About Cannabis & Hemp
What are Cannabis & Hemp?
Hemp & Cannabis have been cultivated and used in India and the Far East for 5,000 years. Originally, landrace strains in Thailand, Jamaica, Mexico and Afghanistan contained nearly equal parts of CBD and THC.
Over the past 40 years, Cannabis strains were bred to have higher and higher amounts of THC for the high-inducing effect. Since CBD can mitigate the high-producing effect of the THC, it was almost bred out entirely. Beginning in 2010, CBD began to be recognized as medically beneficial.
CBD, along with the many other cannabinoids and terpenes present in the plant, balances the Endocannabinoid System of the body. Some researchers are claiming that this is the greatest medical discovery of the 21st century. THC, the psychoactive compound in Cannabis, can also be helpful in healing different medical conditions.
Broad spectrum products preserve many of the cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids that are invaluable in the entourage effect. Research and patient experience is showing better results in many cases from broad spectrum products than the use of either CBD or THC isolates. An orchestra or symphony has a more complete sound than a single instrument.
"The principle advantage of herbs is their complexity. Medicinal plants contain a wide array of chemical compounds, which gives them versatile therapeutic powers. For example, for Andean Indians, whole coca leaf is the number one medicinal plant. They use it to treat gastrointestinal disturbances; specifically, for both diarrhea and constipation. Its ability to treat two opposite disease states springs from the fact that coca contains 14 bioactive alkaloids, some of which stimulate the gut, while others inhibit gut activity. When the whole mixture enters the body, receptors in the gut’s tissues bind to the alkaloids that are needed for the body to return it to equilibrium." Andrew Weil, M.D.
Cannabis is known for its ability to bring the body into homeostasis in a similar way, interacting with our endocannabinoid system.
Cannabis Plant Components
Cannabis and humans share thousands of years of history. This single species has thousands of varieties and strains.
In the cannabis plant not only cannabinoids are found, there are also other important components, such as terpenes and flavonoids.
Terpenes are responsible for the odor of the plant, but they also have therapeutic properties.
Flavonoids are the brightly colored chemical components that protect the plant from the sun and attract insects for pollination.