Cannabinoids are a class of chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant.
These compounds interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system, which plays a role in regulating various physiological processes, including appetite, pain sensation, mood, and sleep.
The most well-known cannabinoids are THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (Cannabidiol), but there are over 100 different cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant.
THC is the primary psychoactive compound found in cannabis, and is responsible for the “high” associated with cannabis use. It binds to cannabinoid receptors in the brain and can lead to changes in mood, perception, and behavior. THC has been found to have therapeutic benefits for a variety of conditions, including chronic pain, arthritis, and multiple sclerosis.
CBD, on the other hand, is non-psychoactive and does not produce a “high.” It has been found to have a wide range of therapeutic benefits, including reducing anxiety and depression, reducing pain and inflammation, and improving sleep.
CBD has also been found to have neuroprotective properties, which can help to protect the brain and nervous system from damage caused by inflammation and other stressors.
Other cannabinoids found in cannabis include CBG (Cannabigerol), CBC (Cannabichromene), and CBN (Cannabinol). These compounds have been found to have therapeutic benefits, but are not as well-studied as THC and CBD.
Cannabinoids can be consumed in a variety of ways, such as smoking, vaporizing, ingesting and applying topically. They can also be extracted from the plant and used to make products such as oils, capsules, and topicals.
It’s worth noting that the effects of cannabis and cannabinoids can vary depending on the individual and the specific product consumed.
Additionally, the legal status of cannabis and cannabinoids can vary by state or country, and it’s important to check on the legal status of cannabis consumption in your area.
Here in Canada cannabis and cannabinoids are legal to buy and consume if you meet the age requirement in your province (18 in Alberta, 21 in Quebec and 19 everywhere else).
Interested in learning more about how Cannabinoids might help you with your health? Talk for free online to one of our medical team at Hello MD.
It only takes about a minute to set up an appointment and you will be able to obtain a medical cannabis prescription.