Cannabigerol (CBG) versus Cannabidiol (CBD)

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In the above book “Cannabinoids and Terpenes“, the writer used “thin layer chromatography” (TLC) to identify the cannabinoids in the indica  strains used to make “Rick Simpson Oil” (using grain alcohol) to treat terminal liver cancer.

Surprisingly, where the author expected to see CBD on the test plates, the TLC organic chemistry test kit plates, or chromatograms, identified no CBD BUT did show CBG, THCV and of course THC.

The DEA has used thin layer chromatography as a method of identifying where the cannabis confiscated originated from.

It should be noted that up until recently, the literature on cannabinoids reported that strains with no CBD but high indications of CBG are classified as hemp plants.

In trying to obtain the truth on health remedies, it does become frustrating when the government whom we rely on for truth, report contradicting information from that which one discovers solely from the pursuit of knowledge and truth.

Genetically Modified Pot?

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Under the MMAR (Canada’s old Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations), it allowed patients in Canada to choose their medicine. After all, are we not masters of our own domain? Able to determine what our body needs? When did we give that up, if we did?

The above “thin layer chromatography” (TLC) chromatogram (a.k.a. bud footprint) clearly identifies more than just THC in three bud samples tested  (including a sample of BC Bud). These are buds grown under the MMAR regulations, when patients in Canada had a choice and could choose their medicine.

Compare being Masters of our own Domain, above,  with what Health Canada has regulated, below:

LP pot
LP pot

LP Pot (pot from Licensed Producers), is the second chromatogram and shows three samples from Licensed Producers’ pot, under the MMPR. Please take a minute to compare the two chromatograms, both shown above.

LP pot, second example, only shows THC and in a very strange way. Genetically altered?

The question that needs an answer is this:

Are patients in Canada guaranteed that the Health Minister has not again sold out out health to genetically altered cannabis cultivars to and from Big Pharma?

The Need for a Cannabis Paradigm Shift

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Thomas Kuhn coined the phrase “paradigm shift” in 1962.

In 1964 Dr Raphael Mechoulam, an organic chemist from Israel, managed to obtain samples of the illegal substance called marijuana. From those samples, he isolated and elucidated the psychoactive constituent in the “marijuana” plant called THC (delta 9 tetrahydrocannabinol).

We then learn that everyone of us has an endogenous cannabinoid system (aka endocannabinoid system) complete with cannabinoid receptors. What does this mean? The cannabis plant is able to work with our bodies system to enable it in achieving homeostasis. In other words, the pot plant is the top plant that can help us achieve ultimate health.  You can’t make this stuff up!

At the time that they were building the pharmaceutical industry, they demonized the biggest competitor, the pot plant.

This is why a paradigm shift is of the utmost importance.

Weasel Science; Junk Science and WHO

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has posted a bulletin on their site entitled “Herbal medicine research and global health: an ethical analysis”.

Their post addresses the growing recognition of traditional herbal medicine; traditional medicine that has been in use in Africa and TCM in China and Ayurvedic medicine in Indica – and each and every one was used since antiquity.

The gist of the UN’s WHO article states that although WHO agrees with the potential of accepting traditional plant based medicine, their official position is that “herbal plant based medicine” does not compare to  Big Pharma’s “sound science” based medicine. Their article states that the investment in the science of traditional plant based medicine pales in comparison to what the pharmaceutical companies have spent on “sound science” that purportedly supports their patented petrol pills.

The WHO’s official opinion is that since traditional plant based medicine, lacks “sound science”, too much risk exists relative to the sound science existing in pharmaceuticals.

What is “sound science?  

Sound science, as with other disciplines involving statistical sampling, is susceptible to manipulation. Think Enron and their year-end auditors,  Author Anderson (What do you want the results to say?)

Sound science, when used by paid scientists in the pharmaceutical industry, is science that is vigorously supported by the scientific community and confirmed by multiple peer-reviewed studies.

In politics and other disciplines, “sound science” has been defined as a play on the “uncertainty tactic”. Uncertainty is known as the risk factor. This tactic has been used against natural remedies to demand irrefutable proof of the science before it can be deemed acceptable scientific proof. There are many that define “sound science” as “weasel science”. Weasel science is known as science that does not reflect the whole truth, rather, it is used to mask the truth for personal gain.

