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White Cannabis sativa flowers with serrated leaves
Cannabis sativa
Cannabis sativa ( Marijuana)

Originating from Central Asia, particularly around the northwest Himalayas, this ancient herbaceous plant has woven itself into the fabric of human history. With an adaptability that has seen it spread across the globe, it now thrives in many regions. The primary common name for this species is either marijuana or hemp, depending on the context of use. It is a source of textile fiber, and its medicinal properties continue to be explored and utilized today. The compounds derived from its cannabinoid pathway have been shown to have significant health benefits, offering anti-cancer, anti-diabetic, and neuroprotective effects. Specifically, cannabinoids have been found effective in managing nausea and vomiting induced by chemotherapy, certain rare forms of epilepsy, chronic pain, and symptoms associated with multiple sclerosis, among other conditions. It serves as a source for mood enhancement. Its seeds also find their way into various food products, thanks to their nutritious profiles. In certain areas, it's flagged as an invasive species. Photographed in Quindio Colombia.

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