What is a Cannabinoid?
A cannabinoid is a chemical compound found in plants and the human body. Plant cannabinoids are known as phytocannabinoids, and cannabinoids made by mammals are known as endocannabinoids. You may have heard of a few popular phytocannabinoids, such as THC and CBD which are found in the cannabis plant, along with over 100 more like CBG & CBN.
Cannabinoid receptors (microscopic connectors where cannabinoids interact with the body) are found most concentrated in the central and peripheral nervous systems. While the human brain has the most known cannabinoid receptors, the heart, adrenal glands, male & female reproductive organs, lungs, bone marrow, and tonsils also have receptors. Humans are not the only ones with endocannabinoid systems since your dog & lizard have them, too! Read more about Pets and CBD
How Does the Endocannabinoid System Work?
Cannabinoids & cannabinoid receptors make up the endocannabinoid system. Cannabinoids bind with the cannabinoid receptors in the body to effect its communication system, also known as your neurotransmitters. For example, neurotransmitters receive information from your nerve endings that you’re touching something hot and send the signal your brain. In return, your brain responds by signaling your hand to move off of the stove. Neurotransmitters can also tell the brain when you get the flu so it can send healthy cells to fight the infection, or when you break your arm. Cannabinoids, like CBD (cannabidiol), have been shown to potentially down-regulate the inflammatory response in the body and reduce chronic pain. Ultimately, CBD interferes to reduce pain-causing inflammation. Read more on CBD and Pain
Studies on CBD have shown that it does not appear to have psychotropic effects, meaning you won’t feel high like with THC, but it may have anti-anxiety effects. Commonly, CBD comes in two varieties – Full Spectrum Distillate, meaning it offers an array of CBD with other cannabinoids & terpenes, or Isolate, which comes in powder form and it 90%+ pure CBD without other cannabinoids. Read more on Full Spectrum vs Isolate
CBD can be taken a number of ways: inhalation through smoking or vaporizing, buccal or sublingually under the tongue, swallowed internally, or used topically on the skin. There are a wide number of products out there like topical skin salves, under the tongue tinctures, CBD-only isolate, Full spectrum distillate, capsules, oils, vape juice, and many others. See what we have to offer!
What is a Cannabinoid?