Expand Your Mind: Defining Cannabis, What Gets You High, and the Difference Between Cannabis and Hemp

Welcome to the High Plains Strainz cannabis blog!

Here we will discuss industry topics, DIY cannabis tips and tricks, history, news, products, and everything under the sun about our favorite plant.

For our first post, we figured we could start with the basics:

  • Defining cannabis
  • Cannabis vs hemp
  • What’s going to get you high

We hope you enjoy it and keep coming back for more of that good good kush!

So, define cannabis…

Cannabis refers to a collection of three plants, Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica, and Cannabis ruderalis, that all have some psychoactive qualities.

The buds or flowers of these plants can be picked and dried to make one of the most prevalent intoxicants on the planet. Weed, pot, or marijuana are frequent names for this mind-altering or psychoactive substance.

By popular definition, it isn’t a “weed” unless it is taking over your garden, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing…

Due to its racial history, the term “marijuana” has caused some controversy in the cannabis world.

More individuals are using the term cannabis to refer to the plant as it gains mainstream traction and legalization. We like the term cannabis since it is a more appropriate and neutral term for the product we grow and sell.

Cannabis is commonly used for its sedative and soothing effects on humans. It is being prescribed for a variety of medical ailments in an increasing number of US states, including chronic pain, glaucoma, and anxiety.

While consumable weed is derived from a plant and is therefore considered natural, it can nevertheless have powerful effects, both positive and negative. Our blog will help you understand the effects of cannabis and whether it is appropriate for you.

Cannabis vs hemp

Hemp and cannabis are the same species. The quantity of THC in hemp distinguishes it from cannabis.

Because hemp has 0.3 percent or less THC, hemp-derived goods do not contain enough THC to generate the “high” associated with marijuana. CBD is present in both, and CBD products are derived from hemp.

Okay I got the difference… but what exactly gets me high?

With over 400 compounds naturally present in a single cannabis plant, 80-100 are referred to as “cannabinoids.” Experts are still unsure what every cannabinoid accomplishes – as they are with terpenes – but they have a strong knowledge of the two most common, known as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD).

Each has its own effects and uses:

  • THC (Δ9–tetrahydrocannabinol) – This is the main psychoactive compound in cannabis. THC is responsible for the “high” that most people associate with cannabis.
  • CBD (Cannabidiol) – This is still a psychoactive cannabinoid, yet it’s non-intoxicating and non-euphoric, meaning it won’t get you “high.” It’s often used to help reduce inflammation and pain. It may also ease nausea, migraine, seizures, and anxiety. Researchers are still trying to fully understand the effectiveness of CBD’s medical use.
  • CBN (Cannabinol) – CBN is used to ease symptoms and side effects of neurological conditions, including epilepsy, seizures, and uncontrollable muscle stiffness.
  • CBG (Cannabigerol) – CBG is thought to help reduce anxiety and symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and depression.

Other major cannabinoids:

  • CBC (Cannabichromene)
  • THCV (Tetrahydrocannabivarin)
  • CBCV (Cannabichromevarin)
  • CBGV (Cannabigerivarin)
  • CBDV (Cannabidivarin)

If you have specific topics you’d like us to cover, let us know! Have more questions? You can visit our very knowledgeable, badass budtenders at any of our 3 locations!


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