What are Cannabinoids?

What are Cannabinoids?

Cannabinoids are chemical compounds found within the cannabis plant and each one connects with the Endocannabinoid system, which are receptors within our brain called CB1 (throughout brain and body) and CB2 (throughout gastrointestinal and immune systems) to provide different effects and benefits in the body.

THC - Tetrehydrocannabinol. One of the more popular cannabinoid compounds found in cannabis that is accountable for the euphoric and relaxing high. This compound activates our CB1 receptors that provide happiness, larger appetites and many other psychological effects.

CBD - Cannabidiol. This compound is almost as well known as the THC compound, but both chemical compounds affect our endocannabinoid system in different ways. CBD is known for the medical benefits it provides, without experiencing a high or psychoactive effects. Since CBD binds best with CB2 receptors, it cannot activate CB1 receptors but can lower the chances of THC activating it, which is why a 1:1 oil ratio are perfect for medical benefits.

CBG - Cannabigeral. You've possibly heard of THC or CBD, but may not know of the CBG compound. CBG is an interesting cannabinoid since it is the parent of THC and CBD. As the plant matures, some of the CBG compounds break down into either THC or CBD. Although small amounts of CBG are found in cannabis strains, the medical benefits provided have been known to help inflammation within the entire digestive tract and provides absolutely no psychoactive affects.

CBC - Cannabichromene. Just like the THC and CBD, CBC is derived from the compound CBG. CBC binds with other receptors in the body such as TRPV1 and TRPA1, which helps block pain throughout the human body. Other studies have showed cannabichromene to be another great compound to combat inflammation and others who suffer from neurological disorders.

Overall, all these compounds can help the human body in so many ways. How cool is it that our body has a system to naturally work with cannabis in such a beneficial way?