Basics Of Bud
When you get to the root of it, a plant is a plant – cannabis included.
Although we largely perceive it through the modern lens of bright LEDs, futuristic hydroponics setups and illicit grow operations, cannabis has grown naturally for, at the very least, 10,000 years. It’s a hardy crop that requires little water, that improves soil quality through a process known as “remediation” (it was even planted at Chernobyl for this purpose!), and that has a wide history of spiritual, medicinal, recreational, and civil uses.
In these 10,000 years, cannabis has been grown widely for food, fibre, and its unique plant chemicals, cannabinoids; although it’s come to be associated with crime, cannabis sustained many human societies from before written history up until the present day!
Throughout the prohibition era – the era we inhabit, stretching from 1937 to the present day – cannabis has been seen as little more than an illicit drug. Hemp products were phased out in favour of cheaper but environmentally devastating wood pulp paper and cotton clothing, and levels of THC (the psychoactive compound that causes a “high”) skyrocketed! Other cannabinoids like CBD fell by the wayside..
Through this lens, it’s easy to see why cannabis is viewed as little more than an intoxicant.
Since then, however, we’ve come to realize (or perhaps rediscovered) that the cannabis plant is so much more than just one compound, effect, or use. We’ve seen that hemp, as opposed to draining resources, can enrich its environment; that there are well over 66 cannabinoids and 31 terpenes produced by the plant, almost all of which have some purpose. Contrary to popular belief, only 3 of those 66+ cannabinoids are known to produce intoxication – THC, THCV, and CBN – and there are no psychoactive terpenes in the cannabis plant!
On top of this, the cannabis plant produces a host of useful materials. From the nutritious seed of the plant to its oil, food for livestock, fibre for clothing and bedding, ropes, materials for construction and so much more, it’s clear that there’s a lot more to cannabis than catching a buzz!
Over the next couple of blog posts we’ll be exploring some of the basics of bud in depth, so roll up those sleeves and get ready to dig deep!
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About the author
Lana Tong is an aspiring Endocannabinoid Psychopharmacologist and Squirrel Behavioral Therapist based in Victoria, British Columbia. She’s passionate about cannabis as a medicine, entheogen, food, fiber crop, and so much more. Lana hopes to one day swim in a pool filled with organic CBD-infused coconut oil – we all have dreams, right?