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What are cannabinoids, and what do they do?

Posted on May 03 2020

What are cannabinoids, and what  do they do?

     Cannabinoids are chemical compounds found in cannabis flowers. The most well known cannabinoids are CBD & THC, however there are at least 85 cannabinoids in cannabis flowers. There has been a lot published about the medicinal effects of THC & CBD, but as more research is being done, we are discovering the benefits that can be found through the use of other cannabinoids as well.  

What do cannabinoids do, and how do they do it?

During the late 80's / early 90's, it was discovered that humans have something called an endocannabinoid system.  This system basically regulates a variety of systems like sleep, mood, memory, and reproduction. pain regulation, and appetite.  

     There is still a lot of research that needs to be done regarding the endocannabinoid system, but scientists believe that when there is a deficiency in our endocannabinoid system unpleasant symptoms and physical complications occur.  When cannabinoids are consumed they attach to various endocannabinoid receptors throughout the body and  body.  When this happens various symptoms or issues are resolved.  

      To use cannabis to address medical issues, we need to know the "jobs" of the various cannabinoids. That way, we will know which cannabinoids we need depending on the issue we are trying to correct. Take a look at the wheel below to see which cannabinoids help with specific issues.  

     More research is needed to study the effects of specific cannabinoids, but more and more people are reporting the positive effects that they are experiencing every single day.  Unfortunately, as of now, only citizens who live in specific states are able to take advantage of medicinal marijuana, which doesn't seem very fair or constitutional.  Hopefully that will change sooner than later. 





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