Updated: Jan 8, 2020
Hello dear reader, and welcome!
It has been a whirlwind last few months as we opened our first retail location in the heart of Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. We have already helped hundreds of people find relief via this incredible plant, and we are honored to continue helping people discover the incredible potential of cannabis to improve your life and well-being.
Every day we learn new information regarding the amazing benefits cannabis offers in helping to improve our lives, our relationships, and our health. A quick online search reveals countless stories of how medical cannabis has changed people's lives for the better.
Lately cannabidiol, also known as CBD, has made a breakthrough in the public consciousness. Everyone is interested in CBD these days, and while many people don't know a lot about it, they are eager to learn. However trying to find a starting point for your research can be daunting, given the myriad of voices clamoring for your attention online.
With this blog I hope to give you a practical working knowledge of medical cannabis and its various cannabinoids, including CBD, THC, and all their lesser known but very important cousins. I will aim to address many common questions, and misconceptions. I'll cover the various components of the plant, from terpenes to phytocannabinoids, and how they interact with a system that is built into each and every one of us, the Endocannabinoid System. I'll share experiences and information, both from our store and from my own personal investigations.
So lets get to it shall we?
To wrap this first post up I'll start with one of the more frequently asked questions we get in the shop from first time customers.
"What is the difference between cannabis, marijuana, and hemp?"
Simply put, hemp is cannabis and marijuana is cannabis.
With the passage of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 by the United States Congress, a legal distinction was created between hemp and marijuana that did not previously exist. This law codified the term "marijuana" as the legal designation for any cannabis plant that contains more than .3% THC; if a cannabis plant contains less than .3% THC, it is legally classified as "hemp." Both hemp and marijuana contain the same phytocannabinoids, such as CBD and THC, but in differing amounts and ratios.
So basically it's like having a Granny Smith apple in one hand and a Red Delicious apple in the other hand. They are both still apples in the end, just as hemp and marijuana are both cannabis!