A Journal of Cannabis and Culture

Elements of Cannabis

Elements of Cannabis

A mini master class in the anatomy of cannabis.

The five elements displayed in this wheel all fall under the broader genus of Cannabis, a complex family of flowering plants recognized for healing properties since at least 4000 BC, when Chinese emperors deemed it an essential form of herbal medicine.

Sativa

Properties: Energizing, euphoric, focused, wakeful, delighted, optimistic. Uses: Reduces the noise of everyday life and promotes big-picture thinking. For instance: Watch a movie to tune into the visual, notice artistic details. Plant-wise: Very tall with narrow leaves, prefers warmer climates with longer flowering cycles. Historical Note: Archaeological evidence dates use of Cannabis Sativa, or the "Hemp Plant," throughout early Chinese dynasties in the form of hemp rope, cloth, and paper. Its first known medical use appears in a Chinese Medicine treatise penned circa 2700 BC.

Indica

Properties: Sedating, relaxing, calming, intentionally mellow, quiet, peaceful. Uses: Quiets the mind for downtime and promotes deep, restful sleep. For instance: Watch a movie to wind down at the end of a day, drift off easily. Plant-wise: Short and stalky with broad leaves, prefers colder climates with shorter flowering cycles.

Hybrid

Properties : Indica x Sativa intersection. Uses: Allows individuals to find strains tailored to their own specific needs and body chemistry. For instance: Most strains are hybrids. Just like most people aren’t one thing—and we all incorporate different elements from our environments and experiences over time—the variations of cannabis are nearly endless. Plant-wise: Cultivators and scientists play around with hybridizing different strains to create new and different effects and properties, not unlike one might with heirloom tomatoes.

THC

Properties: Stimulating, creative, inspiring, soothing, healing, “high,” psychoactive. Uses: Lessens inhibitions and inspires associative, conceptual thinking. In combination with CBD, relieves pain. Combats seizures by controlling the brain cells responsible for excitement. For instance: Studies demonstrate that THC is an effective treatment for neuropathic pain, without the habit-forming properties of opioids. Plant-wise: A chemical compound, THC, like CBD, is produced by the cannabis plant to protect its own health and prevent disease.

CBD

Properties : Healing , soothing, calming, healthful, non-psychoactive. Uses: Relieves pain and reduces stress and anxiety, takes “the edge” off. For instance: CBD is a wellness wonder. Take CBD drops under the tongue for anti-inflammation benefits. Apply CBD/THC pain-relief patches for instant, plant-based relief. Or add a CBD beauty oil to your skincare regime for a noticeable glow. Plant-wise: Like its counterpart THC, CBD is a cannabinoid produced by the cannabis plant to protect its own health and prevent disease.

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