The acceptance and interest in cannabis as a “miracle” compound are in an upward trajectory. As the cannabis industry blooms and soars, so are questions and genuine concerns about marijuana. Cannabis possesses several active ingredients known as cannabinoids. Among more than the hundred cannabinoids identified in weed, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) are the most utilised in the sector.
THC and CBD have many medicinal and wellness benefits attributed to them, although the evidence backing these claims is insufficient. THC is mentioned when talks on cancer, seizures or epilepsy, chronic pains, and some other disorders arise, but it has its share of controversy. It is psychoactive – gets consumers “high” or “stoned” when ingested.
What is a Feminised Cannabis Seed?
The female gender or species comes to mind whenever we hear feminise. And this is not any different when cannabis is involved. Feminised cannabis seeds are a result of biotechnological advancement and genetic engineering.
Feminised cannabis seeds are genetically reworked to become female plants. Like normal cannabis seeds, feminised seeds can be grown in greenhouses, indoors, or outdoors. With feminised seeds, all the plants produce buds, rich in cannabinoids, thus, resulting in a high yield.
The production of feminised seeds in the late twentieth century (around the 1990s) transformed cannabis farming and set in motion the 21st-century cannabis industry, a multi-billion-dollar industry.
Why Use Feminised Cannabis Seed?
Growing a normal cannabis seed (or non-feminised) gives a 50:50 chance of having either male or female plants. The male plants are not economical because, unlike the female plants, they do not grow buds and flowers, rich in CBD, THC and other cannabinoids.
The male plants reduce the yield when they pollinate the female plants. Thus, having the male plants can be advantageous during breeding but not vital in growing for recreational or medical purposes.
Medical Benefits of THC Feminised Seed
Anti-inflammatory Properties: Inflammation is a serious issue in societal healthcare because it is implicated in numerous disorders. THC is reported to be effective in the treatment of pains as it interferes with cytokine and chemokine secretions by reducing them.
Anticancer Activity: THC feminised seeds have potent anticancer capacities, which are attributed to the cannabinoid content, especially THC. THC exerts its anticancer effect by mechanisms such as apoptosis (planned cell death) initiation, blocking blood vessels’ formation in tumor cells, and prevention of metastasis (spreading of cancer cells).
Anticonvulsant Effect: THC feminised plants which contain other cannabinoids like CBD are well admired in treating seizures. Although CBD is non-psychoactive and displayed a more precise anticonvulsant effect in animal samples, both CBD and THC have anticonvulsant properties and are potent against seizures and epilepsy.
Treatment of PSTD: Post-traumatic stress disorder (PSTD) is a mental disorder associated with psychiatric patients and veterans. Agitation, severe anxiety, depression, insomnia, nightmares, and social isolation, all of which are symptoms of PSTD can be treated by cannabis. The treatment ability of PSTD by marijuana is derived from THC.
Pain Relief: THC from cannabis is a potent pain reliever. It is helpful on muscle, joint, or nerve pains. THC acts by interacting with the central nervous system to prevent the brain from receiving pain signals.