Often we hear the term marijuana used, however, cannabis is the plants’ true scientific name. The word marijuana was a slang term created as a piece of propaganda in the 1930s. Before then, cannabis had been used as a medicine for over 6000 years, first documented in China.

According to Merriam-Webster.com it is defined as,

“a tall Asian herb (Cannabis sativa of the family Cannabaceae, the hemp family) that has a tough fiber and is often separated into a tall loosely branched species (C. sativa) and a low-growing densely branched species (C. indica)”.

This is the exact same first definition for hemp as well, with their secondary definitions separating the difference as either usage or cannabinoid content. Typically, cannabis is used as a medicine and has higher tetrahydrocannabinol (thc) content where as hemp is used as a fiber and has below .03% THCA content inside its trichomes, a gland holding cannabinoids and terpenes. Due to the similarities, I find it harder and harder to explain which terminology is correct for which usage especially with the increased education of CBD without full spectrum plant education.

Cannabis as a medicine, is one of the best natural anti-inflammatories on the planet due to the nutrient rich cannabinoids found in the precious trichomes. This allows us to treat conditions like glaucoma, inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn’s disease, and even symptoms of cancer. In Ohio, recommendations can be made for 21 conditions. Conditions can be added, so it is important to check the state’s website after reading this article to see the most up to date list.

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