The Terpenes in Cannabis

Some Cannabis users describe the psychoactive effects of C. Indica and Sativa as distinctive, even opposite. Are they really? Beyond reports  by users, is there a clear evidence for  “pharmacologically” different cannabis species? There are, biochemically,  distinct cannabis strains, but the sativa / indica distinction, as commonly applied in secular literature, is a total absurdity …

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Cannabis: Origins, genotype, taxonomy, chemotypes

THE ORIGINS OF CANNABIS Studies and scientific researches converge on the fact that cannabis was, for the first time, found on the Asian continent therefore we’ll take this notion for granted. Cannabis is native to Central Asia and perhaps the foothills of the Himalayas. Converging lines of evidence exist, including a centre of biological diversity, …

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Hermaphroditism, causes, origins and curiosity

Hermaphroditism or monoicism is the phenomenon by which an individual of a given species can reproduce both male and female gametes simultaneously or subsequently. Etymologically, the term hermaphrodite derives from Hermaphrodite, a character from Greek mythology son of Hermes and Aphrodite who, having merged with a nymph, appeared to possess physical traits of both sexes.A hermaphroditic …

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Strain Hunting in Lebanon 2019

The trip to Lebanon was fantastic. Lebanon is a great country and up to few years ago it was called the Switzerland of the Middle East where lots of rich people would have their bank accounts… The food is of high standards, great quality, a perfect mix of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine. It is …

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How to select a variety of Cannabis

How to select a variety of Cannabis Selecting a “personal” type of Cannabis takes time and patience. Selecting means above all choosing and therefore excluding. Let’s see what is best to select, choose and what should be excluded. First of all we must start from the parents, and we know, if we want healthy, robust …

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Cannabis in the Greek world

The Greek World In ancient Greece, hemp was probably already used in Dionysian rites and, as J.L. Brau says, everything suggests that it was also used in the Eleusinian liturgies to reveal to the initiates the arcana of the myth of Demeter. The priests, who bore the name Eumolpidae (= singers of beneficial melodies), were …

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Northern Africa: Egypt and Morocco

Northern Africa: Egypt and Morocco A good example of cultural imperialism towards cannabis culture is provided by Napoleon, who during the Egyptian campaign published a proclamation in which he ordered that: 1) The use of the drink that some Muslims prepare with hemp, and the smoking of hemp flowers are prohibited throughout Egypt. Those who …

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From Landraces to the present day. The Importance of starting from seeds grown outdoors

It is called ‘landrace’ or ‘ecotype’, a variety of Cannabis that constitutes a group of populations that in a very long period of time have adapted to the environmental conditions of a given region, or a portion of territory that has a defined microclimate and characteristics. The natural selection, the climatic conditions, the nature and …

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The Plasticity of Cannabis Genome

How do plants adapt themselves to a new environment? We often ask ourselves the problem of having to grow plants whose original habitat is very different from what we are able to offer them: narrow grow boxes with artificial lights or a small balcony disguised in the city. The soil changes, the climate, the waterings …

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BLACK AFRICA

The Zulu chiefs put a handful of hemp into the ground, rest a piece of dry and burning dung on it, cover it all with earth, make two holes with their fingers on the sides, and place themselves on the ground one after the other make a couple of inhalations, holding smoke in the lungs; …

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