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Nick Jikomes

Nick is Leafly's principal research scientist and holds a PhD in neuroscience from Harvard University and a B.S. in genetics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has been a professional cannabis researcher and data scientist since 2016.

Most popular articles

CBD (cannabidiol): What does it do and how does it affect the brain & body?

Learn the science behind cannabidiol (CBD) and the brain, and find out how it’s able to provide such a broad range of potential medical benefits.

Nick Jikomes - October 10, 2016

Is Smoking Cannabis Bad for You?

Discover what is known about the potential risks associated with cannabis smoke, including how it affects cardiovascular and lung health.

Nick Jikomes - November 28, 2016

A list of major cannabinoids in cannabis and their effects

Cannabis produces a variety compounds known as cannabinoids. Here we list the major ones, such as THC and CBD, and some of their potential effects.

Nick Jikomes - March 24, 2017

What is the endocannabinoid system and what is its role?

Learn more about the endocannabinoid system including how it interacts with cannabinoids to help produce cannabis effects and its role in our bodies.

Nick Jikomes - December 12, 2016

How to Assess THC and CBD Levels in Cannabis Strains and Products

How much THC or CBD does your favorite cannabis product contain? Learn different ways you can estimate levels of these cannabinoids in products.

Nick Jikomes - March 22, 2017

Articles contributed to Leafly (by most recent)

Leafly Insights: What CBD Strains & Products Are Consumers Looking For?

We dug into the data to find out how cannabis consumer demands have shifted in the last year. Spoiler alert: They want more CBD.

Nick Jikomes - November 15, 2018

Cannabis Study: How THC Affects Learning and Memory at Different Ages

A 2017 study looked at the impact of THC on memory in young vs. older mice. Learn more about the findings and what it could mean for future research.

Nick Jikomes - June 13, 2017

Rick Doblin of MAPS Talks Medical Cannabis Trials and a Possible Legalization Timeline

We caught up with Rick Doblin to discuss MAPS-funded medical cannabis clinical trials and his thoughts on the end of federal prohibition.

Nick Jikomes - May 18, 2017

A list of major cannabinoids in cannabis and their effects

Cannabis produces a variety compounds known as cannabinoids. Here we list the major ones, such as THC and CBD, and some of their potential effects.

Nick Jikomes - March 24, 2017

Predicting Cannabis Strain Effects From THC and CBD Levels

Learn how you can potentially predict how a cannabis strain will affect you from the THC and CBD levels and the ratio of cannabinoids in the product.

Nick Jikomes - March 23, 2017

How to Assess THC and CBD Levels in Cannabis Strains and Products

How much THC or CBD does your favorite cannabis product contain? Learn different ways you can estimate levels of these cannabinoids in products.

Nick Jikomes - March 22, 2017

Peak THC: The Limits on THC and CBD Levels for Cannabis Strains

Learn more about the limits on THC and CBD levels in cannabis strains, and find out if growers will continue to pack more power into their plants.

Nick Jikomes - March 21, 2017

How Strain Genetics Influence THC:CBD Ratios

Learn how the THC:CBD ratio in cannabis influences a specific strain's effects, and find out how that ratio is connected to the strain’s genetics.

Nick Jikomes - March 20, 2017

Get Ready for Leafly’s Cannabinoid Week

Get ready for Cannabinoid Week, a series of articles that explore how THC and CBD interact and also shed light on lesser known plant cannabinoids.

Nick Jikomes - March 17, 2017

Here’s What the National Academy’s Medical Cannabis Report Actually Says

The report found that cannabis has legitimate medical applications, contradicting the federal government's hardline position.

Nick Jikomes - January 13, 2017