The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is the most important system involved in maintaining human health. It regulates appetite, pain sensation, mood, and memory. Endocannabinoids are naturally found throughout your body. In each tissue, the ECS performs different tasks, but the goal is always the same: homeostasis (stability of your body’s systems). Endocannabinoids play a part in this balancing of the body. Different cannabinoids have different effects on your ECS, depending on which receptors they bind to.
Cannabis contains over 500 natural compounds, of which 104 cannabinoids have presently been identified. These compounds include terpenes, flavonoids, and cannabinoids.
Cannabinoids are found only in the small resin glands on the flowers and leaves of the cannabis plant we know as trichomes. Each cannabinoid, like the endocannabinoids found in your body, uniquely interacts with your ECS to balance and coordinate tissues, organs, and body systems. With a better understanding of how each cannabinoid interacts with your ECS, you can choose a product that provides the optimal therapeutic effect to match your needs.
THC, THCA, CBD, CBD-A, and CBN are the top 5 cannabinoids.
THC – Tetrahydrocannabinol
THC is a cannabinoid that activates neurons responsible for pleasure, memory, and thinking. THC differs from CBD in that it causes you to feel “high” and is illegal in many states. Potential health benefits of THC include managing pain and helping people sleep.
Medical applications: PTSD, glaucoma, cancer, ADHD, anorexia, HIV/AIDS
Reduces: inflammation, anxiety, spasms and convulsions, vomiting and nausea, pain,the spread of certain cancers, nerve damage, free radicals in the bloodstream(antioxidant)
Promotes: appetite, growth of new nerve tissue, oxygen intake, breathing
THCA – Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid
THCA is the most abundant non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis. The health benefits provided by THCA are most well absorbed by the body through a raw method of consumption such as cannabis juicing.
Medical applications: cancer, arthritis, lupus Reduces: tumors, pain, nausea, insomnia, muscle spasms, inflammation
Promotes: appetite, cell growth, sleep, physical activity, pain relief
CBD – Cannabidiol
CBD is “non-psychoactive,” and it reduces the euphoric effects of THC. Its lack of psychoactivity makes it ideal for treating children, the elderly, and patients that prefer to remain clear-headed and focused. Medical applications: diabetes, PTSD, epilepsy, insomnia, AIDS, arthritis, depression, eating disorders, glaucoma, epilepsy and seizure disorders, migraines, Multiple Sclerosis, arthritis
Reduces: spread of cancers and tumors, inflammation, anxiety,
Promotes: happiness, pain relief, tranquility, appetite, sleep
CBDA – Cannabidiolic acid
CBD-A is the acid form of CBD, similar to THC-A and THC. Like CBD, CBD-A is not psychoactive. It is most abundant in the glandular trichomes on the female seedless flowers or more accurately infructescence often colloquially referred to as buds. CBD-A is now seen as the next frontier in cannabinoid-based therapy.
Medical applications: cancer, inflammation, nausea
Reduces: cancer cell growth, bacterial growth,
Promotes: physical activity, sleep, pain relief
CBN – Cannabinol
CBN forms when THC has been exposed to oxygen and heat, thus high levels of CBN can be a sign of older cannabis.
CBN is a non-narcotic analgesic (pain-killer), but 3 times as strong. CBN is mildly psychoactive, and calming, and is a stronger sedative than other cannabinoids.
Medical applications: tension headaches, insomnia, nausea, inflammation
Reduces: convulsions and spasms, free radicals in the bloodstream (antioxidant)
Promotes: physical activity, tranquility, happiness, sleep
The ensemble effect is a combined effect of different cannabis compounds that sync
with other compounds to produce a greater effect, rather than relying on an entourage
of compounds to create your desired effect.
This is called the “Ensemble Effect.” Imagine cannabinoids as an orchestra. Separately, each cannabinoid makes a sound, but together they create a beautifully moving performance.
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