Cannabis is part of the plant family Cannabaceae. This small family consists of flowering plants that likely originated within the Northern Hemisphere's temperate regions, but has evolved and spread worldwide. Besides cannabis, the Cannabaceae family includes two hop species, whose female flowers are used for making beer. The leaves of hop plants share their palmate (finger-shaped) form with cannabis. This might begin to explain the rapid growth of microbreweries designing craft beers and entrepreneurs in the hemp industry growing towards all-natural remedies.
Cannabis is a truly multipurpose plant. Its extraordinarily strong fibers are used to make hemp cloth and paper for thousands of years.
For example, the Vikings used hemp to make sails for their ships to voyage from Scandinavia to Nova Scotia. Betsy Ross sewed the first United States flag from hempen cloth. The American Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper, and Deutsche marks - now obsolete German currency - were once printed on hemp paper. In the Netherlands, windmills were often built to crush hemp stalks.
Cannabis's potential as a food source is likely what first drew early attention.
Cannabis seed (hempseed), strictly speaking, a nut rather than a seed - is exceptionally rich in polyunsaturated fats, essential fatty acids, and proteins. This composition qualifies the seed as a functional food (that is, a food that can benefit a person's health in ways other than purely nutritional). Indeed, hempseed has been used in Asian cultures as both a food and medicine for three millennia. Despite the sweeping American prohibition of cannabis products, hempseed is permitted in the United States for use in food over the last two decades following a successful lawsuit against U.S. regulators.
Cannabis resin's utility as a drug due to its cannabinoid and terpene content has encouraged breeding that favors the plant's resin production.
Breeding for increased drug production has produced a range of cannabis drug chemotypes regionally around the globe, with most cultivars producing only large amounts of only THC, a few cultivators growing THC and CBD, even fewer making large amounts of CBD alone, and an incredibly small number of cultivators primarily expressing CBG, CBC, or the propyl variants THCV and CBDV. We at Keola Life are proud to be at the forefront of the hemp industry, formulating products with limited ingredients to be the most effective within the body.
The body produces its own cannabinoids in the form of endocannabinoids.
By contrast, phytocannabinoids are produced by the cannabis plant in the form of carboxylic acids: THCA, CBDA, etc. Upon heating through smoking, vaporizing, cooking, or even being stored at room temperature for a reasonable length of time, these phytocannabinoid acids are converted to their chemically neutral and more widely known forms: THC, CBD, etc., through a process called decarboxylation.
For much of the last 100 years, a handful of cannabinoids were thought to be the only active pharmacological constituents of cannabis.
But over the last decade, researchers have tried to understand why users claim that different varieties of herbal cannabis appear to produce differing medicinal or psychoactive effects. One explanation of the variation is a synergy between cannabinoids and each other, plus the interactions of cannabinoids and other components of cannabis's essential oil called terpenoids or terpenes.
It is now believed that cannabinoids and terpenes, acting in concert, are responsible for the differences in medicinal and psychoactive effects produced by cannabis varieties, called the "entourage effect." When fully understood, the importance of synergies among phytochemicals creates what is characterized as an herbal "shotgun" of effects instead of the "magic bullet" associated with single molecules in conventional pharmaceutical formulation.
When you use products from Keola, you will know that they work and are of the purest form to effectively and efficiently be used within the body for its intended purpose while maintaining the efficacy established by state and federal government.