Medical Cannabis 101
by Nishi Whiteley, Resource Director
Cannabis is a flowering plant. When cannabis is grown for medicine, the flowers (also known as buds) and leaves of the female plant are cured resulting in what we generally regard as cannabis, or the more commonly used pejorative term “marijuana”. Hemp and medicinal cannabis are in the same genus – cannabis, (cannabis sativa, cannabis indica, and hybrids), and both have psychoactive qualities. The difference is in breeding/growing methods – hemp is grown for its fiber, which is used to make clothing, rope, paper, etc., and medicinal cannabis is bred to have larger buds and more psychoactive compounds. Highly versatile, cannabis provides relief for many different ailments and symptoms with a high degree of safety.
The reasons that cannabis benefits so many different illnesses and ailments boils down to the fact that some of the active pharmacological components of the cannabis plant mimic an internal chemical harm reduction system in the human body that keeps our health in balance – the Endocannabinoid System (ECS).
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