What are Cannabinoids?
Long stigmatized, cannabis is finally receiving respect for its medicinal qualities. With the advance of modern science, we’ve been able to research and understand the compounds of the plant.
But how exactly does it interact with our bodies? Why do you feel so much better after taking it? How does cannabis heal?
It’s all about the cannabinoids.
“Cannabis is the single most versatile herbal remedy, and the most useful plant on Earth. No other single plant contains as wide a range of medically active herbal constituents.”
– Dr. Ethan Russo, Cannabinoid Research Institute
Cannabinoids are natural chemical compounds in the cannabis plant. It is through processing cannabinoids that we experience the array of potential benefits and effects from cannabis.
Phytocannabinoids are cannabinoids naturally created and found in plants.
CBD (Cannabidiol) is a cannabinoid. Increasingly popular as people discover the health benefits for themselves and their pets.
The most well known is THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), responsible for the psychoactive “high” many associate with cannabis. Cannabinoids are often differentiated on their degree of psychoactivity.
THCV (Tetrahydrocannabivarin) is another psychoactive compound that’s been discovered with medicinal properties, and can act as an appetite suppressant.
Mammals produce cannabinoids within our own bodies – referred to as endocannabinoids. These impact biological processes.
Endocannabinoid System (ECS)
All mammals, including humans, have an endocannabinoid system (ECS) that processes cannabinoids. This is a neurotransmitter network within the body that is always working and communicating to achieve balance. This balance is known as homeostasis: maintaining a stable internal environment despite fluctuations in the external environment.
While only discovered in 1988, the amazing ECS is vital to overall health. The system allows communication and coordination between different cell types. This means cannabinoids can affect and regulate other bodily systems including the immune, nervous, and digestive systems.
ECS has a significant impact on well-being. It influences energy levels, stress, appetite, mental focus, memory, pain, inflammation, sleep, etc.
Cannabinoid receptors are an integral part of the ECS. While the cannabis plant can interact with these receptors, the biological purpose of these receptors is to receive endocannabinoids from the brain.
There are two different types of receptors – CB1 and CB2.
CB1 binds primarily to the brain and nervous system.
CB2 binds largely with the immune system.
CBD stimulates the body’s ability to self-heal. Because all mammals have the ECS and cannabinoid receptors, CBD can benefit both humans and animals.
CBD has a plethora of health benefits without the psychoactive effects of THC. Its primary effects on the ECS are incredibly beneficial, because they line up with major endogenous pain control systems.
Research has shown that it can aid a wide range of ailments, including chronic pain, epilepsy, arthritis, diabetes, anxiety, depression, and much more.
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AUTHOR: Charlotte Wilson