We have all heard the word “cannabinoid” but do you know what they are or what they do? They are in every hit of that joint you take, so you should know at least a little bit about them, right? Cannabinoids aren’t that complicated, despite their complexity, so let’s get into it.
WHAT ARE CANNABINOIDS
Cannabinoids are chemical compounds found within the cannabis plant. When a person consumes cannabis, these chemical compounds work individually and together to produce the effects that we all know and love. How do cannabinoids work though? What are a few of those cannabinoids anyway?
HOW CANNABINOIDS WORK WITH THE BODY
Did you know that your human body is a super complex machine? Well, it is, heads up. One of the (best) components of that incredible machine is an endocannabinoid system.
Just like the nervous system (which it works really closely with), the endocannabinoid system is present throughout the entire body with receptors in diverse locations. Endo means “internal” and cannabinoid, as mentioned above, means a chemical compound in the cannabis plant. Which means that from birth your body has its very own, built in system to accept cannabinoids from the cannabis plant. Weird, random and extremely lucky for all of us. When you consume cannabis, there are receptors throughout the body that sort of “accept” the cannabinoids you ingest and that is how you feel stoned and get “medicated” as it were.
Ultimately, there are a lot of cannabinoids found in cannabis – but we don’t have all day, so lets get down to business. Here is a quick snapshot about 3 of our favorite cannabinoids.
The most famous of all the cannabinoids, THC is likely not a new concept to you, dear reader. It is the cannabinoid that receives the most attention and for good reason. Medically, THC potentially helps a variety of conditions including Alzheimer’s, cancer,
THC is the compound the creates the feeling of being “high” and is heavily sought after by cannabis consumers. In prohibition states you get what you get, but in legal states many dispensaries will report average THC percentages for guests to browse before purchase.
THC percentages aren’t all there is to cannabis though. There are those other cannabinoids too…
CBD is most well known for its medical properties, having gained notoriety for helping children with seizures disorders to temper or even eliminate their seizures. It produces zero of psychoactive effects associated with THC. When CBD is isolated and consumed, your body will receive the benefits of this cannabinoid and your mind will remain clear and collected.
The legality of CBD is a little bit of a grey area – but for now you can find a variety of lotions and oils that might help what ails you.
CBN doesn’t form all on its own, it forms as a result of THC going bad. As THC degrades in a cannabis bud it turns into CBN. So if your dispensary displays CBN percentage, you want to try and find one with a low CBN level. This cannabinoid isn’t totally useless though – it can provide assistance as a sedative, helping those with insomnia and more.