Cannabinoids & You
Cannabinoids are naturally occurring compounds found in the cannabis flower, a plant with a rich history of usage in the neuropathic industry that dates back thousands of years.
Today, researchers from a variety of disciplines are tapping into how these molecules function on the biological level so that we may better benefit from their diverse properties.
Cannabinoids interact differently with the body's endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS has numerous receptors that interact with three different types of molecules:
naturally occurring signaling molecules produced by your body
naturally occurring compounds in cannabis plants that function similarly to the endocannabinoids
made in the lab to mimic cannabinoids
The cannabis plant produces over 100 cannabinoids, each having its unique attributes and biological function. While each can be useful individually, researchers have found cannabinoids enhance one another when taken together, causing the entourage effect.
Cannabidiol, more commonly known as CBD, is one of the most widely known cannabinoids derived from the hemp plant. Clinical studies suggest that it has broad value in interacting with the body's endocannabinoid system. CBD, a cannabis derivative, does not present intoxicating effects as it binds to the endocannabinoid system's CB1 receptors weaker than its counterpart, THC.
Cannabigerol, also known as CBG, has been commonly called the "mother of all cannabinoids" as it is a precursor molecule for all other phytocannabinoids. CBG works by binding to CB1 receptors, strengthening the function of anandamide, an endocannabinoid. Anandamide plays a role in enhancing pleasure and motivation, alleviating pain, regulating our appetite and sleep, and more. CBG is also nonintoxicating like CBD.
Cannabinol, also known as CBN, was the first cannabis compound isolated from a cannabis extract in the late 1800s. The molecule seems to function similarly to CBD, as it readily stimulates CB2 receptors. It is mainly found in cannabis that has been stored, aged, and oxidized. CBN is becoming well known for its research in sleep studies, though scientists have only begun to scratch the surface with this cannabinoid.
The FDA has not evaluated any claims that cannabinoids can prevent, diagnose, mitigate, treat or cure serious diseases.