WHAT IT’S MADE OF
The human body, in its function, is like a tiny, self-sufficient universe, made up of systems that work together to sustain and heal each and every organism. The circulatory system brings blood to different organs, the digestive system breaks down nutrients, and the nervous system transmits impulses between different parts of the body. But there is an unfamiliar system, one that receives llittle-to-no attention, that plays just as an important role in the maintenance of our body’s homeostasis: the Endocannabinoid System.
Marijuana is the common name for Cannabis sativa L, which is a plant that grows naturally throughout temperate and tropical climates. The leaves and flowers from the Cannabis plant contain at least 483 distinct chemical compounds appearing in 18 different chemical classes.
The active ingredients most studied by researchers are Cannabinoids such as THC, CBD, CBC, CBN and CBG. THC is the phytochemical which is responsible for the physical and psychotropic effects that leave the user feeling “high.” Each strain of marijuana contains a different chemical makeup, varying only slightly in chemical compounds. It remains of utmost importance to the Facility to know and understand the quality, content, and potency of each product’s makeup.
The large number of compounds found in Cannabis cover many chemical classes, to include cannabinoids, nitrogenous compounds, amino acids, proteins, enzymes, glycoproteins, hydrocarbons, simple alcohols, aldehydes, ketones and acids, fatty acids, simple esters and lactones, steroids, terpenes, non-cannabinoid phenols, flavonoids, vitamins and pigments.
While most clinical studies have documented the medicinal benefits of cannabinoids, few, if any, have focused on the benefits of terpenes. Yet current research continues to provide us with direct insight into the study of terpenes and their medicinal value, to include their anti-oxidant, anti-anxiety, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and anti-malarial properties. Terpenes do not carry the psychotropic effects that a user experiences with THC, so a patient is able to attain many of the medicinal benefits of the Cannabis plant without the distracting high that may typically accompany certain experiences.