Top 5 Cannabinoids and What They're Used For

Did you know that there are well over 100 cannabinoids in marijuana?  To fully enjoy the wellness benefits of the best CBD products, it helps to understand more about cannabinoids. Contained in the trichomes or crystals of the plant, cannabinoids make the flowers look glittery.  They’re in the stems and leaves, too. To understand how cannabinoids work, we need to understand our own body.

We’re made up of an intricate network of systems that integrate together to help us thrive and survive.  We couldn’t function without our nervous system, which provides stability through impulses sent to the body to help regulate how things work.  The endocannabinoid system is located within the nervous system, sending impulses to the portions of our body that control memory, pain response, mood, immune function, appetite, sleep and muscle activity.  Chemicals that bind to nerve receptors impacting those zones, cannabinoids moderate these signals.

Cannabinoids can fall into three categories:  endocannabinoids which are produced by our body, phytocannabinoids which are produced by plants and synthetic cannabinoids. When our body needs cannabinoids due to a lack of our own caused from a result of cancer, genetic abnormalities or surgery, medical cannabis supplements can help aid the body and make up for the missing canabinoids. 

Here are the some of the main cannabinoids as well as the benefits they provide to our bodies:

CBD is well-known and constantly growing in popularity, thanks to the wellness benefits that it provides.  The body’s immune system contains CB2 receptors which are impacted by CBD and is used to help relieve anxiety as well as help with pain, inflammation, seizures and muscle spasms. It is non-psychoactive and will never cause euphoria.

THC is one of a handful of cannabinoids that contains psychoactive properties and can cause a high when ingested.  By working on CB1 receptors in the immune system and brain, THC stimulates a flood of dopamine, our feel good hormone.  THC has been proven affective to helping cancer patients deal with the side effects of treatment including pain, nausea and appetite loss.

CBG is harder to find. It is produced as the plant grows but is only found in limited amounts in mature plants.  Known as the “mother” cannabinoid, it turns into other cannabinoids like THC or CBD. Non-psychoactive before being processed, it is helpful in developing into high-CBD or high-THC strains and is promising for possibly treating glaucoma, inflammation and bladder issues.

CBC is also non-psychoactive and shows promise as an anti-inflammatory drug and works well with THC due to the ensemble effect.  It may stimulate bone growth and stop tumor growth plus it has antifungal and antibiotic properties.

Delta-8-THC is less psychoactive and may be able to kill cancer cells, shrink tumors and help stimulate appetite as well as help with the side effects of radiation and chemo.

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