What Is A Cannabinoid?

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Cannabinoids are the chemical compounds found in cannabis flowers that cause reactions in the human body when consumed.

When you consume cannabis (smoke it, eat it, vape, it, use it topically, etc), the plant’s cannabinoids attach to receptor sites in your brain and central nervous system. The cannabinoid receptor system in is involved in several psychological processes including pain sensations, mood, appetite, and memory.

Different cannabinoids attach to different receptor sites in your brain, which is why different strains of cannabis can make you feel different ways. This infographic explains it pretty clearly.

Greenito Infographic about Cannabinoids

What is a Cannabinoid anyway?

Cannabinoids are the chemical compounds found in cannabis flowers that cause reactions in the human body when consumed. These reactions have been reported to help with several medical conditions including nausea, pain relief, and inflammation.

There are more than 85 types of cannabinoids, which are separated into subgroups. The main way that cannabinoids are differentiated is based on their degree of psychoactivity, or how “high” you get. Cannabigerols (CBG) , Cannabichromenes (CBC), Cannabidiol (CBD, Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), Cannabinol (CBN), Cannabinodiol (CBDL), Other cannabinoids including Cannabicyclol (CBL), Cannabielsoin (CBE) and Cannabitriol (CBT)

How do they work?

When you consume cannabis (smoke it, eat it, vape, it, use it topically, etc), the plant’s cannabinoids attach to receptor sites in your brain and central nervous system. The cannabinoid receptor system in is involved in several psychological processes including pain sensations, mood, appetite, and memory.

Different cannabinoids attach to different receptor sites in your brain, which is why different strains of cannabis can make you feel different ways.

 

What are the most notable cannabinoids and what do they do?

The most commonly known cannabinoids are THC and CBD, but their counterparts are pretty special too.

 

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) – Psychoactive

  • Stimulates appetite
  • Eases nausea
  • Lessens pain
  • Slows inflammation
  • Helps with relaxation
  • Reduces risk of nerve damage
  • Eases anxiety
  • Suppresses muscles spasms and convulsions
  • Controls certain cancer
  • Stimulates new growth in nerve tissue
  • Relieves chronic eye pressure and pain caused by glaucoma and other eye disorders

Cannabidiol (CBD) Non-Psychoactive

  • Reduces nausea and vomiting
  • Suppresses seizures
  • Fights psychosis disorders
  • Lessens inflammation
  • Slows neurodegenerative disorders
  • Combats tumors and cancer cells
  • Lessens anxiety and depression

Cannabinol (CBN) – Psychoactive

  • Helps with insomnia
  • Anti-bacterial

Cannabichromene (CBC) – Non-Psychoactive

  • Eases pain
  • Fights growth of bacteria and fungi
  • Lessens inflammation and swelling
  • Improves mood

Tetrahyfdrocannabiuarin (THCU) – Psychoactive

  • Appetite suppressant
  • Pain relief

Cannabigerol (CBG) – Non-Psychoactive

  • Decreases anxiety
  • Relaxes muscle tension
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Improves mood
  • May inhibit tumor growth

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