What Are Cannabinoids?

Posted by Administrator on 7/7/2015
What Are Cannabinoids?
Medical Marijuana, CBD Oil and Cannabinoids have been in the news a lot lately.  So, I thought today, we should answer the question:

What Are Cannabinoids?

First, let's identify "What is Cannabis?" Cannabis is a line of plants that includes BOTH Marijuana and Hemp.  Marijuana, as many people know, causes people to get 'high' due to its pyschotropic THC.  But, Hemp doesn't cause people to get high.  Why?  Because hemp does not have enough THC to cause a person to get the euphoric feeling of being high.


Well, THC is the first cannabinoid that we'll point out.  THC, or Tetra-Hydro-Cannabinol, is one of the compounds found in cannabis plants that is considered a cannabinoid.  So, that's it.  What are cannabinoids?  They are particular compounds found in cannabis plants.

Okay, simple enough.  What other cannabinoids are there?

The Chart below will show not only what the cannabinoids are, but will also show what they do:

What Are Cannabinoids?

The cannabinoid we deal with most here at WellSpring CBD is, of course, cannabidiol.  Notice the spelling.  Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a cannabinoid.  Confusing a bit, I know.  But, CBD is what's in the news a lot now.  You've probably heard some of the many benefits of CBD and how it affects cancer, epilepsy, chronic pain and much more.  CBD does not get you 'high'.  Remember, THC is what does this.  

As you can also see from the chart above, there are other cannabinoids.  They are:
  • CBD-A
  • CBG
  • CBG-A
  • CBC
  • CBC-A
  • Delta 9 THC
  • Delta 9 THCA
  • Delta 8 THC
  • THCV
So, all these together are collectively "cannabinoids".  Again, the answer to: What Are Cannabinoids? is various compounds found in cannabis.  They each have their own effects on the human body.  I won't get into too much detail here, as it can get quite scientific and confusing to many.  

But, it is important to know and to point out that the human body has an ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM.  The endocannabinoid system is designed to be affected by cannabinoids.  The short definition here is: the endocannabinoid system is a part of the human neuro system.  This is why conditions like epilepsy are reported to be SO affected by CBD and other cannabinoids.

If this is the case, and it is, it begs the question:  Why does our government NOT let us have ready access to all cannabinoids?

I guess today's article is not so much to ask political questions, but rather to answer the question: What are Cannabinoids?  I'm going to take the factual information above one step farther and insert my opinion here.  To me, it seems that cannabinioids are natural plant compounds are bodies are designed to use, and, as such, most likely should be getting.  Seems to me this is a logical conclusion, but I do have to admit, its merely my opinion.

Regardless of whether the human body should be getting cannabinoids, the many reports online and in the news about the benefits of CBD and other cannabinoids on medical conditions cannot be understated.  We speak daily to people who say their lives have improved drastically after they began taking CBD and other cannabinoids.  

So, next time someone asks, its my hope that you can answer that cannabiniods are compounds found in cannabis plants that, when taken, are reported to help alleviate some of the worst medical conditions known to humans.

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