Thankfully, the backward days of “Reefer Madness” and “The Devil’s Weed” are long gone. We now know cannabis is a friendly flower. However, the effects of the decades-long demonization linger. At its core, cannabis prohibition did more than hurt harmless users. It also stifled medical research and muddled any chance at an accurate understanding of the plant.
The above illustrates why KopSun is beyond passionate about education.
Let’s start with the basics of the plant. Its components are often misunderstood, and it’s time to share the knowledge and utilize the power and potential of cannabis.
Californians voted in 2016 to approve Prop. 64, which legalized adult-use cannabis throughout the state. Medicinal cannabis has been legal in California since 1996. Adult-use cannabis is legal in 9 states and medicinal cannabis in 30. Federally, all cannabis, including hemp and CBD, are listed as Schedule 1 drugs, the same category as LSD and heroin.
That really needs to change!
In California, it’s now legal to grow up to 6 plants and possess an ounce of cannabis per adult over the age of 21. Adults can also purchase cannabis at licensed retail locations or have it delivered where permissible. CBD oils are available over-the-counter but often are derived from hemp plants grown outside of the United States.
Three state agencies oversee all facets of California’s cannabis industry, which may be the most regulated agricultural product in the world. Counties and municipalities were able to write their own local commercial cannabis rules, and many California counties barred the legal cannabis industry from operating.
- In botany, Cannabis Sativa L is the category under which both the hemp plant and marijuana or cannabis plant is classified.
- Lowercase “cannabis” is used to describe the plant that produces the familiar resinous flowers and the products derived from the plant. Only female cannabis plants produce flowers (buds).
This Cannabis Sativa L plant was formerly prolific in the United States and grown for dozens of industrial uses. Its fibers have a greater strength-to-weight ratio than steel. Hemp products are legal to possess in the US but can only be cultivated for research. Most hemp-derived products, from seeds, to clothes, to CBD oils, are sourced abroad. Hemp has less than 0.3 percent THC and is ideal for CBD production.
The plant and buds used for medicinal and psychotropic purposes can be called marijuana. Many in the newly legal industry choose to call it cannabis because marijuana picked up negative connotations in the “Reefer Madness” days of stigmatizing the plant. Only the female plants flower. The male plants pollinate flowers, but most cultivators deal only in female strains that don’t produce seeds. Mothers are used to produce clones.
A cannabinoid is any of the 113 chemical compounds derived from cannabis plants that activate receptors in the cell membrane. THC and CBD are the two stars. They are most commonly discussed for their recreational and medicinal qualities.
The most well known cannabinoid, THC (aka tetrahydrocannabinol) is psychotropic. It gets you high. It’s also known for treating nausea, pain, anxiety, and aiding sleep. There’s virtually no THC in hemp.
CBD (aka Cannabidiol) is a cannabinoid that has proven to be mighty useful and doesn’t get you high. More and more studies have shown tremendous benefits from CBD for conditions like epilepsy and multiple sclerosis. Certain cannabis strains have been developed to contain more CBD than THC. In California, product labels list the percentage of each.
KopSun stands for trust. Many women gravitate toward the gentle wellness provided by Cannabidiol (CBD). Many opt for the warm embrace of a calming THC experience. Cannabis is now legal in California with many choices for both therapeutic and recreational purposes— sometimes there’s not really a difference. Enjoy!
CBD has become the queen of cannabinoids, compounds that interact with cannabinoid receptors in cells. Unlike its sister, THC, CBD does not get you high. The body makes cannabinoids naturally, yet over 100 unique cannabinoids, including CBD, have been isolated from the cannabis plant. Hemp produces high levels of CBD and only trace amounts of THC.
The number of ailments treated by CBD is astounding. Even the federal government has moved to approve CBD, which was once eschewed as a Schedule 1 drug, to treat epilepsy. This remarkable compound is used to treat pain, nausea and anxiety or even shrink tumors in some types of cancers. As an alternative to many pharmaceuticals like opioids, CBD poses very little risk but offers the potential for great rewards.
Ailments treated by CBD
Irritable Bowel Syndrome