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We know that the marijuana plant has all kinds of medicinal benefits to offer us, but how much do we know about the flower itself? In this article, we’re breaking down the cannabis plant, piece by piece, to familiarize ourselves with the terms! While it’s not necessarily important for the average user to know these terms, it sure is interesting!

Breaking Down the Cannabis Plant

Cannabis plants can be male, female, or even hermaphrodite, but the flower we use is always female. The male plants exist simply to fertilize the female plants. Hermaphrodite plants can technically do both, but they’re not nearly as helpful or easy to work with, for that matter. I think it’s safe to say that just about any adult can recognize the marijuana flower. Cannabis grows on long, skinny stems, with those iconic flowers extending out from the nodes.

Cola

The Cola refers to the cluster of tightly grown buds. Smaller Cola can be found along the lower branches, however the main Cola will be found at the very top of the plant.

Pistil and Stigma

The reproductive parts of the plant reside in what we call the Pistil. Stigma are the vibrant, hair-like strands of the Pistil. As the flower matures, the stigmas change color, going from white to yellow, orange, red and eventually brown. While the Stigma plays an important role in the reproductive process, they don’t affect the potency or taste of the bud.

Bract and Calyx

The layer surrounding the female reproductive parts is called the Bract. Perhaps the most important part, these green, tear-shaped leaves are heavily covered in resin glands. These glands contain the highest percentage of cannabinoids out of all of the different plant parts. Cannabinoids, of course, are the crucial therapeutic elements of the plant, including THC and CBD.

Inside of the Bract is the Calyx, which is the translucent layer that covers the ovule at the base of the flower.

Trichomes

Although they are extremely tiny, you will notice a layer of crystals on the cannabis bud. This crystal resin (referred to as Kief, when dry,) is secreted through transparent, mushroom-shaped glands. These glands are found on the leaves, stems, and Calyxes. Trichomes are clear, bulbous globes that primarily exist to protect the plant. With that being said, they also are responsible for secreting an extremely important element, called Terpenes. These are the aromatic oils that play a massive role in not only smell, but medicinal effect, as well. Along with Bract, Trichomes also contain a significant amount of cannabinoids.

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This all-natural healing plant is just incredible, isn’t it? While it’s not entirely crucial for you to know these terms, it can help you better understand the lingo when you’re at the dispensary!

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By now, we are all well aware that marijuana has the potential to treat a vast array of illnesses and symptoms. Often times, when we think about medical marijuana, THC and CBD come to mind. While it is true that many of the medical properties of cannabis stem from these two main compounds, they are not the only two found in the plant. There are over 100 other beneficial compounds in Marijuana, albeit in much smaller quantities when compared to THC and CBD. While they are not as prevalent, they still have a huge impact on how THC and CBD affect us.

First, we’re going to examine the medical properties of THC and CBD, and then we will look at some of the lesser known cannabinoids to better understand how medical marijuana can help us!

The Two Most Well-Known Cannabinoids

THC

This compound is the most well-known component of marijuana. It’s most notable effect is the mid-altering, euphoric feeling that it can provide to the user. This compound:

  • Relieves pain
  • Reduces nausea and vomiting
  • Inhibits cell growth in tumors and cancer cells
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Suppresses muscle spasms
  • Stimulates appetite
  • Protects against Sleep Apnea
  • Fights depression
  • Reduces pressure in the eye associated with Glaucoma.

CBD

This compound is the main reason why cannabis is such an effective medical treatment. CBD continues to prove its worth, as studies continue. It can:

  • Relieves pain
  • Kills or slows bacterial growth
  • Reduces nausea and vomiting
  • Treats Psoriasis
  • Reduces blood sugar levels
  • Reduces seizures and convulsions
  • Manages psychosis
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Reduces risk of artery blockage
  • Decreases blood pressure
  • Inhibits cell growth in tumors and cancer cells
  • Suppresses muscle spasms
  • Relieves Anxiety
  • Promotes bone growth
  • Reduces function in the immune system (helpful for autoimmune diseases)
  • Decreases contractions in the small intestine (helpful for GI disorders)
  • Protects against nervous system degeneration
  • Fights anxiety and depression
  • Minimizes organ rejection

Important Cannabinoids You’ve (Probably) Never Heard of

While these are found in much smaller concentration in the marijuana plant, they can have a huge effect on health benefits and the way that THC and CBD affect us. For instance, CBC, CBG and CBN can lessen the effects of THC while aiding the benefits of CBD. THCV also has the opposite effect of THC, when it comes to appetite.

THCV

  • Suppresses appetite and aids in weight loss
  • Reduces seizures and convulsions

CBC

  • Relieves pain
  • Treats fungal infection
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Inhibits cell growth in tumors and cancer cells
  • Promotes bone growth
  • Increases blood pressure (vasoconstriction)

CBG

  • Kills or slows bacterial growth
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Inhibits cell growth in tumors and cancer cells
  • Promotes bone growth

CBN

  • Relieves pain
  • Acts as a sleep aid
  • Suppresses muscle spasms

Why are These Important?

Three words: Whole Plant Therapy. This is the form of medical treatment that uses the entire plant, as it is believed to have a stronger effect when all of the cannabinoids work together. You can learn more about it, HERE.

Many products on the market are THC isolates or CBD isolates, meaning the compounds have been extracted to be on their own. While these isolates can be effective, whole plant therapy may be even more beneficial. The bottom line is, the medical properties of cannabis are vast, and will continue to grow as research progresses.

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As we have seen, medical marijuana has proven itself to be an effective treatment for dozens of different illnesses on many occasions. The specific chemical makeup of the marijuana plant is what makes it such an incredible medicine.

