Sep 29, 2019
All About Cannabinoids
Cannabinoids are chemical compounds that occur naturally in cannabis. When consumer, these compounds interact with the human endocannabinoid system, which helps you regulate the processing of physical and mental sensations.
Delta-9 Tetrahydrocannabinol, also known as THC, is the chemical compound in cannabis that’s psychoactive. It is the thing that can get you “high.” THC also offers possible therapeutic uses, including pain relief, relaxation, helps with sleep, can simulate your appetite and more.
Cannabindiol (CBD) is the most common non-intoxicating compound in cannabis. Research has shown that CBD may be helpful in treating a number of conditions, including pain, migraines, PTSD, ADHD, anxiety and more. CBD can also counteract the psychoactive effects of THC.
Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA) is the cannabinoid that becomes THC through a process called decarboxylation. THCA may share some of the therapeutic benefits of THC but has no psychoactive effects.
Tetrahdrocannabivarin (THCV) is similar to THC but is usually only present in trace amounts. THCV is not psychoactive and while THC is generally an appetite stimulant. THCV can act as a suppressant to some.
Cannabidolic acid (CBDA) becomes CBD through a process called decarboxylation. CBDA is studied for its anti-proliferative effects.
Cannabidivarin (CBDV) is very similar to CBD and is found in higher levels in certain indica strains. It is currently being studies for its anti-convulsant effects, which may have a benefit to those who suffer from epilepsy.
Cannabigerol (CBG) has no psychoactive effects but has been researched for its ability to relieve pain and inflammation. It may also act as a mild antibiotic.
As THC oxidizes, it releases cannabinol (CBN). CBN has mild psychoactive effects but may contribute to feeling groggy after consuming some strains of cannabis. It is thought to have analgesic properties.
Cannabichromene (CBC) is rare and usually only present in tiny amounts. It may, however, have some anti-depressant effects.