Study Finds Skunky Substances in Weed Might Be Healthy
Scientists finally know what’s behind the skunky aroma of cannabis, and no — it’s not their terpenes!
Namely, it’s a group of sulfur-containing molecules that researchers believe can be as beneficial to our health as cannabinoids or perhaps even better!
So far, science has identified over 200 chemicals that partake in creating the unique aroma of each cannabis strain; the main “culprits” being terpenes. In short, these compounds are responsible for the flowery, fruity, citrusy, pine, and other pleasant-smelling notes of marijuana — hence why they’re the most famous marijuana compounds after cannabinoids.
However, this time, a team of researchers went on looking for the source of marijuana’s pungent scent.
In the study published in the American Chemical Society Omega, researchers collected and analyzed the smelliest of weed flowers and hemp extracts specifically for that purpose.
The results showed that the skunky-smelling compounds contained sulfur and were classified as prenylated Volatile Sulfur Compounds (VSCs). What’s fascinating is that these VCSs are quite similar to the VCSs found in garlic, based on their chemistry.
And similarly to how these molecules found in garlic are responsible for a plethora of beneficial effects, medical researchers hope that VCSs in cannabis can do the same.
For instance, this includes anti-inflammatory, microbial, antiviral, and antifungal effects, in addition to preventing the formation of cancer cells — like in the case of a certain 80-year-old lung cancer patient.
In the above-mentioned case, scientists are still unable to pinpoint the exact molecule or molecules behind this extraordinary effect. Hence, we can deduce that these might, in fact, be the newly-found VCSs.
Meanwhile, medical cannabis and CBD have long been prescribed to cancer patients to help them deal with pain and nausea. Moreover, a recently-identified cannabinoid helps cancer patients overcome cachexia (wasting syndrome).