What is Marijuana?

What is Marijuana?

Marijuana is a name used for the cannabis plant, which is grown and cultivated for endless uses.  Cannabis has been used in cultures and civilizations around the globe for thousands of years for medical, recreational and religious purposes.

Botanically speaking, the cannabis plant belongs to the cannabaceae family, which is a small group of flowering plants that can be divided into three categories; cannabis, hops(a major component of beer), and hackberries.

The cannabis plant can be grown indoors or outdoors, and it generally takes about 3-4 months to go from a seed to a finished product.  During the growing phase, plants reach the flowering stage, where the cannabis plant begins to truly develop and grow the usable “buds”.  These buds are harvested from the plant, allowed to dry and cure, and are then ready for use.

Marijuana contains about 400 naturally occurring chemicals, about 100 or so of these chemicals are specific to the cannabis plant, and are called cannabinoids.  According to scientists, each of these cannabinoids are different and offer different medical benefits.  The most famous cannabinoid is called THC(tetrahydrocannabinol).  THC is the compound accredited for providing marijuana users with a euphoric “high” feeling.

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