Sound Science: “What do you want the results to say?”

Robert Spott from the Yurok tribe in Cali, stated in 1890:

“And that, I guess, is what it all boils down to – do the right thing, everything goes fine; do the wrong thing, everything’s a mess.”

In 1970, Sun Bear from the Chippewa Tribe, is quoted with the following observation and advice:

“A man was chief only as long as he did the will of the people. If he got to be too chiefy, he’d go to sleep one night, and wake up the next morning to find that he was chief all to himself. The tribe would move away in the night, and they didn’t wait four years to do it either.”

In 1868, Chief Ouray from the UTE. Colorado tribe stated:

“Agreements with the government are like the agreement a buffalo makes with the hunter after it has been pierced by many arrows. All it can do is lie down and give in.”

“isn’t it time we began to think about what we are thinking about? It is the only way we can move forward and become that which we think about.” Mohican’s

Liver Cancer in Adults and Cannabinoids

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Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), also known as liver cancer,  is reported to have a high mortality rate and has no adequate treatment. However, Allopathic Practitioners still use their “cut, poison and burn” methods of medical care.

Fortunately, thanks to the many proponents of natural health, science has recently disclosed their discovery of our endogenous cannabinoid system and how we all carry cannabinoid receptors  (the endogenous cannabinoid system is also called the endocannabinoid system for short). In addition, the phytocannabinoids that are unique to the cannabis plant, have the ability of using the signals of our cannabinoid receptors in our bodies to activate our endocannabinoid system back to a homeostasis state i.e. the phytocannabinoids help our bodies regain a level of optimal health.

If the above sounds too far fetched, is it not more far fetched as to why a medicinal plant was demonized and criminalized to the extent it was in the first place?

For a scientific explanation of how the cannabinoids in cannabis can cure liver cancer (HCC), do review this and other articles.

Hemp Seed reverses Rare Liver Cancer

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Hepatoblastoma is a rare cancer of the liver that occurs in infants and young children.  This type of liver cancer is purported to be found within the first three years of life. The most common treatment for this cancer is surgery (removal of the tumor or liver transplant), chemo or radiation.

However, one of a group of related compounds found in the root and shells of the hemp plant, namely cannabisativine has shown to kill these cancer cells. The specific compound, cannabisin B, destroys the cancer cells and brings the body back to homeostasis functioning.

Many scientists and University professors that grew up believing the hype against “marijuana” are stunned to learn the real medicinal value, now that they have found ways to conduct research, and find out for themselves.

Due to the UN’s strict control since the mid 20th century on anything related to Cannabis Sativa, including consumption as food, research, studying, growing, personal medicinal use, etc, was strictly and forcibly forbidden and punished under the UN’s Strict International Drug Treaties.

Did you know that before the global eradication of industrial hemp and medicinal cannabis (they were both demonized and criminalized together), hemp was the main food source during the depression years when farmers in Canada’s western provinces would lose their crops to unrelenting weather?  There is evidence too that shows if your only consumption was hemp over an extended period of time, it would be very difficult for allopathic medicine (or any form of medicine) to find a deficiency of any kind in your body?

Say No to Monsanto

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Monsanto claims their GE crops are safe and “substantially equivalent” to other food and therefore, does not need disclosure in food labels nor extra regulation. On the other hand, they claim their GE seeds are a novel invention that requires a patent.

Their Bt Corn  is genetically crossed with material from a bacteria known as Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt). This corn is also registered as a pesticide.

Is genetically engineered food safe? Consider the scientific studies from Professor Seralini in France.

A professor of molecular biology at the University of Caen in France, Professor Gilles-Eric Seralini conducted a long term scientific study on the effects of Bt corn on rats and concluded that this corn or roundup ready fertilizer has the effect of causing cancer and severe organ damage. When these findings were first published in 2012 in Food and Chemical Toxicology (Elsevier), it caused such an uproar that Food and Chemical retracted the story on the basis that the study was full of faults and therefore unfounded. However, the study was found credible and was republished in 2014 in the open-access journal Environmental Sciences Europe.

