What Are Cannabinoids?
by Chris Tam
A year ago
What Are Cannabinoids?
Cannabinoids are important compounds in the cannabis plant. They are what provide the plant’s effects in the body. Without cannabinoids, there wouldn’t be much benefit to using the cannabis plant. Not all cannabinoids are psychoactive. The cannabis plant has 85 known cannabinoids.
Most Prominent Cannabinoids
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) are the two primary cannabinoids. THC provides psychoactive effects.
It is important to pay attention to THC concentration and strain lineage. Too much THC may not be ideal for those with anxiety and paranoia disorders. Researching the lineage of a strain will help you understand the expected effects, what medical conditions you may be able to help and what, if any, negative side effects to expect.
A CBD-rich cannabis strain helps reduce strong psychoactive effects, so you are still helping your body but aren’t feeling as high.
The Endocannabinoid System
Every mammal has an endocannabinoid system. It wasn’t discovered until the late 1980s due to restrictions on research. The brain makes cannabinoids naturally, but is sometimes incapable of creating enough natural cannabinoids. The endocannabinoid system works in conjunction with your central nervous system and helps regulate multiple functions in the body like mood, appetite, sleep, pain and mobility.
When a deficiency is present, the body reacts adversely. This means that a lack of cannabinoids may cause you to feel more physical pain, it may lead to depression or even mild insomnia. By introducing natural cannabinoids via medical or recreational cannabis, you can help put your endocannabinoid system back in sync with the rest of your body.
Important Cannabinoids Often Ignored
Much of the cannabis industry focuses on just THC and CBD but there are other important cannabinoids that deserve a little recognition too. Cannabichromene (CBC) is rarely discussed but plays an important role in the body. In some strains, it can be more present than CBD.
If you need to reduce symptoms of a specific health condition, or just need to relax socially, it is ideal to research the cannabinoids in each strain before you purchase it. Purchasing strains or products that contain the cannabinoids your body needs helps your overall wellbeing and general health. In terms of CBD, even if you don’t have a medical condition, it is still hugely beneficial for your body in terms of general health.