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The Never Ending Pursuit of Specialized Cannabis Knowledge in Terpenes .

June 26, 2019
The Never Ending Pursuit of Specialized Cannabis Knowledge in Terpenes .

The Never Ending Pursuit of Specialized Cannabis Knowledge in Terpenes

-        Will there ever be an end to the research into how terpenes and cannabinoids interact?

By the mid-20th century, the stigmatization of cannabis had taken over the country. Reefer madness was spread through video, newspapers, radio, magazines, and word-of-mouth from misinformed people. The propaganda ran so deep through the American culture that it became highly illegal. Its use carried stiff penalties, its cultivation and distribution even stiffer. People are still behind bars today for using cannabis, in fact.

Meanwhile, the cannabis industry, both medicinal and recreational is exploding. Its use is legal in Canada and a majority of the states in America. Amsterdam has long-established ‘coffee shops’ and Barcelona is filled with ‘social clubs.’ Despite the legal advancement of cannabis across the world over the past few decades, its illegality has kept research from expanding as fas as it might have.

Thankfully, the most-trusted establishments, like the European Parliament and the World Health Organization, are beginning to acknowledge the medical benefits of cannabis. So, what does this mean for research into cannabis? On its face, it seems like good news for cannabis advocates. But, what’s the potential of world-recognized organizations endorsing medical cannabis?

Cannabis Research Will Be Incredibly Complex

When the masses think about cannabis, they might be able to say something about it containing THC and CBD. Beyond that, cannabis-talk becomes wonkier. In fact, if cannabis only contained THC and CBD, it would be much easier to understand and study. By only needing to separate out two factors, tests and experiments could be more easily focused. However, cannabis has far more than two important compounds. This means that scientific research becomes far more complex.

For example, cannabis contains well over 100 cannabinoids, not just THC and CBD. Since researchers are highly interested in ‘the entourage effect’ that cannabis offers, there’s a limitless number of combinations of cannabinoids to be examined.

Of course, it’s already the subject of much curiosity. However, its research has been stifled by a lack of funding and researchers unwilling to explore it. Thankfully, some brave scientists have spent decades pushing through the remaining stigma to build evidence. Until recently, it didn’t seem to be getting traction with the biggest and most important entities. Now, the stigma is quickly relaxing. With the expectation that research will soon rapidly evolve, let’s take a look at what the research currently says about terpenes and cannabinoids.

Current Research Into Terpenes and Cannabinoids

An interesting article was published in December of 2018 in Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research that looked into the anti-inflammatory aspects of terpenes. Even without combining them with cannabinoids, the researchers showed that terpenes from cannabis can be “used to relieve acute inflammation.”


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