A Brief History Of The Cannabis Plants
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The cannabis plants have a history that dates back over 10,000 years and is thought to be one of the first crops grown when farming began. The first recorded recreational use of cannabis was in 2373 B.C.E in China when Emperor Shen Nung, who is said to have spoken about it’s ability to heal malaria, gout, rheumatism, and absent-mindedness.
Cannabis is the botanical name for the Cannabis and Hemp plants, which belong to the genus of flowering plants known as ‘Cannabaceae’.
The non-psychoactive variety of cannabis plants is called hemp or industrial hemp which is grown in the UK specifically for industrial or medicinal use. Hemp is among the fastest growing plants on this planet and can be used to make a wide range of products including clothing, rope and building materials.
The hemp planet is legally defined as a plant that contains less than 0.3% THC content, while the cannabis plant can contain over 0.3% THC.
The Difference Between Cannabis & Hemp
Cannabis is the common term used to describe high THC content plants, whereas Hemp is used when referring to low THC and high CBD content plants.
The cannabis plant contains the psychoactive compound THC in high quantities and comes in a wide range of strains. The cannabis plant is highly sort after due to its health benefits and high THC levels, which have been proven to aid with health conditions.
There are three types of cannabis plants known as: Sativa, Indica and Ruderalis
Sativa, Indica and Ruderalis
This subspecies characteristics are visually different from each other:
- Indica dominant strains are short plants with broad, dark green leaves and have higher cannabidiol content than the
- Sativa dominant strains are taller plants in which THC content is higher
- Ruderalis strains have a lower THC content and are not often grown for industrial or medicinal purposes
The Sativa Cannabis Plants
The Sativa strains usually have a lower THC content than indica strains are generally stimulating, uplifting, and are often classed as a “head” high. This strain is said to be good for the following conditions:
- Creativity and Motivation
- Relief From Anxiety Enhanced Mood & Increased Energy
- Improves Appetite
- Helps Alleviate the Symptoms of Depression
The Indica Cannabis Plants
The indica strains usually have a high THC content that Sativa strains and create a relaxed, sedative effect described as a “body” high. This strain is said to be good for the following conditions:
- Muscle Relaxer
- Relief From Anxiety & Panic Attacks
The Ruderalis Cannabis Plants
Ruderalis strain of cannabis stands apart due to its growth characteristics and signature effects. Ruderalis, is a low-THC variety or subspecies. Ruderalis is the smallest of all cannabis types, it is a stocky little plant that has thick stems and broad leaves. It can survive and thrive in harsh environments, such as those that have been disturbed by development or natural disasters.
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