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Cannabis

Rank: Genus

Genus of three closely related species, often hybridized.

Cannabis is dioecious, i.e. individual plants are either male or female. The female plant is the more potent, especially when unpollinated (hence sinsemilla = without seed).

The plant has an ancient relationship with humankind, and has long been cultivated as a source of medicine (the buds), fiber (the stalks), and food (the seeds). It has been found in neolithic Chinese archaeological sites, and is mentioned in the earliest Chinese pharmacopoeias. In India it is associated with Shiva and has played an important role in religious life as a sacred inebriant.

Botanical SuffixLinnaeus
HabitatNative to Central Asia, now found worldwide.

Isolated Chemicals:

Concentration varies greatly by strain

Preparations:

  • Bhang
    A beverage made from the plant material of Cannabis spp.
  • Blunts
    Marijuana rolled in tobacco, commonly the wrapping from a cigar.
  • Hash Oil
    Oil, often extremely potent, extracted from the psychoactive parts of the cannabis plant by various means.
  • Hashish
    The pressed resin glands of Cannabis buds, collected by shaking over a fine screen.
  • Marijuana
    The flowering tops (buds) and occasionally leaves of the cannabis plant, commonly smoked.

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Created 3/15/2000 21:18:24
Modified 2/1/2001 1:05:28
Leda version 1.4.3