Corporations need to understand that it is necessary to learn to live in harmony with nature. Corporations like Monsanto threaten the future of nature and the lives of everyone and everything with their attempts at controlling nature.

When buying seeds for your home garden, ensure you are not buying Monsanto seeds by checking out this list of Monsanto Free Seed Companies

Why is Canada’s Health Minister Outraged over SCC Unanimous Ruling that Allows Consumption of Cannabis?

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Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that restricting Medical Cannabis to just dried herb “violates the right to liberty and security in a manner that is arbitrary and hence is not with(in) the principles of fundamental justice.”

This ruling has the Minister of Health, Rona Ambrose,  “outraged”.

The Minister is quoted with stating:

“Let’s remember, there’s only one authority in Canada that has the authority and the expertise to make a drug into a medicine and that’s Health Canada,” she said during a press conference.

“Marijuana has never gone through the regulatory approval process at Health Canada, which of course, requires a rigorous safety review and clinical trials with scientific evidence.”

As a result of this SCC ruling, the charges for trafficking in cookies against Owen Smith, have been dropped.

Why on earth is the Health Minister outraged?

Looking back at what Health Canada has accomplished has revealed the following:

Health Canada (HC), in 2004, fired three of their scientists that spoke up against genetically modified food products.  Dr. Shiv Chopra, one of the scientists that was fired by HC, has gone public with what goes on at Health Canada. He has revealed that HC requires their (the scientist’s) approval on products without even allowing information on what they are approving. Dr. Chopra has even written a book entitled “Corrupt to the Core: Memoirs of a Health Canada Whistleblower” http://www.amazon.com/Corrupt-Core-Memoirs-Health-Whistleblower/dp/097319457X

The Health Minister wants us to remember that they are the only ones with the authority to approve what Canadians are allowed to be prescribed as medicine.

How many people are aware that prescription medicine is the fourth leading cause of death in Canada?  http://commonground.ca/2012/01/prescription-drug-deaths/

Earlier this year, an investigative reporter, Joachim Hagoplan, published “The Evil of Big Pharma Exposed”  http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-evils-of-big-pharma-exposed/5425382 

The above report is very thorough with respect to how Big Pharma came to be and who they are.

Why in the world would Canada’s Health minister be “outraged” over the SCC ruling of allowing the consumption of medical cannabis?

Could it be that consuming this herb has the ability of not only curing cancer but is more effective than any prescription drug available from Big Pharma?

If the Minister of Health is outraged over a plant that is more effective than any prescription drug on the market, why is she the Minister of Health? Clearly, her mandate is preserving profits over patients.

What is an Anxiety Attack?

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An anxiety attack is also referred to as a “panic attack” and can be brought on by real or imagined fear, often described as excessive fear.  An anxiety attack, can be characterized as having the following:

  • uncontrollable crying
  • shortness of breath
  • shaking
  • a rapid heartbeat
  • an overall out of control feeling of dread.

Unfortunately, it is said that these attacks are more common in women than in men. It is also important to note that these attacks are more often than not, usually related to some psychological factor. For example, psychological factors that can instigate a panic or anxiety attack includes:

  • work-related stress
  • family related stress
  • too much changes in your life all at once
  • anything that can make you feel overwhelmed is liable to trigger an attack.

In addition to psychological factors, other factors that can bring on an attack include the following:

  • stimulants such as coffee and sugar
  • any foods that you are allergic to
  • chemical food additives such as MSG, aspartame and even salt

OK, so what can we do about panic attacks in order to avoid them in the future, or at least alleviate their severity?

Click on the above picture to find out more informations.

Doctor’s In Ontario told Medical Marijuana is an Insured Service

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The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) (the board that governs Doctors in Ontario) published their new policy on Marijuana for Medical Purposes (MMPR) dated March, 2015. This is a welcome policy change since their previous position was stated as not in support of marijuana and advised Ontario doctors to “proceed with caution”.

What is interesting with their policy change is with respect to their definition of the medical document that a patient requires to access medical marijuana from an on-line approved Licensed Producer.

