What Exactly is Cannabis?

Cannabis has gotten a bad rap and a lot of press over the last few decades. Each one of us has our own opinions on the plant, but do we really know much about it other than what was taught to us?

First off,

Cannabis is a plant that originated from Central Asia. It is more famously known as

marijuana. It produces a resin that contains cannabinoids. Some of these compounds as psychoactive or in other words, they get you “high”.  Currently in the United States, it is a controlled substance and has been classified as a Schedule 1 agent (increased potential for abuse and no known medical use).

*Although the Government currently owns a patent on Cannabis : U.S. Patent 6,630,507 *

Cannabinoids are active chemicals that cause drug-like effects throughout the body as well as the central nervous system and the immune system. These in particular are called phytocannabinoids. The active cannabinoid is delta-9-THC. Cannabidiols, (another cannabinoid) may actually relieve pain and lower inflammation minus the “high” feeling.

Studies have suggested that they might also be helpful in treating side effects of cancer as well as cancer itself.

A few other possible effects are:

-blocking [certain] cell growth
-prevent the growth of blood vessels that supply tumors
-antiviral activity
-relieve pain and muscle spasms from multiple sclerosis

Does knowing a little more about the cannabis plant put your mind at ease? Has your opinion on it changed? Do you have more to add to my description? Let me know!

 

 

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