Cannabinoids (e.g., THC and CBD) are the chemical compounds secreted by cannabis flowers that provide relief to an array of symptoms including pain, nausea, anxiety, and inflammation. These work their medicinal magic by imitating compounds our bodies naturally produce, called endocannabinoids, which activate to maintain internal stability and health. To put a complex system simply, they mediate communication between cells, and when there is a deficiency or problem with our endocannabinoid system, unpleasant symptoms and physical complications occur. When cannabis is consumed, cannabinoids bind to receptor sites throughout our brain (receptors called CB-1) and body (CB-2). Different cannabinoids have different effects depending on which receptors they bind to. For example, THC binds to receptors in the brain whereas CBN (cannabinol) has a strong affinity for CB-2 receptors located throughout the body. Depending on a cannabis product’s cannabinoid profile, different types of relief are achievable.
This regular misting—paired with the plastic dome or sheeting that you’ll keep over the plants—should help you maintain a fairly constant, humid environment.
Whether you take this medicine as smoke, tincture, edible, or topical salve, we hope it brings you peace and healing.
Next Steps: Rooting Hormone and Growing Medium
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After I harvest, I offer the plant some compost tea or comfrey infusion in thanks. It’s a small act of courtesy and respect, honouring the interconnectedness of all life, with sincere gratitude.
Before You Start…
In my experience, growing cannabis plants from cuttings is far more effective than growing from seed. Seeds can be fussy, and you might spend a ton of money on them only to have them fail to germinate.
You’ll know that roots have formed when you start to see new vegetative growth starting. This is when you can transplant the cuttings into a larger container. Plant cuttings generally don’t like to be handled or transplanted often, as it can make them go into shock.
Marijuana or Cannabis Sativa is a perfect species for asexual propagation (i.e. propagation via cuttings). To clone your favourite cannabis plant you need the following basic material:
How to make cannabis cuttings
1. Cut the cuttings from the mother plant, preferably using only the apical tips, and cut the lower leaves and the tips of the upper shoot to prevent it from dehydration. Then place them in a container with tap water.
Clones develop nicely in all types of substrate (Picture: Brett Levin)