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The simple answer to the question of how science has helped cannabis is that, more than anyone or anything before or since, science has loaned cannabis a sense of legitimacy. Until science stated, simply and clearly, that specific cannabinoids unquestionably helped with the symptoms associated with some illnesses, much of the criticism levelled at the plant for the better part of a century stopped.

With that silence, a new era of hope, advancement and prosperity has become the reality for cannabis – a once maligned, and misunderstood, entity. While the list of items science has given cannabis to help change is image is extensive, the conversation of outright legitimacy would be impossible with the roots of research and medical cannabis.

Where cannabis culture did a fair job of promoting the plant, it has been scientific research and researchers that have in large part, specifically in recent years, opened up the eyes of the populace to the prospects cannabis possesses. In the context of isolated molecules, concentrated cannabis products and new delivery methods, science has served to grow the culture into verified industry.

In the context of isolated cannabis molecules, there has been a keen interest devoted to this area of research recently. In fact, some researchers sung the praises of cannabis with no limit to therapeutic potential of the thousands of molecules found in the various components of the plant. According to one paper cannabis is, “a treasure trove of phytochemicals and a rich source of both cellulosic and woody fibers.”1

Consumers specifically have science to thank for the plethora of cannabis products that now pilot the space. The research conducted in pharmaceutical labs, academic institutions and research and development labs at commercial cannabis companies has truly allowed cannabis culture to take flight, and form a viable industry. These new products include concentrated oil and edibles, most of which have labels fitted with lab-tested data, including variety and cannabinoid content. 

The most obvious example of where science may prove to help cannabis is in the development of new delivery methods. Already, consumers can communicate with cannabis in sophisticated new forms, like vaporizers and softgels, but science continues to push the envelope of the options – lozenges, inhalers and transdermal patches – that patients and recreational users have at their disposal. 

  1. Cannabis sativa: The plant of the thousand and one molecules. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4740396/

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