20.04 International Weed Day with Felipe Velasquez from Silversquare Stéphanie

How 20 April became the "Weed day"?

April 20, or 4.20, is kwown as « Weed Day » because the date corresponds with a numerical code for marijuana.

Why do we want to introduce you Felipe Velasquez, a member at Silversquare Stéphanie?

No, he is not a smoker! 🌼😉
He works in this industry and we wanted to learn more about his project for FCM Global.

FCM Global is a biotech company that provides high-quality-cost-efficient organic cannabis extracts to final product manufacturers in the pharmaceutical, cosmetic and wellness industries.

Cannabis, also known as Marijuana, has a 6,000 year history of human use dating back to ancient empires such as Rome, Egypt, and China. However, since becoming illegal in the early 20th century due to its intoxicating properties, it’s fair to say the knowledge gap has broadened as to the plant’s uses and potential.

After decades of restricted access and stigma, the tide is turning back towards what our ancestors discovered long ago. Now, Medical Cannabis is legal in most European, North American and Latin American countries. Millions of patients rely on medical cannabis today, with Canada and Israel paving the way in cannabis research in areas like pain, sleep, gastrointestinal, mood and neurological disorders. 

There are over 750 compounds found in the plant, including at least 104 cannabinoids. THC is the cannabinoid you are likely most familiar with (it’s the psychoactive one and the one that gives you the “high”), but another cannabinoid that is being intensely studied is CBD – a non-psychoactive medicine that has wide applications to several diseases. While THC and CBD are the two major cannabinoids, there are a few lesser-known cannabinoids which also play important roles: Cannabichromene (CBC), Cannabigerol (CBG), Cannabinol (CBN), Tetrahydrocannbivarin (THCv), and Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCa). In different combinations, they work together with terpenes – aromatic oils that are present in most plants – to provide relief for a variety of aliments.

How does it work?, we all have an endocannabinoid system which is common to all mammals. The endocannabinoid system is a network of receptors and compounds found within the brain, connective tissues, immune cells, and glands. Cannabinnoids (THC, CBD, CBG, etc) fit like a “lock and key” into receptors existing within the human body, known as “bindings”. These series of receptors are a part of the endocannabinoid system, which impacts physiological processes affecting pain modulation, memory, and appetite, plus anti-inflammatory effects and other immune system responses.

Back in the day, typically only dried cannabis flower was used. However, consumption methods have evolved into three broad categories today: ingestion (edibles or beverages, tinctures or sprays, and capsules), inhalation (smoking, vaporising, and/or dabbing concentrates), and application (transdermal patches and topicals like balms offer localised relief through a controlled dose).

Each of these methods have their own pros and cons, but in the end, they all offer the medical cannabis patient with a wide variety to choose from.

Lastly, besides being an organic product and more in line with your body, medical cannabis is contributing to society by providing new opportunities in agriculture and creating new jobs in farming, chemistry, engineering, operations and retail word wide.

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