Here's an intro to the "phytochemistry" of cannabis for your reading pleasure.
We've frequently mentioned that raw cannabis will not get anyone high – until it is "decarboxylated." You could eat an ounce and get a big increase in your endocannabinoid count, but you would not get a THC high, because the chemical in THC is in the chemical form of THC-A (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinolic acid) in raw cannabis.
[Note: we are not recommending people eat ounces of raw cannabis. We simply don't have the science on that in front of us, to whatever extent it's even been systematically studied.]
But this article examines how cannabinoids like THC-A (and CBD-A, etc.) come to be made in the plant in the first place, and then how the most commonly use process of converting them into THC (Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD, etc. (the aforementioned decarboxylation, e.g.) works to unleash many of their effects on our bodies.
The article also describes how cannabis is cured whether into smokeable forms or into edibles.
Fascinating stuff to canna-nerds like us!
Learn all about the decarboxylating cannabis and the internal Process of THC Formation in marijuana