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Chemistry: Cannabis Science

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What is Cannabis?

Cannabis, also known as marijuana, is a psychoactive drug harvested from Cannabis plants. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD) are the substances within cannabis that are primarily responsible for altering a person's mental state. Medicinal and recreational marijuana use has been legalized in many states and is a growing industry for agriculture, chemistry, and marketing.

              A model of the chemical structure of tetrahydrocannabinol

Tetrahydrocannabinol from Wikimedia Commons

       

             The chemical structure of Cannabidiol

Cannabidiol from Wikimedia Commons

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