There are more than 80 active chemicals in a marijuana plant, but some are more important than others. The big two are the cannabidiols, colloquially known as THC and CBD, which are where the bulk of the medical (and, um, recreational) effects come from. Terpenes are what give marijuana flavor—it’s what makes Orange Crush taste and smell different than your Vanilla Kush—and are present in many other plants. Due to federal restrictions, most of the studies into medical marijuana are being carried out in other countries, but the DEA’s recent announcement that they are taking steps “to increase the lawful supply of marijuana available to researchers” will hopefully facilitate more scholarship stateside.
Amber Sampson | Vegas Seven