What you don’t see are cannabinoids: the chemical compounds found in cannabis. [perfectpullquote align=”right” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]They are uniquely responsible for the seemingly limitless variety of experiences and feelings that we get when consuming cannabis.[/perfectpullquote]
When people think of marijuana, they imagine a magical green plant, with its long stalks, star-like leaves, and unmistakable aroma. But what’s really going on inside?
People like to know the ingredients of the food they put into their body every day, so why not learn about the magical ingredients that are behind Mother Nature’s botanical gift?
Here is a breakdown of what cannabinoids are, and why they are so important.
The (many) magical cannabinoids found within cannabis
You’ve probably heard of THC, the cannabinoid responsible for the “high” we associate with smoking marijuana. Another one of the more well-known cannabinoids is CBD, which has been a focus of research in recent years for its medicinal and healing properties.
Here is where it starts to get crazy. There are over 100 different cannabinoids found in cannabis! Many of these are not as well-known or documented as THC or CBD. That’s partly because they exist in such small levels within the plant.
Mother Nature’s best-kept secret?
Cannabinoids enable a limitless variety of pleasurable experiences and better health. They do so by interacting with our brain’s neurotransmitters. When we smoke, vape, or eat cannabis; CBD bind to different receptor sites within our brain — each site producing a different reaction.
It’s important to recognize the magical compounds behind what makes our experiences with cannabis so special. These compounds are responsible for providing us with incredible feelings: from uncontrollable laughter to deep relaxation, from pain-relief to anxiety-control.
Although the more well-known and identifiable cannabinoids like THC and CBD have received more and more attention and scientific research, many cannabinoids still remain a mystery to both scientists and consumers.
Marijuana’s Schedule I classification by the federal government, unfortunately, plays a big role in the limited amount of research, and therefore lack of knowledge on cannabis and CBD in general.
As marijuana continues to gain more legitimacy for its medicinal and recreational value, hopefully, cannabinoids will receive the scientific research and love that they deserve.