CBD consumption has become a trend in recent years. While researchers have become interested in the medicinal application of this cannabinoid, users have taken a liking to cannabidiol as an alternative to THC.
WHAT ARE CANNABINOIDS AND WHY DO PEOPLE SMOKE THEM?
Cannabidiol is one of more than one hundred cannabinoids found in the endocannabinoid system of the human body, as well is in variants of the cannabis herb.
Another example, Tetrahydrocannabinol is more notorious and have single-handedly secured cannabis’s bad reputation. This is due to the drug’s psychoactive effects on the body when ingested. Nonetheless, it has been very popular as a recreational drug for many centuries and remains so today.
THC VS CBD
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Marijuana smokers burn florescence and leaves, so as to exploit the inherent THC in the mix. This cannabinoid triggers euphoria, in addition to a whole-body high. Devotees also admit to feeling more energetic and inspired when under the influence of the drug.
When smoking the herb, the intrinsic active components enable the release of dopamine. This leads to an increased heart rate, elevated blood pressure and physiological changes in the ECS.
Casual users report red eyes, a loss of functionality as well as an increased appetite among the side effects. Others, after smoking weed over a prolonged period of time, have attested to increased paranoia, bipolar tendencies, and in some cases, hallucinations. For this reason, many veteran consumers are turning to CBD as a more wholesome alternative.
CBD is believed to be a gentler cannabinoid with a seemingly unending list of therapeutic applications. The practical ingredients are derived from Cannabis Sativa by means of a complicated biochemical method called carboxylation.
The resultant extricate is administered by means of a variety of goods such as joints, isolate oils, tinctures and gummies. Merchandise exhibit less that 0.3% of THC and render the consumer relaxed while still being able to function optimally. Curious cats can check this out to find out about produce available.
Growing cannabis is not as easy as it is purported to be.
Cannabis plants can be male, female or even hermaphroditic. However, in order to harvest a commercially viable, cannabinoid rich crop, only unpollinated female plants are cultivated. The challenge is to prevent pollination and the production of seeds.
How do I Differentiate Between Male and Female Plants?
The female plant is recognized by locating hairlike structures called pistils, at the juncture of the main stem and the branches of the shrub. Finding evidence of pollen sacks instead, is wholly indicative of a male specimen.
Male or hermaphroditic samplings should be removed from a hemp site in order to ensure the integrity of the herbarium.
Popular Hemp Cultivars
Growers choose from a diverse range of cannabis plant cultivars to suit their needs and the preferences of their customers.
Strains such as GMO and Dutch Treat, promise a THC concentrate of over twenty-two percent to a low (<0.2%) CBD content. Pennywise yields an even 9.4% to 9.3% ratio, while ACDC, Soul Tsunami and Stephen Hawking strains favor CBD.
The first step to cultivating a successful cannabis crop is to source healthy seeds.
Immature seeds are green whereas mature examples have a rich, dark brown color and present a vital luster when exposed to light. Seeds should be firm under slight pressure and should not break when squeezed.
When the seed germinates, the central taproot appears. This root is responsible for affording structural stability and delivering nutrients and water from the soil once established. Recent research also suggests that the taproot cooperates with useful bacteria in the soil to further enhance the growth of the plant.
Lateral roots develop next with smaller root hairs following shortly thereafter. The young seedling is transferred into the soil medium and soon, small green leaves called cotyledons emerge from the soil. These little appendages will break off as the plant matures.
As the herb grows, the stem grows thick and vertically upright. However, this arrangement is not beneficial to optimal light exposure and the production of an excess of cannabinoids. So, growers manipulate the plant by topping or stress training it into bending towards the light.
Anatomy of Branches, Leaves and Florescence
The junction where branches of the cannabis plants are connected to the main stem, is called a node. The spaces in between (internodes), house the evidence of the plant’s sex in the arrival of pre-flowers.
The calyx and bract on flowers are said to protect the female productive ovules and also comprise a dense layer of trichomes on the surface. Florescence is reaped when the nearby pistils complete the final color change from yellow to amber. The highest concentration of cannabinoids can be found in dense flower clusters, known as colas, on the plant. The distinctive aroma and taste of weed also originate here.
The fan leaves on hemp are characteristically thin and pointy and easily identified. They convert light into carbon dioxide but has an unremarkable cannabinoid content.
The sugar leaves are smaller and house cannabinoid-rich trichomes. Trichomes appear translucent at first but grow milky-white as they age. THC potency is believed to be at its highest at his point.
Sometimes a smidge of weed is all you need. So, whether your preference is full spectrum or CBD, light up and enjoy.