According to their website, it is their opinion that the “medical document authorizing patient access to dried marijuana to be equivalent to a prescription.” 

This is an extremely important definition!

Their new Policy further states:

Prescriptions, together with activities related to prescriptions, are insured services. Accordingly, physicians must not charge patients or licensed producers of dried marijuana for completing the medical document, or for any activities associated with completing the medical document, including, but not limited to: assessing the patient; reviewing his/her chart; educating or informing the patient about the risks or benefits of dried marijuana; or confirming the validity of a prescription in accordance with the MMPR.”

Since the College issued their Policy on MMPR, Sun Life Canada was the first insurer to cover cannabis for a student attending the University of Waterloo.

CBD Oil and Hemp Oil

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Cannabis flower or bud, showing glandular trichomes

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of many “active” cannabinoids that are produced in the glandular trichomes of the cannabis flowers (often referred to as “buds”). CBD is non-psychoactive but studies show that this cannabinoid enhances the positive effects in THC, the cannabinoid that gets you “high”. CBD also possesses a large number of medicinal benefits.

There are many opinions on whether the genus Cannabis (Cannabaceae) consists of one or more species. Cannabis strains grown for fiber and/or seed production, commonly known as Hemp, are differentiated from strains grown for medical and recreational use.

We are lead to believe that hemp is often mistaken for its cannabis cousin, however hemp is grown for fiber and/or for seed production. CBD is NOT a component of hemp seed or fiber (which is produced from hemp stalk). Hemp oil, produced from hemp seed, does contain a very low level of CBD, which is usually less than 25 parts per million (ppm). CBD extracted from cannabis flowers are usually up to 15 percent (150,000 ppm).

The hemp retail market in the US is growing at an alarming rate and there are unscrupulous public companies that are selling CBD hemp oil at astronomic prices. To state that hemp oil is medicine is incorrect, although hemp oil is a very valuable daily dietary essential.

Cannabinoids, including CBD, produced in the glandular trichomes of cannabis flowers is a natural and valuable medicine. However, the government criminalized cannabis and has included it as a controlled substance with little to no medicinal value.

Cannabis, including both medicinal and industrial hemp, are environmentally friendly, nutritionally and medicinally beneficial and contain too many natural resources that threaten or make it impossible for powerful corporate giants to compete with.

It is criminal to see giant public corporations misleading the public by selling and promoting CBD hemp oil as a medicinal product.

The non-profit organization Hemp Industries Association, produced a position paper on the misbranding of CBD extracts and Hemp Oil. Please click the following link to read this paper: Hemp Industries Association Position Paper

Buyer Beware!

Medicinal Marijuana and Health Canada

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In 2012, Health Canada (HC) released a lengthy report to support “regulatory reform” for the “Medical Marijuana Access Regulations (MMAR)” that originally came into effect in Canada in August of 2001. Health Canada’s lengthy report was the driving force behind what has been described as Canada’s mew and soon to be the “multi-billion dollar cannabis business” and will be governed under the new “Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations” (MMPR) commencing April 1, 2014. Health Canada claims we are all safer with Big Business having sole control of growing this herb rather than the TLC that is presently provided to the plants from those authorized under the present system as growers. We are supposed to believe how dangerous and disgusting this plant is and it is only criminals, drop outs or other menaces to society associated with this gateway addicting drug.

Health Canada’s 2012 report claimed support for reform from Canadian court cases that favoured “distributing medical marijuana in a manner similar to other medication”. Not only that, HC continually reports that patients under the MMAR were also vocal for an overhaul of the MMAR because they were strongly against the application process and being limited to only one strain.

 

Since publicly announcing overhauling Canada’s MMAR in 2012, Health Canada would have us believe their biggest concern is for the health and safety of the patients whom they approved to grow beginning in 2001.. The report includes their concern with the high risk in home invasions from violent criminals wanting to steal the plants; the lack of security that would prevent diversion away from criminal activity; concern over fire hazard issues resulting from patient’s overloading electrical systems due to extra lighting and humidity required to grow the plants and their big concern over the need to protect children from areas where these plants grow because of the criminals associated with drugs. Health Canada as the authoritative body, determined we will all be much safer with large profit oriented corporations controlling the cultivation and distribution of medical marijuana.

