Cannabis, also called marijuana, is a plant that is consumed for its medical and recreational benefits. It is considered psychoactive due to various mental and physical effects that occur in the body after it is smoked, vaporized, orally consumed, or topically applied. Cannabis contains 483 known compounds, with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) being the most well-known.
Despite being federally illegal in the U.S., cannabis is one of the most popular recreational substances.
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Cannabis science is one of the fastest moving frontiers medicinal sciences in the world. The pharmacology behind it has been accelerated by the realization that we’re all already marinated in cannabis-like molecules (endocannabinoids) and their receptors.
Endocannabinoids help regulate many physiological processes such as your mood, memory, appetite, pain, immune function, metabolism, and bone growth to name a few. Consuming cannabis also modulates this endocannabinoid system in many ways. The effects can be benevolent, although sometimes problematic.
Understanding the science behind cannabis is a key factor in being able to fully enjoy its medicinal value.
People have been using cannabis as medicine for thousands of years. The plant has also been widely used clothing, fuel, food, fiber, and medicine.
Cannabis contains more than 120 different cannabinoid molecules. But, as far as we know, only one gets you high: THC. The plant itself contains a huge amount of cerebral, non-intoxicating THC cousins with emerging medicinal potential. Their abbreviated names are often: CBD, CBG, THC-V, CBC, and CBN to mention a few.
Data Last Updated 06/05/2023
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