SHARE

If you’re interested in what gives cannabis its psychoactive and medicinal effects, then checking out the scientific breakdown might be for you. Here’s a look of some of the major chemicals in cannabis and what they do.

 The Chemicals in Cannabis and What They Do

The Chemicals in Cannabis and What They Do

By The Stoner's Cookbook

Ever wonder where the medicinal and psychoactive effects of cannabis come from? Here's a quick overview of the chemicals that are involved. In the name of science, of course.

  • Flavonoids

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    Some flavonoids (cannaflavins) are exclusive to cannabis. Most are considered to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and could potentially help prevent cancer and other major diseases.

  • THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol)

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    Other cannabinoids, in addition to THC, have medicinal or psychoactive elements, but THC is definitely the most prevalent. But only around 15-50% of the THC in a joint gets to the bloodstream!

  • CBD (Cannabidiol)

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    CBD lacks psychoactive affects and doesn't really interact with the body’s cannabinoid receptors. Though it still has anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety, sedative and neuro-protective properties.

  • Terpenoids

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    Terpenoids produce that unique aroma and flavor of cannabis, and they offer significant medicinal effects. These aromatic chemicals are also found in pine trees, citrus flora and odoriferous plants.

  • CBN (Cannabinol)

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    Another common cannabinoid is CBN, which is more or less a byproduct of the chemical breakdown of THC. It lacks the strong psychoactive/medicinal qualities of THC and is usually found in degraded bud.

SHARE