Cannabis, Marijuana and Hemp

Cannabis, marijuana, and hemp are in fact all the same plant with hemp being its official name and cannabis and marijuana only being nicknames. Archeologists have discovered that the Ancient Egyptians used hemp for medical purposes more than 4000 years ago and it is suspected that other civilizations have also used it similarly ever since. Its continued use for medical purposes continued into the 20th century, right up to the time when governments around the world, following America’s lead, banned the growing of it and its use recreationally or for medical purposes.

Throughout its history of use, hemp most have produced side-effects when used for health benefits but those earlier civilizations must have accepted any risks, considering the benefits hemp provided outweighed any hazards. This may still be true but in the 1950s and 60s, a growing number of people were using it for its adverse effects only and they were becoming addicted to it which is what led to its ban.

Today, however, researchers have been able to produce hemp’s benefits without any of its associated adverse side-effects, once again making it be allowed to be used for medical purposes. The problem was that although hemp produced cannabinoids, which carry any active ingredients, it produced some with CBD, which offers the health benefits but also some with THC which provides the adverse effects. The researchers now though have learned how to distinguish between the two and therefore also being able to segregate them to use just the beneficial CBD.

Now there are several medical products which are made using CBD from hemp without using any of the THC. Examples of these CBD health products are CBD oil which can assist with anxiety or stress-related problems and CBD cream which can give relief from muscle pain. More information about some of these products can be found on the website

The adverse side-effects which THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) is responsible for are the producing of a ‘high’ and the potential to be addictive. It is, therefore, for the THC, why people were using hemp recreationally. Although scientists can now segregate CBD cannabinoids from THC ones, there is still a concern that if hemp was grown on a wide scale, people would still use it recreationally as well as the medical profession using for health purposes. In order to help address this concern, scientists are now trying to develop a strain of hemp which contains no THC, only the beneficial CBD.

Although scientists are meeting with some success in developing a new strain of hemp, as yet they have only been able to develop one which has traces of THC only as well as CBD but hopefully they will one day develop a strain which has zero THC, making it a very beneficial plant as the pulp can also be used for making garments and as a substitute for wood in the production of many paper products, With these developments concerning hemp, it is possible that countries around the world may drop their ban on hemp being grown.