You might know what CBD or Cannabidiol is and have heard about Cannabinoids; but what are they and are they important? What many people don’t know is that there are a lot of rich properties in the Hemp plant. Cannabinoids is one of those rich properties that occurs naturally in the hemp plant. We will explain what are Cannabinoids and are they important.
What Are Cannabinoids?
The word cannabinoid refers to a type of compound found in the cannabis plant like CBD. You might have noticed a lot of terms that begin with the word canna and here is the break down of some of those words:
Cannabis: A type of plant that includes both hemp and marijuana.
Cannabinoid: A compound that is found in the human body and in the cannabis plant.
Cannabidiol: A cannabinoid that is produced in cannabis.
Cannabinoids are important because they interact with our endocannabinoid system (the system responsible for things like homeostasis) they interact with our endocannabinoid receptors. To understand it's effect we need to look at what we already produce in our own bodies.
These are cannabinoids that we produce ourselves inside our bodies. You may or may not have heard of anandamide or the bliss molecule. When we exercise we create a lot of anandamide and it creates what we know as a “runner’s high”.
When endocannabinoids are created in our body it is our bodies way of trying to keep us in homeostasis. Once made, the endocannabinoids bind to the cannabinoid receptors and transmit information to cells. This message articulates to the cell what to do to return the body to homeostasis.
How does cannabis work with all of this? Phytocannabinoids (cannabinoids that are created in plants) act very similar to how endocannabinoids act. Understanding phytocannabinoids gives us a better comprehension of the properties of cannabis.
Cannabinoids are an active compound in the cannabis plant. Phytocannabinoids play a huge role in the effects of cannabis. In the cannabis plant, cannabinoids are in trichomes or tiny hairs. Other plants such as black pepper, cacao, also contain cannabinoids.
Phytocannabinoids acts like Cannabinoids by the way it's produce. Like endocannabinoids, phytocannabinoids bind to the cannabinoid receptors to produce various effects.