If you are like most Americans, when you hear the word cannabis, marijuana, or hemp you probably think about THC, but as it turns out that is only a small piece of the puzzle. Some of the effects that we have associated with THC can be credited to Terpenes, the compounds that create the smell associated with most flowers and plants. They are why one strain of marijuana can cause you to clean the house, where another will get you binge watching your favorite TV show. Understanding that the cannabis plant is not all about a schedule I drug called THC is important if you want to realize the many and varied healing properties of the cannabis plant. When I first heard of CBD, I really could have cared less, but that’s because I knew nothing about it. I was further turned off by people’s zealot like attitude toward cannabis. Little did I know that studying the chemistry of cannabis would completely open my mind to it and other aromatics–think essential oils, who’s healing properties I had always regarded as near-quackery. Oops! Luckily, the key to not being a dumbass is knowledge!
Here are some informational links on this topic that will also give you an idea about some of the nuanced treatments of which cannabis is capable: