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What is Cannabis: Everything You Need to Know about the Plant

The world is so overwhelmed with the current status of the Marijuana Industry. Those who support this Industry are so blessed and continues to raise their wealth year after year. Those who suppress this field is struggling to find its concrete ground just to stress the evil side of every Cannabis strains and the people behind it.

As the world gets more curious and intriguing with it, let’s take a look with what the Cannabis Industry can offer to the rest of this modern world.

The Cannabis World

Cannabis is a part of a bigger Plant Family Cannabaceae. The plant is known to help the world shape its history with its extensive properties for Industrial, Medicinal and Recreational Usage then and now.

Primarily, this plant is divided into three major types- Cannabis Sativa, Cannabis Indica and Cannabis Ruderalis. These 3 strains revolutionized the human history through their remarkable and immeasurable contributions- whether good or bad- in our epoch that shaped our past and define our future.

Most of the people belittle and stigmatized these herbs as reckless, evil-bearer, and dull, but little do they know, the Ancient Empires will not prosper because of their silent growth in the meadows, parcels of tundra, mountain ranges, even in river deltas and plateaus.

Besides, these plants are extensively known to heal sicknesses of different people, regardless of the depth and damage that the illness has been done with the user’s mental, physiological and emotional health.

Cannabis Sativa

Cannabis Sativa is the tallest of the three strains that ever existed in our time. It originated in the Indochina Region (present Southeast Asian countries of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Myanmar, and Vietnam), Islands of Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines. 

This strain is known to contain the strongest terpene element that we can see in a Marijuana plant- the Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC. It all boils down to the plant’s nature and structure.

  1. Its Basic Information

Sativa’s origin has these two dominant climate and season- the wet and dry seasons, with warm and cool climates. In Indochina, the dry season (or better known as Summer) is forever fixed in their time, not interchanging with their wet season (or better known as Rainy). There are no Spring, Fall and Winter seasons in their area, thus allowing the plants to grow robustly with consistent nutrients and sunlight they receive from time to time.

Though there are relatively high mountains in the region, with the place seating near the equator, one must remember that ice caps nor winter winds may dominate here, even for days.

It is a tall and thin plant containing slender and long leaves with shades of dark to light green. The buds and flowers are often covered with thick, white or yellowish resinous coats called trichomes. Even from afar, this covering is noticeable because of the special color it has, not blending with the greeneries the plants have.

From the coating comes the high volume of concentrated terpene that has a strong presence of THC- the most sought-after chemical by the present users.

  1. How the Ancients and Modern People Use

Records show that Cannabis Sativa was primarily used for energy drinks or concoctions that detoxify a human’s body. In Ancient China, Cannabis Sativa is known to treat body pains and gives a rejuvenating condition. The same applies to the Indochina where Rival Kingdoms are known to consistent involvement with battles and wars.

Due to the important chemical content it has, Sativa strains are more used for medical and recreational purposes. Though it is now prohibited for industrial productions, Sativa plants are gaining recognition in the world of medicine and lifestyle.

The THC it has brings treatment for the people who experience many psychological and physiological problems that hamper their daily activities. In effect, they experience healing and rejuvenation with some side effects that are far from life-threatening situations.

Cannabis Indica

The second Marijuana strain is Cannabis Indica. Its origin seats some hundred miles away from the Sativa regions. Cannabis Indica came from the Sub-Indian Continent (India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives) and extends north to Afghan and Highlands of Chinese Tibet. 

Contrary to Sativa, Indica plants bring true relaxation and with this true relaxation, we mean literal rest and sleep, as you slam to tons of pillows, inducing you to sleep like a log, in the midst of a hustling week in the office or at school.

It’s most prized terpene chemical? Cannabidiol or CBD.

  1. Basic Information

Cannabis Indica came from the highlands of this sub-continent and these lands are literally high that snows pour down to cap its mountains, especially in Nepal and Bhutan where the Mt. Everest is resting.

Though in general, the climate in India may be similar to Indochina, the mountainous ranges have distinctive seasons just like the European Countries. With this setting, the plant is comfortable to grow in places where colder climates and shorter seasons prevail.

The oxygen supply in the highlands is thinner than those lying in the low-lying areas. Aside from this, the cool air is dominating the mountain ranges, causing harmful destruction to the plants and trees attempting to grow tall in the said areas.

Due to the geographical setting its origin has, an Indica strain matures slowly and grows with the short height of 2 to 4 feet on the average. The plant produces thick and wide leaves with its buds and flowers tightly packed in the middle of the plant.

Consider the defense mechanism of penguins during a winter storm in Antarctica Its their compact formation that keeps them alive. The same applies to the Indica plants, to keep their seeds alive. The buds and flowers where they store their seeds are thickly covered with the resins that create CBD.

The plant’s vegetative cycle ranges from 8 to 10 weeks or 56 to 70 days. Some strains may have longer vegetation cycles, as reported by some growers. It consumes lesser oxygen rates than its major counterpart. Mountain ranges have a thinner oxygen supply, and these plants need to adapt to the scarcity in the area.

  1. How the Ancients and Modern People Use

This plant is known to produce a calming sensation when used as a tea during the earlier times. In Indian Empires, the best Indica strains are only limited to the royalties and wealthy people of the society, especially during their Caste System.

Due to the important chemical content it has, Indica strains are more used for medical and recreational purposes. Though it is now prohibited for industrial productions, Indica plants are gaining recognition in the world of medicine and lifestyle.

The CBD it brings is given for the people who experience many psychological and physiological problems that hamper their daily activities. In effect, they experience a sleepy and relaxing healing with some side effects that are far from life-threatening situations.

Cannabis Ruderalis

These plants are originally cultivated in parts of Asia near to Central and Eastern Europe (the former Soviet Union). They have managed to survive harsh growing seasons with extreme climates. This plant was first studied in 1924. 

  1. Its Basic Information

The Latin term ruderalis means rubbles or lumps of bronze. This means that Cannabis Ruderalis grow and occupy on lands where previous living organisms, particularly other plants, were absolutely voided out because of a major disturbance.

Due to the harsh environment it lives, these plants live with shorter vegetation cycles and flower automatically, unlike the earlier two types of Marijuana that need time to pause before flowering.

Their height naturally ranges from 1 to 3 feet tall and has thick and sturdy stems. Their leaves contain lesser fingers, has lighter green and relatively smaller compared to Indica strains.

Ruderalis’ vegetation cycle averages from 21 to 30 days, with some reports saying up to 40 days, depending on the plant’s variation. Ruderalis does not have a flowering cycle at all and this is because they automatically flower right after their maturation or if the right time comes earlier than expected.

  1. How the Ancients and Modern People Use

There are no existing data on how did the Ancient people used Ruderalis. However, they believe that these plants experienced the same process with the other 2 strains. But due to the place where it grows, the villagers may the only people who have used it before.

This Marijuana Strain has the least THC volumes among the three. Because of their lower THC volume, these plants have lesser effects on the users, though they may experience the same benefits with Sativa strains. The side effects of Ruderalis strains is the same with Sativa strains or none at all, because of the lower content they have.

Despite the lower THC content, these plants rose to prominence because of their Autoflowering capabilities. They are often mixed with Indica and Sativa strains to produce Autoflowering seeds, harboring quicker and faster harvesting for growers with the same period to Indica and Sativa plants.