More than 700 chemical compounds are produced within the cannabis plant.
Phytocannabinoids account for at least 66 of the chemical compounds found in cannabis. ▵9THC—delta-9 tetra-hydrocannabinol—is the most well-known cannabinoid, and is responsible for the plant’s psychoactive effect or “high.” CBD (cannabidiol) and CBN (cannabinol) are more recently identified cannabinoids that have been shown to work synergistically with THC to produce therapeutic benefits. Unlike THC, CBD and CBN have no psychoactive effect.
The science of cannabis is evolving rapidly, and new studies are revealing more and more about the plant’s amazing properties. Many therapeutic benefits are now thought to come from terpenes.