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article imageMedical marijuana already available throughout U.S.

By Robert Weller     Jan 18, 2014 in Health
Denver - For more than a year medical marijuana has been available online throughout the nation from websites. Just call it hemp, not weed.
What is causing the confusion about its status is that the medicinal variety can be produced from hemp, not marijuana plants.
Don’t count on buying it in a dispensary in Denver, even where recreational marijuana became legal on Jan. 1. The clinics still require marijuana cards, even for products with no THC. But there are websites based in California and Colorado that will sell the hemp-based variety and mail it to you.
“One of the wars against the war on drugs has been won and that means Americans everywhere now have access to medical marijuana in this government-approved form. The government had to approve it because it has virtually no THC, that particular cannabinoid that gets people high. So believe me, the FDA, DEA and FTC have all yielded and it will show up at your door if you order the newest/oldest medicine on the planet,” says the Dr. Sircus website.
On television, “60 Minutes” and Dr. Sanjay Gupta on CNN have explained the difference between THC and CBD. The former gets a user high, the latter is not psychoactive.
When California legalized medical marijuana in 1996 the news focused on THC.
Some hemp medicinal marijuana product producers claim they have developed a strain with virtually zero THC and 21 percent CBD.
Wikipedia reports that THC is only one of 85 “cannabinoids” in the plant.
It depends on how the plant is cultivated and whether much of each cannabinoid, including CBC or THC will be present.
In recent years growers have begun paying more attention to the hemp variety. Balms, salves, and tinctures are available, for example.
Last year Colorado farmers began growing the first U.S. hemp crops in nearly 60 years. Although the nation has been importing hemp, because of its close association with marijuana, no permits have been issued to allow its harvest.
A total of 46 varieties of hemp with low levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are certified by the European Union. They have, unlike other types, a very high fiber content of 30-40 percent. In contrast to cannabis for medical use, varieties grown for fiber and seed have less than 0.2 percent THC, and they are unsuitable for producing hashish and marijuana. The most important cannabinoid in industrial hemp is cannabidiol (CBD) with a proportion of 1 to 5 percent,” according to Wikipedia.
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