While individual components of the cannabis plant likely exert therapeutic effects, evidence is mounting that these compounds work better together than in isolation: This is called the “entourage effect.”
“In the early 1960s, a young postdoctoral student stumbled onto something that puzzled him. After reading the literature on cannabis, he was surprised to see that while the active compound in morphine had been isolated from opium poppies 100 years before and cocaine isolated from coca leaves around the same time, the active component of marijuana was still unknown. This simple observation launched his life’s work . . . ” Read the full article here.