Quick Cannabis Overview
Through extensive cross breeding there are now thousands of different strains of cannabis available to enlighten any connoisseur.
This type of high is the one most associated with hilarious fits of laughter, long discussions about nothing, enhanced audio and visual senses. You hear things in songs you've never heard before, see things in movies you've watched a dozen times but never noticed before.
A brightly-lit malls becomes a whole new and exciting adventure. Therefore, smoking a pure Sativa or mostly Sativa hybrid will make you feel great! Energetic and social and ready for fun! And depending on the particular strain of Sativa-Indica cross you smoke, you may get a good measure of pain relief in the deal as well.
Consuming (eating) either strain or hybrid of the two results in a stronger, longer-lasting high. But it does not feel as good as smoking the herb does to many who have tried it. It's a matter of experience and personal taste. It really depends on what effect you are looking for when making your selection and choosing a way to ingest it for your condition.
The "high" a person experiences when smoking a sufficient amount of pure or mostly pure Indica, such as Medicine Man or Warlock is more of a heavy "body buzz".
You may feel lethargic, tired, unwilling to attend to reality tasks. Very laid back, lazy. You may just want left alone to sit and think deep, intellectual thoughts as you enjoy the pain relief.
You may find it very hard to stay awake as well, so this sort of strain would be good for those having trouble sleeping. This is the best sort of "high" for easing pain and most of the other symptoms these conditions.
A good Indica/Sativa cross can also offer the best of both worlds. There are many breeders who work hard to develop strains that will accomplish just that to give you a great head high coupled with a relaxing and definitely medically beneficial strong body stone.
Combining different indicas, different sativas or a combination thereof creates hybrids. The resulting hybrid strains will grow, mature and smoke in relationship to the indica-sativa percentages they end up containing.
It's occasionally used in hybrids (an intentional crossing of two
different types of cannabis) to help the resulting plants be better able
to cope with the cold weather. It flowers earlier than C. indica or C. sativa, does not grow as tall, and can withstand much harsher climates than either of them. Cannabis ruderalis will produce flowers based on its age, rather than light cycle (photoperiod) changes which govern flowering in C. sativa and C. indica varieties. This kind of flowering is also known as "autoflowering".
Leaving us with 2 main cannabis strains, and that is Sativa and Indica. With hundreds of variety's and flavors.
All Strains are Potent
THC is found in the resin glands that form on the plant during the maturation process. These glands act as a shield to protect the seed from the searing heat of the sun. From our experience this is needed more in a hot, dry atmosphere, than a hot humid one.
To maximize resin production drop the humidity in the room for the flowering stage, the lower the better. But no matter how much resin you induce on an indica it's still not going to give you the stone of a sativa, so it does have a lot to do with your personal tastes and expectations.
All of the yields for the strains are approximate and depends a lot on how they are grown and the quality of the environment. Indoor lights don't penetrate down very far so it is better to grow a larger number of smaller plants to achieve the highest yield of top quality bud. Maximum yields indoors are coming from indicas and mostly indica hybrids, while the more sativa in the mix, the lower the yields tend to be.
The yield indoors is really limited only by the amount of light available, not the strain you choose. Given that it is a good growing environment, you can expect the yield to be about the same from any strain in relationship to its indica/sativa content. It is up to your designated marijuana grower to maximize the plant's potential in his space.
The most desirable strains for medical use are ones that have been genetically developed by experts to have an extremely low CBN concentration while maintaining an available range of THC concentrates.
Effects of Indica (lower THC, higher CBN/CBD):
- More stimulating and uplifting
- Energizing and thought provoking
- Increases focus and creativity
- Supports immune system
- Best for use in daytime
Hybrid Stain Crosses:
The genetics and hence the effects of one lineage will usually be dominant. For example: Indica-dominant crosses are for pain relief, with the sativa component helping with energy and activity levels.
Cannabis has been proven helpful in relieving the symptoms of thousands of conditions, including:
- Pain from various ailments and injuries
- Arthritis, bursitis
- Multiple sclerosis
- Hepatitis C
- Nausea and low appetite
- Cancer, chemotherapy
- Muscular dystrophy
- Epilepsy, parkinson's
- Asthma, emphysema
- Glaucoma and other intra-ocular disorders
- Skin diseases such as pruritis and psoriasis
- Back pain and muscle spasms
- Paraplegia and quadriplegia
- Insomnia and other sleep disorders
- Study finds THC promotes death of brain cancer cells and shrinks tumors
There is no such plant that is actually named marijuana
Doing a web search, I've found several articles that say "marijuana" is derived from the "Mexican" word "maraguanquo," which is said to mean "intoxicating plant." For example, here:
"Maraguanquo" sounds enough like the Spanish name "Marijuana" that you can see how the second name is just a Spanish version of the first.
I'm not very satisfied with this, though. For one thing, I can't find any source that identifies which "Mexican" language includes the vocabulary word "maraguanquo." My guess is that it would be one of the indigenous languages, such as Nauhuatl, Otomi, Yaqui, or Tarahumara, but without the language being named it's hard to investigate this. There are scores of different indigenous languages spoken in Mexico.
All of the mentions I've found of "maraguanquo" use exactly the same phrasing, so I think they are all quoting to the same source (without attribution). That means whatever the original source may have been could have been in error, and they could all be repeating the same misinformation.
In the U.S., the spelling "marihuana" seems to have been more common than "marijuana" until about the 1950s. In Spanish, there is very little difference in pronunciation between "marihuana" and "marijuana." It would be interesting to know why the standard English spelling apparently shifted to "marijuana" in the 1950s or 60s, but I don't have any information on that, either.
Here's an interesting, but inconclusive, discussion of the word origin of "marijuana," covering a variety of theories:
Cannabis erratica Siev.
Cannabis faetens Gilib.
Cannabis foetens Gilib.
Cannabis generalis E.H.L.Krause
Cannabis gigantea Crevost
Cannabis indica Lam.
Cannabis indica f. afghanica (Vavilov) Vavilov
Cannabis indica var. kafiristanica Vavilov
Cannabis intersita SojÃ¡k
Cannabis kafiristanica (Vavilov) Chrtek
Cannabis lupulus Scop.
Cannabis macrosperma Stokes
Cannabis ruderalis Janisch.
Cannabis sativa L.
Cannabis sativa f. afghanica Vavilov
Cannabis sativa f. chinensis (Delile) A.DC.
Cannabis sativa var. gigantea (Delile ex Vilm.) Alef.
Cannabis sativa var. indica (Lam.) Wehmer
Cannabis sativa subsp. indica (Lam.) E.Small & Cronquist
Cannabis sativa var. indica (Lam.) E. Small & Cronquist
Cannabis sativa subsp. intersita (SojÃ¡k) SojÃ¡k
Cannabis sativa var. kafiristanica (Vavilov) E.Small & Cronquist
Cannabis sativa var. kif A.DC.
Cannabis sativa var. macrosperma (Stokes) Asch. & Graebn.
Cannabis sativa var. monoica Hol.
Cannabis sativa f. pedemontana A.DC.
Cannabis sativa var. praecox Serebr.
Cannabis sativa var. ruderalis Janisch.
Cannabis sativa var. ruderalis (Janisch.) S.Z.Liou
Cannabis sativa var. spontanea Vavilov
Cannabis sativa var. vulgaris Alef. [Invalid]