This is especially true if you’re new to cannabis, CBD and hemp. Whereas someone who has been smoking marijuana or taking CBD might be instantly familiar with terms like indica or sativa, for example, a new member of the community might not understand at first.
Thankfully, this is a very welcoming community, with plenty of people to provide answers. Here at Panacea Life, we pride ourselves on making CBD, cannabis and hemp products accessible to as many people as possible. No matter if you’re a cannabis nerd or a curious new user, we want you to feel welcome and safe within this world.
That’s why we’re going to be looking at a commonly queried topic within the cannabis world today. What exactly are cannabinoids, and what do you need to know about them? We’ll be going over common types, categories and things to bear in mind as a user.
What are cannabinoids?
To start off with, what exactly are cannabinoids?
As this handy article notes, the term cannabinoid is an umbrella term that refers to chemical substances that affect the cannabinoid receptors within the body. Mostly, cannabinoids are natural substances that are taken from the cannabis plant- but there are synthetic ones as well.
If you’re unfamiliar with cannabinoid receptors, it’s worth noting that humans have an endocannabinoid system. This network within the body is made up of segments known as cannabinoids, and can affect a number of different things in a person- covering everything from memory and retention, to appetite and sleep.
What types of cannabinoids are there?
As some of you may have seen already, there are countless different substances, compounds and elements making up the cannabis plant. It’s a wonderfully vibrant and complex plant, with many different interesting elements making it up. As this article notes, there are some important categories of cannabinoids to be aware of, which include;
- Cannabigerol. This is one of the rarer cannabinoids within cannabis, as it makes up a very small portion of the plant when it is fully grown. Cannabigerol, or CBG as it is known colloquially, has not been studied as much as other compounds in this list. There are queries over whether it could be anti-inflammatory, but we will have to wait and see.
- Cannabichromene. On the flip side to CBG, cannabichromene is found plentifully within the cannabis plant. As with other cannabinoids, cannabichromene is being studied right now- with potential links to anti-inflammatory, antifungal and antibacterial properties.
- Cannabidiol. Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is one of the most well known cannabinoids. It’s entirely natural, non-psychoactive and very soothing. It’s often used to help with mental health issues or pain relief.
- Tetrahydrocannabinol. This cannabinoid is also known as THC, and it is one of the most well known compounds that comes from the cannabis plant. Tetrahydrocannabinol is the psychoactive compound that leads people to get ‘high’.
- Cannabinol/cannabinodiol. Cannabinol is a lesser-known, psychoactive compound in the cannabis plant. As this post notes, it is most commonly found in aged cannabis. Cannabinodiol is another psychoactive element that can be found in cannabis.
Of course, this list is not exhaustive by any means. There is a plethora of different types of cannabinoids within the cannabis plant, all with different effects and uses.
Other key points to be aware of
A common term that you’ll hear when cannabinoids are being discussed is phytocannabinoids. Phytocannabinoids are the naturally occurring cannabinoids that can be found within the cannabis plant, like CBD.
Endocannabinoid is another common term that it’s worth being aware of. These compounds are not produced within the cannabis plant; in fact, they’re created by the human body in response to internal cannabinoid receptors.
A final category of cannabinoids to be aware of is synthetic cannabinoids. There are plenty of synthetic products, like synthetic CBD for example, but it’s worth being wary of these. Synthetic products can be harmless, but in a lot of cases, they can be quite harmful.
This CDC report highlights the dangers of synthetic CBD products.
Generally speaking, the human body can react in a wonderful way to cannabinoids. If you are going to use cannabis, CBD or hemp, make sure to do your research and only buy verified products from suppliers that you trust.
To sum up
As you can see, the field of cannabinoids is not as complex as it might seem at first.
There are so many different types and subcategories of cannabinoids available, and they all have different effects, purposes and forms. No matter what it is that you’re looking to get out of the cannabis plant, there will be something perfect for you.
It’s worth reiterating the point that synthetic cannabis and CBD products can be quite harmful. There are plenty of unverified, dangerous synthetic products available right now, which is not great at all. Using these products can sometimes lead to physical pain or damage, or even mental health issues in some cases.
Above all, make sure that you are being mindful if you are using any of the substances that we’ve discussed in this blog post. No matter if you’re using CBD oil, smoking cannabis or taking THC supplements, it’s vital that you do your research beforehand. Check out the supplier, read the ingredients and note whether your existing health or medications could be affected.
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