Ask 420: What are Cannabinoids?

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When we talk about medical marijuana, we refer to cannabinoids a lot. Here’s a reminder or reference of what they are. Cannabinoids are simply put, a group of active compounds found in marijuana. Marijuana contains different compounds, but this group is the most important for many reasons.

Cannabinoids are responsible for how marijuana interacts with the body, and the reason why medical marijuana works so incredibly well for alleviating so many symptoms of so many different medical conditions.

Out of the 85 cannabinoids, two stand out: tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). THC, known for its psychoactive properties, is the reason you feel buzzed after ingesting marijuana. Your brain creates its own set of cannabinoids — similar to those found in cannabis — via the endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system, named after Cannabis sativa, is responsible for many important functions, such as appetite, sleep, emotion and movement. [Leaf Science]

Cannabinoids work by interacting with receptors within different parts of your body (like the central nervous system). Cannabinoids work to active two types of receptors, CB1 (central nervous system) and CB2 (immune system). This explains why so many conditions associated with these bodily systems can be eased with the use of medical marijuana.

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