If you’re a regularly consume pot then you’ve most likely heard about Cannabinoids. But what is it and does it have a negative or positive impact on your cannabis consumption experience?
Let’s find out!
Cannabinoids are active compounds that can be found in cannabis. Around 480 natural components can be found a cannabis plant, but only 66 of them are seen as Cannabinoids. One of the most popular Cannabinoids includes delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol or THC which is responsible for the high that is delivered by consuming cannabis.
You need to keep in mind that Cannabinoids tend to have an effect that’s easily moderated by the influence of other components. Also, there are multiple Cannabinoid subclasses that you need to be aware of, which include:
How do Cannabinoids affect you?
What you have to keep in mind about Cannabinoids is that they affect the weed consumer simply by interacting with specific receptors in the nervous system. There are 2 types of Cannabinoid receptors named CB1 and CB2.
The effect of each Cannabinoid will differ based on what brain area they interact with. The interactions will appear in the mesolimbic pathway and the limbic system. Sometimes, these interactions will also have an impact on pain perception. In fact, that’s why some people have a much easier time dealing with pain when they are under the influence of cannabis.
Are there any differences between Cannabinoids?
Yes, and these are determined based on the extent of their psychological activity. THC, CBDL, and CBD are known to be psychologically active, whereas Cannabinoids like CBD, CBC and CBG don’t have any properties like that.
CBD is maybe the most popular one out of all Cannabinoids, as it can be found in around 40% of the entire cannabis resin. It’s very good at lowering the psychoactive effects of THC, but at the same time, it can also help you cope with anxiety. This is why most medical cannabis products are focused on harnessing the CBD benefits, as you get amazing results without coping with many psychoactive effects.
THC’s air exposure can lead to oxidation, and that’s when you will get CBN. This has only a very weak psychoactivity, so there’s no major interaction with other cannabis compounds. Also, this is the reason why unused cannabis that was left out to dry will lose its potency. Ideally, you want to store cannabis properly before consumption, otherwise its overall potency can be greatly reduced.
Cannabinoids are very diverse, and they can have a huge impact on the potency, value, and taste of each cannabis plant. That’s why most cannabis strains are carefully studied to ensure they have the right amount of Cannabinoids for each customer!