Cannabis needs to be broken down in terms of compounds so we can better understand what part of Cannabis is responsible for the "high" and the "health benefits".
So, Cannabis is made up of Cannabinoids. These can be split into 3 main compounds.
THC or Tetrahydrocannabinol
This is the part that gives you the "high" or psychoactive element of Cannabis. The higher the THC level, the stronger the effect.
CBD - Cannabidiol
CBD is the 2nd compound and is the one to show the most health benefits. CBD is not mind altering. In fact the job of CBD is to counter the THC effects. The plant basically has a balance system built in. CBD tries to balance the "high" of Cannabis and stops the user from getting "too high".
CBD is found to help with so many ailments, illnesses and diseases. Used for thousands of years and documents in ancient scripts such as the Hindu Vedas and Chinese scriptures for it's medical use, benefits and well being properties.
Terpenes are a large class of organic compounds that are produced in a various plants and fruits. Mangoes for example share a terpene with certain Cannabis strains. Which is why some strains are named with Mango as they are known to smell or taste a little "mango-ish".
These terpenes are also responsible for the known healing effects of cannabis. Different terpenes will help with different ailments.
So when we say for example, Granddaddy purple helps with stress, depression and pain. When tested the cannabis content will have more terpenes that match those symptoms.
You can find more information on Terpenes, the types and healing properites on our blog here.