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Why Florida's Only Legal Medical Marijuana Strain Is Called Charlotte's Web

Charlotte's Web is a strain of cannabis that is not named after the classic E.B. White novel, and it will not get you high. So let's get those two things out of the way.

According to Leafly, it contains less than 0.3 percent THC. The cannabis flower sold legally in Colorado contains an average of 18.7 percent THC.

The strain was developed by Jared, Jesse, Joel, Jon, Jordan and Josh Stanley (a.k.a. "The Stanley Brothers"), who were experimenting with crossbreeding marijuana and industrial hemp.

So why do consumers want this weak weed? Because it also has high cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychoactive chemical compound that could have numerous medical uses. That's why it's the only strain that's legal in Florida.

In 2014, Governor Rick Scott signed a bill allowing patients suffering from severe epilepsy and cancer to use oil extracted from Charlotte's Web for treatment. In November 2015, Florida announced that its five prospective growing sites will cultivate Charlotte's Web exclusively.

The Stanley Brothers named it after Charlotte Figi, a Colorado girl who suffers from intractable epilepsy. In 2011, Charlotte was only five years old, but she was having an average of 300 seizures per week and none of her medications were working. Her parents made the controversial move to try medicinal cannabis.

When the seizures stopped, Charlotte changed the conversation on the value of medicinal cannabis for patients of all ages. The Stanley Brothers honored their famous client by naming their new strain after Charlotte. The "web" comes from the plant's distinctly thick "webbing" of trichomes.

h/t Leafly, NBC News, Wired, Miami Herald, CNN, Cannabis Culture


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