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The endocannabinoid system

To fully understand the physiological effects of cannabinoids, we must first appreciate the role of the endocannabinoid system. Dr Matthijs Bossong, an assistant professor at the University Medical Centre, Utrecht, presents a 5-minute overview of this fascinating and essential system.

Test your knowledge

Which of the following statements regarding the production of phytocannabinoids by the Cannabis sativa L plant is true?

correct!

Phytocannabinoids are secreted in a resin from glandular structures called trichomes, which are predominantly found in female flowers and upper leaves of the C. sativa L plant.1 This resin also contains terpenes, which underlie the distinctive scent and flavour profile of cannabis plants.2 While plant genetics and environmental conditions influence the proportions of different phytocannabinoids,3 only a small number are present in reasonable quantities in cannabis plants4

Learn more – visit our How do cannabinoids work? infographic

References

  1. Pertwee. Handbook of Cannabis. Oxford University Press. 2014
  2. Booth et al. PLoS One 2017;12:e0173911
  3. Potter. Drug Test Anal 2014;6:31–8
  4. Morales et al. Prog Chem Org Nat Prod 2017;103:103–31

INcorrect!

Phytocannabinoids are secreted in a resin from glandular structures called trichomes, which are predominantly found in female flowers and upper leaves of the C. sativa L plant.1 This resin also contains terpenes, which underlie the distinctive scent and flavour profile of cannabis plants.2 While plant genetics and environmental conditions influence the proportions of different phytocannabinoids,3 only a small number are present in reasonable quantities in cannabis plants4

Learn more – visit our How do cannabinoids work? infographic

References

  1. Pertwee. Handbook of Cannabis. Oxford University Press. 2014
  2. Booth et al. PLoS One 2017;12:e0173911
  3. Potter. Drug Test Anal 2014;6:31–8
  4. Morales et al. Prog Chem Org Nat Prod 2017;103:103–31