The More You Know
Besides being revered as the active ingredient in cannabis that makes us feel joyfully enlightened, THC is a complex chemical compound called tetrahydrocannabinol. It’s the sticky, resinous mixture that is released from the “epidermal hairs” on cannabis buds known as glandular trichomes.
Yes and no. In a nutshell, hemp can be any plant that provides fibrous materials able to be cultivated in used for manufacturing medicines, textiles, paper, construction materials, biodegradable plastics and more. More specifically, hemp refers to durable, soft fibrous materials that are cultivated from a variety of plants belonging to the Cannabis genus. Cannabis sativa (cannabis) plants produce the finest and strongest fibrous materials, although they produce THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) as well. THC is the chemical compound in cannabis that exhibits powerful medicinal qualities useful for naturally treating a variety of health maladies. The non-THC components of the cannabis plant (roots, seeds, stalks and stems) are hemp while the THC-producing leaves and flowers (buds) are used for their safe psychoactive medicinal qualities. While hemp is generally characterized by having 0.3% THC, cannabis can contain anywhere from 4 to 20%.
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a complex cell-signaling system identified in the early 1990s by researchers exploring THC, a well-known cannabinoid. Cannabinoids are compounds found in cannabis.
Experts are still trying to fully understand the ECS. But so far, we know it plays role in regulating a range of functions and processes, including:
- reproduction & fertility
The ECS exists and is active in your body even if you don’t use cannabis.