The definition of cannabinoids is, “The chemical compounds secreted by cannabis flowers that provide relief to an array of symptoms including and not limited to nausea, anxiety, inflammation, and pain.” These chemical compounds imitate endocannabinoids, which are naturally made in the body! Cannabis contains at least 85 diverse types of cannabinoids. Each of these cannabinoids have different effects, depending on which receptors they bind to in our bodies.
- THC binds to cannabinoid receptors in the brain.
- CBD binds to cannabinoid receptors located throughout the body.
THC and CBD are the most common cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. THC stands for tetrahydrocannabinol, and CBD stands for Cannabidiol. They each have very different medical benefits and qualities.
- Is Psychoactive. This is the quality that affects your mind, mood, or other mental processes.
- May cause feelings of anxiety and paranoia.
- Is responsible for sleep-inducing effects.
- Is Non-psychoactive. This means it does not affect the mind or mental process.
- Counteracts anxiety from THC. Can also reduce anxiety alone.
- An antipsychotic, which can reduce the psychosis-like effects of THC. Currently being tested as a treatment for those suffering from Schizophrenia.
- acts to promote wakefulness.