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What are Cannabinoids?

Ask anyone on the street- a user or not- what Cannabis is and they’ll be able to tell you right away. What about “cannabinoids”?

Chances are you may not be as familiar with this term. It is important to understand what they are and how they impact the body. So, to provide a better understanding, we discuss the three types of cannabinoids and the endocannabinoid system.

What are Cannabinoids?

Marijuana and hemp contain cannabinoids- thus the term, cannabis. Cannabinoids are what provides the high feeling to users of marijuana or hemp. These are the substances that react with your endocannabinoid system. Natural Cannabinoids are broken into one of two kinds: endocannabinoids and phytocannabinoids. Endocannabinoids are the type of cannabinoid that naturally occurs in the human body. If the cannabinoid comes from a plant, like hemp or marijuana, they are phytocannabinoids.

Synthetic cannabinoids are the third type of cannabinoid. These are created in laboratories and are not naturally occurring. As they are not naturally occurring they can be much more dangerous to the body. AMB-FUBINACA is a synthetic cannabinoid that is 75x more potent than THC. Synthetic cannabinoids can especially cause anxiety or paranoia in addition to reducing the brain’s functioning abilities.

What is the Endocannabinoid System?

The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) regulates some of your most critical bodily functions including: learning and memory, emotional processing, sleep, temperature control, paint control, inflammatory and immune responses, and eating. The body’s brain, organs, connective tissues, glands and immune cells all contain ECS receptors.

Your CB1 Cannabinoid receptors actually outnumber many other receptor types that are in the brain. There are cannabis like molecules that float around in the brain. Consuming D8, HHC, or THC overpower and hijack the natural molecules produced by your body. Small doses of cannabinoids from cannabis (marijuana or hemp) can signal that the body needs to make more endocannabinoids and to build more cannabinoid receptors. The more receptors one has, the more sensitive they are to the cannabinoid affects. This can explain why some users claim they “do not feel anything” their first time consuming edibles (or drinking seltzers).

For more information, Harvard University explains in further detail The Endocannabinoid System: Essential and Mysterious.”

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