Science

The Science of CBD

How CBD Works

Cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychoactive component of the cannabis plant, has generated significant interest among scientists and physicians in recent years—but how CBD exerts its therapeutic impact on a molecular level is still being sorted out.

Terpenes and the "Entourage Effect"

Cannabis terpenes interact synergistically to create what scientists refer to as an “entourage effect” that magnifies the therapeutic benefits of the plant’s individual components—so that the medicinal impact of the whole plant is greater than the sum of its parts.

The Endocannabinoid System

Research on marijuana’s effects led directly to the discovery of a hitherto unknown biochemical communication system in the human body, the Endocannabinoid System, which plays a crucial role in regulating our physiology, mood, and everyday experience.
CBD receptors illustrated

Single Compound vs. Whole Plant CBD

A groundbreaking study has documented the superior therapeutic properties of whole plant CBD-rich cannabis extract as compared to single-molecule CBD.
A stethescope and cannabis leaf on an aqua background.

Cannabis and the Immune System: A Complex Balancing Act

A new wave of research points toward cannabinoids having an adaptive, immunomodulating effect, rather than just suppressing immune activity.
Cannabis genotyping and gene sequencing

Sequencing the Cannabis Genome

The Massachusetts-based company Medicinal Genomics has sequenced the entire genome of Cannabis sativa L. The announcement received much attention. But how will it impact research and public health?
Radula liverwort moss on a wet branch.

Cannabis: Gateway to Herbal Medicine

The human endocannabinoid system (ECS) is so named because it responds to cannabis compounds.