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Introduction to Cannabinoids

To quote The Economist: “If (Marijuana) were unknown, its discovery would no doubt be hailed as a medical breakthrough. Scientists would praise its potential for treating everything from pain to cancer and marvel at its rich pharmacopoeia; many of whose chemicals mimic vital molecules in the human body.”

Whole plant cannabis contains hundreds of compounds, which differ from strain to strain and even from batch to batch.  Cannabinoids including THC, CBD, CBG, THCV, CBN, and CBC may be present in varying concentrations, along with terpenes and flavonoids which are responsible for the taste, smell, and many additional therapeutic effects. There is cannabis that will make you hungry, and cannabis that will curb your appetite and help maintain blood sugar. There is cannabis that fixes anxiety, and cannabis that causes it. Most of these differences are accounted for by the varying concentrations of cannabinoids and terpenes (and the ratios between them, since they often work synergistically), and the rest are unique to your own body chemistry.  We’ve included our Cannabinoid Reference Chart down at the bottom of the page.

We encourage everyone to learn about the fascinating science of cannabis. Following are three of our favorite sites for well-researched information. Leafly in particular is an excellent reference; they collect detailed strain reviews and aggregate the data in an engaging and informative reference. Project CBD is a fantastic resource covering much more than just CBD, and Medical Jane’s Cannabis Classroom does a great job of making research understandable to the layperson.

leafly.com

Strain Database

projectcbd.org

CBD & cannabis science

medicaljane.com

Cannabis Classroom

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