung’s (the father of Chinese medicine) pharmacopeia. Therapeutic recommendations of cannabis are likewise mentioned in the texts of the Indian Hindus, Assyrians, Greeks and Romans. The Ebers Papyrus, one of the oldest and most important medical papyri of ancient Egypt, recommended weed for a variety of cases and was written in about 1550 BC. All of these texts of differing origins suggested cannabis to treat a vast array of different health problems, including arthritis, depression, inflammation, cramps, pain, lack of appetite and asthma.

  • Cannabis Fact #3: Cannabis can kill cancer cells. 

Cannabis and its associated cannabinoids help treat cancer symptoms and side effects of cancer therapies, according to a report from the U.S. National Cancer Institute. According to the report, cannabis has proven helpful to control nausea and vomiting, as well as stimulating appetite and controlling pain for cancer patients. 

In another study, published in 2016 by Current Oncology, it appears that cannabis does more than address the side effects of cancer and its treatments; cannabis might kill the cancer cells themselves. In the study, researchers discuss a large body of evidence that indicates cannabinoids from the cannabis plant can shrink cancerous tumor growth.

While these findings are certainly promising, cannabis is not yet an FDA-approved cancer treatment due to the lack of studies that illustrate its effectiveness as a cancer-fighter. While the findings are promising, hopefully the less stigmatized the plant becomes, the more research can be conducted without heavy red-tape. 

(See more here: 

https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/treatment/cam/patient/cannabis-pdq

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/303465776_The_Use_of_Medical_Marijuana_in_Cancer)

  • Cannabis Fact #4: Weed’s main active ingredient, THC, is just one of hundreds of the plant’s natural chemicals. 

The primary active ingredient in cannabis is THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol). It is this cannabinoid that binds with neurotransmitters in the brain to produce weed’s mind-altering effects. Research has found that the cannabis plant produces between 80 and 100 cannabinoids and about 300 non-cannabinoid chemicals. 

Not sure what exactly “cannabinoid” means? Cannabinoids are chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant that, when properly ingested, join the cannabinoid receptors of the body and brain to produce the famous “weed high” feeling. The interesting thing about the cannabinoid “THC” and the rest of the chemical compounds of cannabis is the way in which your mind and body work with these complex systems, providing such feelings as relaxation, euphoria, or a dream-like state. As more research is conducted, we continue to learn more about the magic and science of how weed interacts with the human body and mind. 

  • Cannabis Fact #5: Cannabis has hundreds of varieties and thousands of names. 

Cannabis has countless different names, including more than 1,200 slang terms, and more than 2,300 names for individual strains. Additionally, there are many names to describe the state of being under the influence of the substance. 

New strains of cannabis are being created all the time, which happens when a cultivator breeds a new type by cross pollinating two different parent strains. While it’s difficult to determine the exact number of cannabis strains that exist today, most professionals and experts agree there are at least 770 different cannabis strains today

Of the 1,200 slang names, some of the most popular include: weed, ganja, pot, reefer, grass, dope, Mary Jane, broccoli, skunk, chronic, flower, joystick, green goddess, and our personal favourite, devil’s lettuce. 

Takeaway

We hope these five interesting facts about cannabis have left you sufficiently excited to enter the ever-growing world of weed. If you’d like to learn more about cannabis, we offer an awesome selection of products. Contact one of our Tier 1 representatives today to help you select the best product for you! 

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