All living things in nature produce a wide array of organic compounds that are not essential for living processes, but contribute to other aspects of their ecology and survival, often by mediating interactions with other organisms. These compounds are called secondary metabolites. This newsletter explains what secondary metabolites are present, and what you might know them from.
Despite this initial acceptance of cannabis in modern times, things started to change quickly. With the prohibition of cannabis in the 19th to 20th century, ironically started by the country whose declaration of independence was signed on hemp paper, scientific research on the plant was made practically impossible.