Weed Cannabinoids (THC CBD)
The most important active chemicals in cannabis are Cannabinoids. There are hundreds of them, but these are the two chemical compounds that’ve made weed so famous: THC CBD (Tetrahydrocannabinol and Cannabinol). They produce the most sought-after physical and psychological effects
1. Balanced THC CBD strains offer a high you can always trust. These tend to be a good choice for novice consumers seeking an introduction to cannabis’ signature high, or a new medical patient trying to figure out what works best for them.
2. THC-Dominant strains have saturated the market with a potent, euphoric, or psychoactive experience. If you’re not a heavy smoker and tend to feel anxious after taking a puff, try a strain with higher levels of CBD.
3. CBD-Dominant strains are the best choice for anyone who’s pushed back against the benefits of using cannabis due to experiences like paranoia, lightheadedness, or anxiety. High THC strains can have this effect on new smokers or people with a high sensitivity to THC. But CBD strains provide a clear-headed high and contain anti-inflammatory, neuroprotective properties.
Both CBD and THC are created and preserved within the Trichomes of the plant; the crystals you’ve probably salivated over while admiring your favorite potent strain. When dosed correctly, these Cannabinoids can treat pain, depression, anxiety, and insomnia, among other treatable medical conditions.
The Human Endocannabinoid System (ECS)
Located within all of us are naturally produced human Endocannabinoids (“endo” stands for endogenous or originating within the body). But these do not exist to get us high, they exist to keep us healthy. In fact, our ECS plays an absolutely critical role in regulating biological balance and homeostasis. Cannabinoids can aid this process.
While Cannabinoids produced in cannabis are distinct from those produced in our ECS, they pair very well together. Once THC or CBD enters your body, it interacts with pathways in the brain by attaching itself to Cannabinoid receptors which are responsible for the psychoactive effects of marijuana. This interaction with Cannabinoid receptors is what allows us to get high and enjoy the benefits of weed.
The Endocannabinoid System is not however unique to humans. It is common amongst a plethora of animals and species alike! Whether produced by the body or in cannabis, these naturally-occurring cannabinoid compounds all interact with your Endocannabinoid system.
The ECS process helps explain our fascination with marijuana and why it has such a potent effect on our psyche. Without our ECS and its relationship to marijuana Cannabinoids, we would never know the pleasure of smoking a heavy Indica after work, or a super uplifting Sativa on a sunny beach day… It’s natural.