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Does the Smell of Cannabis Change its Effects? (With live chat)


A study was recently published that explores whether the molecules that give cannabis all of its various smells actually have their own effects—in addition to, or in combination with—cannabinoids like THC and CBD. We’ll talk about what experiments they conducted, what they found, and what it might mean for how we can apply this knowledge when applying cannabis for medical conditions.

Cannabis sativa terpenes are cannabimimetic and selectively enhance cannabinoid activity: https://www.nature.com/articles/s4159

Cannabinoid receptors and the endocannabinoid system: signaling and function in the central nervous system: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti

Cannabis, cannabinoids, and health (how many cannabinoids are in cannabis?): https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti

Cannabis Pharmacology: the usual suspects and a few promising leads: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science

I’m a PhD in neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania, and I think of this kind of like office hours with a teacher where you can discuss anything you find interesting.

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