What are marijuana cannabinoids?

by Alex Robles

 Cannabinoids are the chemical compounds found in the resin that is produced by the cannabis flower.  They have been found to have therapeutic effects on a variety of symptoms associated with pain, nausea, and inflammation.  As of the day of this article was posted there have been over 100 cannabinoids identified in cannabis so far, depending on who you ask.  Some people will say more some will say less.  The two most notable today are THC and CBD, but more research is needed to find out what the other cannabinoids do and don’t do.

     THC or Tetrahydrocannabinol is a psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis that is largely responsible for the high or buzzed feeling you get when you ingest cannabis.  It is the most popular cannabinoid among recreational users of marijuana.  THC does have medical benefits such as pain relief, reduces nausea and vomiting, appetite stimulant, asthma, glaucoma and as a sleep aid.    But taking too much of it has been known to cause anxiety and  paranoia especially in new users.  It’s a good idea for new user to use strains that have a moderate level of THC (12%-15%) to avoid the anxiety and paranoia that new users will experience with a THC heavy strain.

CBD or Cannabidiol is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid and is a poor choice for recreational use.   There’s a lot evidence to suggest that CBD offer a natural protection against the high effect produced by THC.  There are cannabis strains available that are rich in CBD and studies have also found many medical benefits linked to this cannabinoid.  It’s been discovered to reduce pain, nausea and vomiting, suppress seizure activity and aid with inflammatory disorders.  It also helps fight psychosis disorders, neurodegenerative  disorders along with anxiety and depression disorders.

These findings were published in a 2013  British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology review.

Below are my favorite cannabinoid symptom charts out on the internet.  I hope this helps you understand cannabinoids better.


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