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Cannabinoids

Cannabinoids and the human body.

Cannabinoids

Marijuana plants contain natural chemical compounds called cannabinoids; your body naturally produces cannabinoids as well. For example, when you get a runner’s high you are experiencing natural euphoric feelings, caused by cannabinoids. Marijuana mimics responses like this, impacting your body through different cannabinoids, shown below.

Responsible for the central nervous system and psychoactive effects.

Responsible for pain, inflammation, and the immune system.

Cannabinoid receptors react with cannabinoids that enter the body, such as THC and CBD; every marijuana plant contains cannabinoids. When ingested, these connect with the Endocannabinoid system, a system that establishes and maintains human health. 

Cannabinoids and their receptors are found in your…

Receptors found in brain
Brain
Receptors found in organs
Organs
Receptors found in connective tissue
Connective
Tissues
Receptors found in glands
Glands
Receptors found in immune cells
Immune Cells

This communication system includes receptors that connect to all types of cannabinoids, in a lock-and-key effect, for symptom relief. The cannabinoid acts as the key; as it binds with receptors, it unlocks the effects as if they were natural effects. The goal of this system is to maintain a stable internal environment despite fluctuations in the external environment, also known as homeostasis. 

Common Cannabinoids in Heated Marijuana

Marijuana often gets categorized as raw or heated. Raw marijuana is the living plant that is later transformed into heat-activated marijuana. Heat-activated marijuana is the dried, cured marijuana flower buds that contain the sought after compounds of THC, CBD, and CBG.

The following are the common cannabinoids found in heated marijuana.

Psychoactive =

Visual representation of psychoactive effects

Non-psychoactive =

Visual representation of non-psychoactive effects

THC

tetrahydrocannabinol

THC may reduce nausea and anxiety and may have neuroprotective properties.

CBD

cannabidiol

CBD may reduce anxiety, depression, and inflammation and may have immunosuppressive and neuroprotective properties.

CBG

cannabigerol

CBG may reduce depression and may act as a bone stimulant.

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Know your strain.

The strain variances play a huge role in the levels of THC and CBD.

Learn more about the differences between Sativa, Indica, and Hybrid strains.