Terpenes, or terpenoids, are chemicals produced by plants that are responsible for the different flavors and aromas of cannabis strains. Plants produce terpenes to protect themselves from predators or to attract pollinators. In combination with cannabinoids, such as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD), terpenes are thought to enhance the health benefits of cannabis. Terpenes help us differentiate the different strains of cannabis through scent, as the combinations are all unique.
Many terpenes that are found in cannabis are also found in other plants and products that we already consume. For example, linalool is a terpene that can also be found in lavender and provides anti-anxiety effects. Pinene is another terpene that is found in rosemary and is thought to provide an invigorating effect and improve mental alertness.
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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 05/22/2023
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