What Are Cannabinoids?
How much do you know about cannabinoids? Often shrouded in mystery, the science behind these chemical compounds found in cannabis is helping us gain a deeper understanding of the plant’s
Medicinal And Therapeutic Powers.
Cannabinoids are a class of more than one-hundred chemical compounds found in cannabis plants. Many of these chemical compounds are still being discovered by scientists as research into their medicinal and therapeutic benefits continues.
THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is perhaps the most widely known cannabinoid. This chemical compound is responsible for many of the plant’s psychoactive effects. In others, consuming THC can provide you with a euphoric “high”. Not every chemical compound hidden inside cannabis is psychoactive. This is one of the big misconceptions that people make when it comes to cannabinoids.
Every single one of these chemical compounds is different. While some have profound psychotropic effects, others present more therapeutic properties that have excited the health and wellness world.
Why do these chemical compounds matter?
Cannabinoids have a unique ability to interact with and strengthen our endocannabinoid system. Each type of cannabinoid communicates with this system in a different way, prompting different responses.
Essentially, the endocannabinoid system is a signaling network located throughout our bodies. It can have an almighty influence over functional processes in our bodies, affecting our sleep, mood, appetite, memory and fertility in positive ways.
It’s all about homeostasis. The main objective of the endocannabinoid system is to bring a sense of balance to our bodies. When you consume cannabinoids that bind to the receptors in this system, it can help the body to achieve this balance.
So, which cannabinoids should a person be consuming? Well, ultimately, it all depends on what functional processes you are interested in regulating. Certain cannabinoids will travel to particular areas of bodies, whilst others will head elsewhere.
Some cannabinoids go straight to the central nervous system and others head to the peripheral nervous system and the digestive system. Individual types of cannabinoids can’t interact with every receptor in the body. They operate in niches, specialising only in certain functional processes.
What Is Cannabigerol (CBG)?
Cannabigerol (CBG) is just one of the many cannabinoids found in cannabis. It is often referred to as the “stem cell” or “mother” to all other cannabinoids found in the plant.
This parent molecule can eventually transform into THC, CBD, CBC and a few ever lesser-known cannabinoids. It can achieve this by having an enzymatic reaction. Unlike cannabinoids like THC, CBG doesn’t have the ability to get you “high”, as it is non-psychoactive.
Typically, it’s hard to find much CBG in cannabis strains. There isn’t very much of it. Not long after the chemical compound is formed, it usually ends up being whisked away down a chemical pathway to transform into another type of cannabinoid, like the ones we just mentioned.
Does Cannabigerol Come With Health Benefits?
In its isolated state, CBG has a lot of medical potential. Whilst there is still much to study, we do know that CBG presents some incredibly promising anti-inflammatory properties.
Alongside this, CBG can also increase GABA uptake. GABA is a very helpful neurotransmitter located in the brain that is naturally designed to reduce overactivity in your central nervous system. This can promote muscle relaxation, a sense of calmness and other anti-anxiety effects.
Like all of the cannabinoids, there is still much to learn about their potential medicinal and therapeutic properties. With interest continuing to grow, there seems to be new research emerging almost weekly and the exciting benefits of these cannabis-derived compounds.
What Is Cannabichromene (CBC)?
Cannabichromene (CBC) is often found in only very small quantities in most cannabis strains. This is one of the common traits that it shares with CBG, along with being non-psychoactive.
CBC is actually one of the descendants of CBG, like many other cannabinoids.
Do you remember when we spoke about CBG being a parent molecule and having an enzymatic reaction to create various cannabinoids? CBC is one of them!
In terms of its molecular structure, this cannabinoid shares a lot of similarities with CBD and THC, despite not sharing all of their properties.
You can think of them being like brothers and sisters, which CBG as the mother.
Does Cannabichromene Come With Health Benefits?
When it comes to CBC, there’s plenty to be excited about! CBC may potentially contribute to a mood-elevating feeling without any psychoactive effects.
Whilst it interacts with your brain, it doesn’t seem to activate the same pathways in the brain as THC.
Much like CBG, CBC has anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce swelling and pain in the body. It is able to do this much more effectively when combined with a mixture of other cannabinoids to fight swelling and pain in multiple areas.
CBC and CBG are still very much an unfolding story. With the profound medicinal and therapeutic benefits of these cannabis-derived chemical compounds, there is a lot to be excited about.