The federal government has been researching marijuana for decades, and we don't really know what exactly they're looking for or have found. But now we know they're looking at things other than THC and CBD.
The federal government is hiring researchers to look at cannabinoids besides THC and CBD and other terpenes in cannabis to see if they have an effect on treating pain. There are around 110 cannabinoids and 120 terpenes, and the federal government will supposedly be studying all of them.
“The mechanisms and processes underlying potential contribution of minor cannabinoids and terpenes to pain relief and functional restoration in patients with different pain conditions may be very broad,” the notices state. “This initiative encourages interdisciplinary collaborations by experts from multiple fields—pharmacologists, chemists, physicists, physiologists, neuroscientists, psychologists, endocrinologists, immunologists, geneticists, behavioral scientists, clinicians, and others in relevant fields of inquiry.”
Other studies have been conducted on how other cannabinoids produce medical benefits, although they are far less documented than THC and CBD. Some influence pain, while others are anti-inflammatory or have other effects. So this may be the first study by the federal government that will actually provide a stronger understanding of how cannabis works.
And knowing how minor cannabinoids work will also help people figure out what types of cannabis to consume in order to treat their various medical conditions.
(h/t Marijuana Moment)