Cannabinoids are the active chemical compounds in the cannabis plant that primarily contribute to the plant’s effects in consumers. More than 100 different cannabinoids have been discovered, including tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), cannabidiol (CBD), and cannabigerol (CBG). Cannabinoids produce effects by interacting with receptors in the body’s endocannabinoid system after being consumed.
A cannabis product’s cannabinoid content will determine the effects it produces.
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Cannabis science is one of the fastest moving frontiers medicinal sciences in the world. The pharmacology behind it has been accelerated by the realization that we’re all already marinated in cannabis-like molecules (endocannabinoids) and their receptors.
Endocannabinoids help regulate many physiological processes such as your mood, memory, appetite, pain, immune function, metabolism, and bone growth to name a few. Consuming cannabis also modulates this endocannabinoid system in many ways. The effects can be benevolent, although sometimes problematic.
Understanding the science behind cannabis is a key factor in being able to fully enjoy its medicinal value.
People have been using cannabis as medicine for thousands of years. The plant has also been widely used clothing, fuel, food, fiber, and medicine.
Cannabis contains more than 120 different cannabinoid molecules. But, as far as we know, only one gets you high: THC. The plant itself contains a huge amount of cerebral, non-intoxicating THC cousins with emerging medicinal potential. Their abbreviated names are often: CBD, CBG, THC-V, CBC, and CBN to mention a few.
Data Last Updated 06/05/2023
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