- Ben Fuchs
As it turns out, potheads may be keeping themselves healthy and high at the same time. That’s because marijuana is loaded with active medicinal plant compounds. Generically called cannabinoids, (THC, the stuff in pot that causes cannabis’s characteristic intoxication is most well-known of these molecules) they are responsible for many of the effects associated with smoking or eating the evil weed and desired by dopers. These phytochemicals are little chunks of protein (peptides) that mimic a family of substances called endocannabinoids that are naturally found in the human nervous system and they have become the latest darlings in the world of brain biochemistry.