A Few Facts About Cannabis

Cannabis has been making local headlines now that Pennsylvania’s medical program is slated to debut early next year. But not everyone is familiar with the basic terminology behind the state’s next big industry. Here is a breakdown of the words and terms you might start hearing.

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Cannabis

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A tall flowering plant indigenous to tropical and temperate climates. Popular varieties of the plant are cannabis sativa and cannabis indica, both of which contain psychoactive properties that produce euphoria. The cannabis plant can be used for marijuana or hemp. It can be grown outdoors, indoors or using hydroponic technology.

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THC

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Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is a chemical compound found in cannabis that creates the high often associated with marijuana. Scientifically speaking, THC is a cannabinoid, naturally occurring compounds that interact with receptors in the brain to create said high. Researchers throughout the world are still working to understand how many cannabinoids exist, but theories range from the dozens to possibly hundreds.

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Hemp

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Hemp is a member of the cannabis sativa family that does not produce euphoria. Instead, the plant has historically been used in farming, manufacturing and cooking. It was considered a lucrative cash crop when the country was first founded.

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Recreational Marijuana

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Adult use recreational marijuana is now legal in eight states — Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts — and the District of Columbia. Delaware and New Jersey are both weighing upgrading their medical programs to include recreational use for adults over the age of 21.

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Cannabis Oil

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Cannabis oil, either THC or CBD-based, is another popular form of ingesting medicinal marijuana. It can be administered directly to the mouth or added to food.

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