 

Back in 2012, the Department of Justice amended Canada’s Controlled Drugs and Substances Act for purposes of the new MMPR.. Those amendments included Health Canada’s proposal for a “New Class of Practitioners” that meet the definition of ‘Practitioners” under subsection 2(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. The new regulations called “New Classes of Practitioners Regulations” provide the means for a small group of specific “practitioners” the ability to prescribe or possess dried marijuana under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. This new group of practitioners specifically include: midwives; nurse practitioners and podiatrists. However, for purposes of the majority of controlled substances, control remains with medical doctors in order to prevent diversion to illicit activities.

 

In Ontario, a large number of people have a great deal of difficulty with finding a doctor who will prescribe cannabis as the patient’s preferred choice and avoid the number of side effects that always exist with pharmaceutical medicine. The reluctance of doctors in Ontario with prescribing cannabis can be found at the web site of College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario’whom oversee the practice of medicine in the province. This regulating board openly encourages their members to “consider prescribing the oral pharmaceutical form of cannabinoids” since “there are no adequate studies that prove marijuana’s effectiveness … adverse effects of marijuana use include the harms associated with smoking”. http://www.cpso.on.ca/policies-publications/policy/medical-marijuana –

Although the above may have some people scratching their heads, a review of Schedule II of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act provides even more confusion and contradictions. Schedule II appears to solely exist for that devil weed known as cannabis – and includes 0.cannabis resin and cannabis (marijuana) and the synthetic drugs known as Nabilone (Cesamet) manufactured by Bauer plus GW’s manufactured tetrahydrocannabinol (a.k.a. Marinol or Dronabinol or simply THC).

wo additional “synthetic” compounds also included under Schedule II were originally invented in 1949 in an attempt to duplicate the then unknown THC, the active ingredient in cannabis. These two 1949 preparations are called Pyrahexl and Dimethytheptyl.

 

Last and certainly not least but very puzzling is why two well known cannabinoids that provide superb medical and health benefits without the psychoactive “high” are – Cannabidiol and Cannabinol – CBD and CBN! These two cannabinoids are known anti-psychotic, yet both are included as a schedule II controlled substance in Canada??

Schedule II of this Act states “any and all forms of cannabis including any and all preparations, derivatives and/or synthetic preparations” as prohibited and any contravention is considered an indictable offence.

 

Schedules VII and VIII define what is considered to be trafficking or possession respectively and is based on the quantity involved. Subsection 4(8) of the Act defines “amount” as “any mixture or substance, or the whole of the plant, that contains a detectable amount of the substance”. Schedule VIII of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act defines possession to be amounts greater than 1 gram but less than 3 KG of cannabis resin and for cannabis (marijuana) possession is an amount greater than 30 grams but also less than 3 KG or 6.6 lbs..

 

“Possession” is defined as “knowingly located on a person or in the custody of another or knowingly in any place, regardless of whether that person owns or occupies the place or if a group is aware that one or two or more are holding” they are all considered to be “in possession”. Punishment for possession can vary between a sentence of six months, a fine of one thousand dollars or both – up to a maximum sentence of five years less a day.

 

Trafficking – “to sell, administer, give, transfer, transport, send or deliver, either directly or indirectly and whether or not for consideration”. Schedule VII defines trafficking as amounts greater than 3 kg ( 6.6 lbs) for both cannabis resin and cannabis (marijuana). The maximum sentence if convicted of trafficking in a Schedule II is life! However, all circumstances are different and the Act contains provisions allowing the Minister the discretion to make amendments as seen fit.

 

Cannabinoids were first discovered in the 1940’s when cannabidiol and cannabinol, CBD and CBN respectively, were first identified. A number of years later, in 1964, THC took the spotlight once it’s structure was determined and identified.