Cannabis contains components called cannabinoids, specifically THC and CBD. While these two things are mainly responsible for the healing benefits of cannabis, there are a few other key parts to the marijuana flower. The role of terpenes in medical marijuana is more significant than you may think.

What are Terpenes?

Terpenes are aromatic oils that are secreted by the same glands that produce THC and CBD. They are not only found in cannabis, but many other plants, fruits and flowers, as well. If you’ve ever smelled an orange peel or a rose, than you’ve smelled terpenes. There are over 100 different terpenes in the cannabis plant, but they do more that just give marijuana it’s classic smell.

Why are they so Important?

Terpenes play a vital role in differentiating the effects of various marijuana strains. In fact, they work synergistically with other cannabinoids (mainly THC and CBD) to produce a wide array of effects. Terpenes bind to the same receptors in your body as THC and CBD.

The interesting thing is that in the presence of other cannabinoids, the effect of a specific terpene may change. For example a terpene can be relaxing in the presence of one cannabinoid, but energizing in the presence of another. This means that there is the potential for a plethora of added medical benefits, due to the essentially unlimited combinations of synergistic effects. This is particularly important for growers as they will be able to cultivate more strains to treat symptoms more effectively.

Main Terpenes

Myrcene

Aroma: Musky & Earthy

Vaporizes at: 322 Degrees Fahrenheit

Potential Effects: Sedating & Relaxing

Potential Benefits: Anti-oxidant, Anti-carcinogenic, Anti-Inflammatory, Pain Relief, Muscle Relaxant, Sleep Aid

Limonene

Aroma: Citrus & Lemon

Vaporizes at: 348 Degrees Fahrenheit

Potential Effects: Stress Reliever & a Mood Booster

Potential Benefits: Anti-anxiety, Anti-cancer, Anti-depressant, Anti-fungal, Gastroprotective, Relieves Heartburn.

Pinene

Aroma: Pine

Vaporizes at: 311 Degrees Fahrenheit

Potential Effects: Promotes Creativity, Alertness, Memory Retention, a Sense of Euphoria and Counteracts Some Effects of THC.

Potential Benefits: Anti-inflammatory, Antiseptic, Treats Asthma

Linalool

Aroma: Floral & Sweet

Vaporizes at: 388 Degrees Fahrenheit

Potential Effects: Calming, Relaxing, Sedating, & Mood Enhancing

Potential Benefits: Anti-anxiety, Anti-convulsant, Anti-depressant, Anti-acne, Sleep Aid and Slows Neurodegeneration

Caryophyllene

Aroma: Woodsy & Spicy

Vaporizes at: 266 Degrees Fahrenheit

Potential Effects: Stress Relieving

Potential Benefits: Pain Reliever, Anti-Anxiety, Anti-Inflammation, Gastroprotective, Sleep Aid

Things to Keep in Mind

You may be wondering why we’ve included the boiling point of each of the terpenes listed above. Terpenes are highly effective, but can be severely damaged and lose their medical benefits, if overheated. For this reason, you must be very careful when smoking medical marijuana. In order to avoid burning the terpenes, choose a method of use that uses a low heat, like extracts and concentrates. Vaping is also a safe alternative, as you can usually set the heat to a specific degree.

Furthermore, the next time you’re in a dispensary, ask if you can smell a few of the different strains. The scents you’re drawn to may actually help treat your symptoms. In conclusion, the role of terpenes in medical marijuana is vital to its many potential medical benefits.

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Before we can go over the main benefits of CBD oil, we must first understand what it is in the first place. There are more than 100 cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. CBD stands for Cannabidiol, which is one of the most well-known cannabinoids, the most popular being Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, for short.

THC is known for offering many health benefits, especially it’s euphoric properties (the classic high-feeling). CBD offers many of the same benefits, without the psychoactive effects. This makes it safe and effective for people that require relief, but are not looking to experience a high.

Benefits of CBD Oil

Pain Relief

This is by far, one of the most popular effects of CBD oil. It has been shown to interact with the pain receptors in the brain to reduce inflammation and alleviate pain. An even greater benefit of CBD oil is that it doesn’t produce any of the nasty side effects that sometimes come along with opioids. People with all different illnesses experience relief with CBD oil. It’s often prescribed for people suffering from cancer, Multiple Sclerosis, gastrointestinal issues and many other diseases with painful symptoms.

Treats Anxiety

Many studies have shown that CBD oil doesn’t just treat physical symptoms, but also mental health conditions. CBD has the ability to decrease stress and anxiety which is extremely beneficial to those who are suffering from PTSD, panic disorder, depression and even just general anxiety. Due to the sedating properties of CBD oil, it can also be used as an effective natural sleep aid.

Fights Cancer

Initial research indicates that CBD oil may have the ability to slow or even stop tumor growth in colon cancer and even leukemia. It may also be able to slow the spread of cervical cancer. It’s important to note that no human trials have yet been conducted so we cannot say for sure that CBD oil cures cancer. It is extremely promising, however!

Contains Anti-Seizure Properties

CBD oil can be quite helpful to patients that suffer from seizures as a result of epilepsy. One study conducted showed a 40% decrease in the number of seizures a patient experienced. There has also been some evidence to show that CBD oil can treat tremors associated with Parkinson’s disease.

Reduce the Risk of Diabetes

A study was conducted on mice where one group was given CBD oil while the other group was not. 100% of the mice in the group that did not receive CBD oil tested positive for Diabetes while only 32% tested positive in the other group.

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This list is far from exhaustive. There are many more benefits of CBD oil than just these five alone. We’re not saying it’s magic, we’re just saying it’s pretty darn close! If you suffer from any of the illnesses or symptoms mentioned above, you should consider CBD oil for yourself.

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