The Complexities of Cannabis
Aristotle once said that “The Whole is Greater Than the Sum of its Parts”. This is one of the best ways to describe the complicated composition of cannabis. Most people with a reasonable amount of exposure to the science of cannabis recognize that the “active ingredient” is considered to be THC.Did you know that there are actually over 480 organic components that make up the whole cannabis plant? As the study of Marijuana as medicine has developed, scientists thought the best plan of attack was to isolate the main components, those thought to have the greatest benefit, and focus on studying and using these isolated parts of the cannabis plant to develop pharmaceutical applications.
The THC-CBD Connection
Synthetic THC was developed and marketed under the name Marinol. Since it was determined that THC was the most powerful component, surely a pure THC product would render the best result. The surprising truth was that patients preferred using the whole plant, as opposed to the pure Marinol that was offered.
Now, CBD, another component of cannabis, is widely available as a pain remedy, and an alternative to addictive pain medications that become a problem for so many people. Once again, people find this isolated component to fall short of the results obtained through whole plant use. It is actually the combination of THC and CBD that will have the best effect. But, there’s more to the picture.
Don’t Forget to Add the Terpenes
Terpenes are the organic compound that give cannabis its distinctive smell, along with scent variations amongst different strains and varieties of the plant. Several factors can affect the development of terpenes in the cannabis plant, such as soil, weather, maturity. There have been 120 different terpenes found to exist as a component of the cannabis plant.
In addition to giving these cannabis varieties their odor, they interact with the other components to adjust and complement the effects of cannabis, and are an integral part of the experience. Those using CBD oil can now go to a company, and purchase terpenes to drip onto or mix with weed.
Mother Nature Knows Best
As it turns out, science and medicine seem to be overthinking things. It seems that nature has created this wonderful plant that can be used to treat a variety of illnesses, and bring relief to many people who could not escape pain otherwise. In all our infinite wisdom, we’ve decided to extract this component, and that component. Actually, all these 480 components we mentioned at the top of the article are designed to work together as a team to deliver the best result. Nature has wrapped it up in a nice, green, leafy package.