Cannabis 101: A Q&A with UC San Diego Health’s cannabis experts

It seems like everywhere you turn cannabis or cannabis derivatives can be found. From ingredients in coffee and smoothies to being marketed as medicine, a cannabis craze seems to be sweeping the country. Since 2000, UC San Diego School of Medicine’s Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research and its affiliated researchers have been studying marijuana and its derivatives, their effects on mind and body and their therapeutic potential.

We asked experts to cut through the hyperbole and haze to answer some burning questions.

What is the difference between CBD and THC?

Answered by Igor Grant, MD, chair of the Department of Psychiatry at UC San Diego

Cannabis is the botanical name for marijuana and contains many chemical compounds. It is believed by researchers that there are more than one hundred different cannabinoids or chemicals present in cannabis. One of the most important ones is tetrahydrocannabinol, or TCH.

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