 

For over fifty years it has been known that CBD is a very powerful cannabinoid that can greatly be of benefit in treating a number of diseases and disorders without providing any psychoactive effects. CBD is effective as a muscle relaxant and as a treatment for reducing muscle spasms. CBD is also the preferred treatment for”Dravet Syndrome” a severe form of epilepsy that apparently is non-responsive to most anti-seizure pharmaceutical medication. In fact, there is a very touching story about a Mother’s fight for her little girl named Kaitlyn who, sadly, has Dravet Syndrome. The little girl is cute and her story can be found at the following link: http://www.fight4kate.com/

 

The Mother has been fighting very hard in trying to access CBD as the preferred treatment for her little girl in Canada.

 

The Mother has witnessed how incredibly positive results have been using CBD as a treatment for Kate,. The family are forced to head south of the border to the US where they are able to access this medicine, with no side effects and no “high” associated with it.

 

Not only is cannabidiol effective for Dravet Syndrom, it reduced epilepsies by almost 100% while reacquiring cognitive and physical skills! Children who were previously confined to wheelchairs make huge leaps in what otherwise would remain a delayed development.

 

Canadian Parents are forced to become refugees in places such as Colorado where CBD is available! In Canada, CBD is NOT available and Health Canada, in their wisdom of protecting children, deny the only medication that can actually change children’s quality of life, something the pharmaceutical industry is unable to do.

 

Kate’s family has also provided information and is requesting signatures on letters that will be sent directly to Health Canada’s Office of Controlled Substances.

 

Please help in this fight for the right of Canadians to use cannabis oil and other prohibited edibles as effective treatment but denied by Health Canada. The following link awaits your much needed signature:

 

http://www.change.org/en-CA/petitions/make-cannabidiol-cbd-available-in-canada

 

Cannabinoids and Terpenes – The Medicinal Benefits of Cannabis

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The above e-book has just been released on Kindle!  It includes important information on two organic compounds found in the cannabis plant, namely cannabinoids and terpenes.  Cannabinoids are closely related “terpenophenolic”.  Terpenophenolic compounds are natural products of mixed biosynthetic origin,, specifically, they are a combination of hydrocarbon and carbonic acid molecules. Terpenophenolic compounds also contain biological activities that make them important for human health.

Terpenes are a large and diverse class of organic compounds produced by a number of plants of which many are “aromatic hydrocarbons” (sometimes called arenes).  When terpenes are chemically modified such as by oxidation, they are referred to as terpenoids.  Terpenoids are also known as isoprenoids.  Terpenes and terpenoids are the primary constituents of the essential oils of many plants including cannabis. They are what gives off the distinctive aroma of the particular strain in your medicine.

The synergistic effects of cannabinoids and terpenes offer a great deal of additional benefits which is only beginning to be investigated scientifically.  As patients become more educated on the full potential of cannabis, cannabis preparations and with the complexities in the various compounds found within cannabis, they will become more discerning in choosing their medicine which will help increase the quality of the medication available to them along with the research relating to the synergistic benefits of cannabinoids and terpenes.

This book reviews the test kits available for home use that are available and able to qualify and quantify the cannabinoids in a patient’s medical strain.  Upon using an inexpensive “Thin Layer Chromatography” (TLC) kit, the author was, at the time of testing, shocked to see cannabigerol (CBG) but no cannabidiol (CBD) in the test results, and this started a brand new intensive research into discovering just what cannabinoid(S) was responsible for curing cancer.

Since science took an overwhelming interest in studying THC, it was only recently that renewed interest rose in the other cannabinoids (of which there are 70) and very recently, terpenes.  Both are synthesized in the secretory cells inside the trichomes that are highly concentrated inside the unfertilized female flowers before they degrade or grow old.

Science is starting to understand that it is more than just THC that contains medicinal benefits, in fact the synergistic potential of the cannabinoids and terpenes is a very recent focus in science with the goal of determining exactly how this plant is able to offer so much yet is now well understood.

In addition to discussing the test kits available for testing cannabis strains, this e-book discusses the therapeutic benefits of both the cannabinoids and terpenes leaving the reader fascinated by the huge potential that this plant has to offer and which science is only beginning to unveil.

It is interesting to note how much of an effect that simply pruning the plant’s leaves as harvest approaches will unintentionally affect the plant’s  trichomes

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