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The low down
Medical cannabis contains a variety of powerful compounds, which interact with your endocannabinoid system (ECS) to produce a broad range of effects. The two most important are terpenes and cannabinoids, which work together (in what’s called the entourage effect) to affect the ECS.
Hard to pronounce, but easy to understand
The real magic makers
Terpenes are aromatic oils that give medical cannabis its taste and smell, as well as contributing to its therapeutic and medicinal effect. You’ll recognize many of them not by their name, but by the other places you’ve found them—in the items you use every day.
Not as hard as it sounds
Put plainly, a medical marijuana “strain” or “cultivar” is a variety with its own unique characteristics—often due to the unique mix of cannabinoids and terpenes they contain. Some produce balanced effects, while others lean in one direction.