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Where “Ditch Weed” Cannabis Grows in the Wild, Here in the U.S. and Abroad

Cannabis, a species that includes both hemp and marijuana, has been so commodified it’s easy to forget that it is a wild plant. Humans did not invent cannabis, though we have selectively bred it to encourage characteristics we enjoy. That being said, cannabis still grows wild in many places, both here in the United States and abroad. Here’s a look at where you can find wild cannabis, which is commonly called “ditch weed” here in the United States. Wild American Cannabis One very common wild cannabis plant that grows in North America is a variety of hemp called Ditch Weed. The plant, which can grow relatively tall, has rich fiber content and has a multitude of uses. The plant's flowers house its many seeds. Birds and other...

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Industrial versus High-CBD Hemp: The difference matters

Cannabis, hemp, marijuana, CBD — there are so many words flying around it can be hard to keep track of what’s what. Let’s quickly break down our terms. What is Cannabis? Cannabis is a genus of flowering plants in the family Cannabaceae. Its closest relative is hops, which are used to bitter and flavor beer (think India Pale Ale). There are two classifications of cannabis: marijuana and hemp. Marijuana Marijuana, which is short and bushy with broad leaves, is often called “weed.” Use of marijuana results in an intoxicating “high” because it contains high amounts of the cannabinoid THC. Hemp Hemp, which is a leaner plant with skinnier leaves, contains less than 0.3% THC. It has a long history of use for industrial purposes (rope, textiles, paper, etc.), but...

The Top Hemp Terpenes You Need to Know

For years the only compound in cannabis deemed worthy of study and appreciation was tetrahydrocannabinol, commonly known as THC. More recently, cannabidiol (also known as full spectrum hemp oil) has become the primary industry buzzword as scientists unlock its numerous therapeutic and medicinal benefits. But in 2011 the industry was rocked by a bombshell, and it had to do with terpenes, the aromatic organic compounds that give all cannabis plants (hemp included) their distinct skunky odor. Hemp Terpenes are the Next Frontier Neurologist and researcher Ethan Russo found that hemp terpenes work together with cannabinoids to boost and modulate the effect of one another in the body’s endocannabinoid system. These essential oils are rightly considered the next frontier in terms of targeted medicinal and therapeutic uses of hemp. The...