Ever wonder why one type of Cannabis makes you sleepy while another type has an energizing effect? It’s the compounds! Cannabis is home to a diverse array of compounds that are responsible for many of its reported medicinal and recreational effects. In this series, we take a look at the different classes of compounds present in Cannabis and explore their many properties, while examining the necessity of decarboxylation.
Module One: Primary vs Secondary Compounds
The purpose of this course is to understand the difference between primary and secondary compounds in plants. In this lesson, we will provide a basic understanding of element, compound, and molecule. We will use this baseline knowledge to further discuss the difference between primary and secondary compounds in plants, highlighting the medicinal value of secondary compounds.
Module Two: Cannabinoids & Decarboxylation
The purpose of this course is to introduce the most common class of compounds in Cannabis, the cannabinoids. Students will learn how cannabinoids are made and what their properties are. We will also define and explore the process of decarboxylation. This course will allow students to gain a basic understanding of cannabinoids and how we consume them.
Module Three: Terpenes
The purpose of this course is to define, identify and explore the class of compounds known as terpenes. Using the foundational knowledge of chemotype and cannabinoids from prior learning modules, we will dive deeper into why certain strains of Cannabis produce different experiences. We will discuss and interact with the most common terpenes found in Cannabis and each of their specific properties. The information presented in this module will allow students to be able to analyze chemotypic data in subsequent learning modules.
Module Four: Flavonoids and the Matrix
The purpose of this course is to explore the class of compounds known as flavonoids. We will define flavonoids and explore their most common properties, while identifying the most common flavonoids found in Cannabis. With the flavonoids we round out the compounds we know to be in the Cannabis matrix. This allows us to deepen our understanding of the matrix of compounds in Cannabis and how they all play a role in producing the experience felt from consumption.