What is Cannabis

Cannabis, marijuana, pot, grass, reefer, ganja, weed, or flower are some of the many names for the same thing. There is a lot of information out there, but much more remains to be discovered about this highly varied plant. We here are Green Leaf try to be as helpful and informative as we can, but anyone seeking to know everything about cannabis has a long road ahead of them. To help in your informative journey, here are some resources to get your started.

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What is cannabis?2020-01-27T13:23:27-08:00
Cannabis is a naturally occurring plant. In its different genetic forms, it is scientifically called cannabis sativa, cannabis indica, and cannabis ruderalis. The plant has many naturally occurring varieties (called strains), and with modern breeding, the number of strains is only increasing. While not all parts of this plant are smoked on the consumer level, all parts of the plant are useable for different applications.
Where does cannabis come from?2020-01-27T13:24:48-08:00
The original cannabis strains (called landrace strains), came from many regions. Indica plants originated in Afghanistan/India, while sativa plants originated simultaneously in many equatorial countries. There is a less discussed plant variety called ruderalis that originated in Russia/Eastern Europe. While it is a distinct plant, ruderalis doesn’t create a distinct ‘high’ like indica and sativa do. Ruderalis plants have been used in some modern breeding, due to desirable growing characteristics, but you aren’t likely to see a strain advertised as being ruderalis in a recreational store.
What are cannabis strains?2020-01-27T13:25:33-08:00
Cannabis naturally occurs in distinct forms, and this has rapidly expanded with breeding. Each different iteration of cannabis is referred to as a strain. Cannabis consumption started with indica and sativa, but that changed with breeding. Cannabis now is more often available as a hybrid (meaning a combination of indica and sativa). There is a broad spectrum of strains now available, and the genetic nature of the plant is being frequently experimented with.
What is different about each strain?2020-01-27T13:26:51-08:00
The many different cannabis strains vary in user effect and morphology. Cannabis has different components, growing conditions, and aroma from strain to strain. Things like terpenes and cannabinoids will change due to both the genotype of a plant (what it is) and the phenotype of a plant (how it’s grown).
What are cannabinoids and terpenes?2020-01-27T13:28:01-08:00
Cannabinoids are, in the general sense, chemicals that interact with our bodies endocannabinoid system. In cannabis, a cannabinoid is a chemical product in the plant. Each cannabinoid level changes due to factors like genetics and growing conditions. People are most familiar with THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (Cannabidiol), but there are believed to be over 100 types of cannabinoids. Terpenes (often called terps) work to determine our experience with a strain. They exist in other plants, and they influence things like smell and taste in these plants. In the cannabis world, terps both influence how we experience a strain and how we perceive it. The list of terps is long, and not all affects are fully understood. In general, terps will determine the nuances of how we experience a ‘high’ and what the flower smells like. The counterpart to terpenes is flavonoids. Flavonoids are a less understood set of compounds. They work with terpenes to determine plant taste, and they influence plant color.
How does cannabis affect us?2020-01-27T13:28:59-08:00
Cannabis has a long list of chemical compounds. Different plant contents influence the ‘high’ and change the end experience. Cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids are the most influential aspects of cannabis. These fluctuations in chemical compounds are why cannabis can be so different in each strain. Cannabis works directly with our bodies endocannabinoid system, and it will affect all parts of the body through this system. Our body naturally has two dominant receptors for this, they are called CB1 and CB2. Because chemical levels change between strains, the end result is that the changes the body experiences are different between strains. It is important to remember that everyone has different body chemistry, and that strains will not affect everyone the same way.

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Caution: When eaten or swallowed the intoxicating effects of this drug may be delayed up to two or more hours.

Do not operate a vehicle or machinery under the influence of this drug.

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