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Truth of Hemp and Cannabis

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Let's Get it Straight...

Cannabis, a sub-species of the mulberry family, is a plant which basically has three different varieties, which over the years has been called by many names. I'll tell you a little about each of the cannabis varieties and how they have been used for thousands of years by our ancestors. You may also find it interesting that Hops (yes, from where we get beer) is a close relative and it, too, belongs in the Cannabaceae family.

Anciently, Cannabis is thought to have originated in Asian regions and to have been taken throughout the world and cultivated from there. Stated simply, Cannabis sativa seems to have thrived at lower altitudes and in warmer climates whereas Cannabis indica was cultivated at higher altitudes and in cooler climates. A more wild plant, Cannabis ruderalis, can grow almost anywhere and is very valuable for its wide variety of uses.

Cannabis ruderalis, or Hemp, as it was called, was so important to America, that it was required to be grown by farmers before prohibition began in 1937. The story of outlawing the Hemp plant is an interesting one we'll have to tell on our story page. Be sure to check back for that!

Uses of the Cannabis Plant

Cannabis Sativa and Indica

These two varieties of Cannabis have been widely used throughout the centuries and around the globe for many types of ailments. Dr. Tod Mikuriya, medical cannabis specialist, categorized over 200 ailments into several broad categories...

Anti-nausea/Appetite Stimulant


Analgesic (Pain relief)

Anti-inflammatory/Immune System Modulator


Harm reduction substitute for alcohol, opiates, and other dangerous drugs

Miscellaneous Applications

Specific Ailments

Coming Soon!

State Medical Marijuana Laws

I'm a patient and caregiver in the state of Colorado, but here's a link to a site that'll tell you about all 14 states with Medical Marijuana laws.

State by State Laws

Cannabis Ruderalis (Hemp)

This plant has fibers so strong they can be woven into rope and fabric, it can be made into paper, Henry Ford molded it into a plastic type substance and made a car, houses have been built from it and much, much more.


Header imageMarijuana is one of the least toxic substances in the whole pharmacopoeia. - Professor Lester Grinspoon, Harvard Medical School