What are Cannabinoids?

What are Cannabinoids?

Cannabinoids are compounds in the cannabis plant. They affect neurotransmitters in the brain, also called the endocannabinoid system, producing calming, sedating, and psychoactive effects. They are found in every cannabis plant, and have been widely studied in the doctoral field since the legalization of medical cannabis. Each cannabinoid, with description, will be labeled below.


The cannabinoid most commonly associated with cannabis, THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is a psychoactive chemical that affects the endocannabinoid system to produce cerebral effects. It's known for it's calming effect and as an appetite depressant.


CBD, or cannabidiol, is a chemical that produces calming effects and is anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, and works as an appetite stimulant. This works in tandem with THC, as the calming effects of CBD increases enjoyment of the cerebral effects of THC.


CBN, cannabinol, is a less known cannabinoid. CBN works as a sedative, anti-inflammatory, or can be used for pain relief. With cannabis products, those containing larger amounts of CBN will often be marketed as 'sleep' products.

Lesser Known Cannabinoids

Lesser known cannabinoids are still important to the marijuana plant, but amounts often won't be included with cannabis products. These cannabinoids are as follows:


Cannabigerol, or CBG, is an anti-canceragent, anti-inflammatory, pain relieving chemical that is usually found in trace amounts in the cannabis plant.


THCa is tetrahydrocannabinol acid, or THC acid. This chemical works very similarly to THC, however it is lacking any cerebral effects and can also increase appetite.


THCv is tetrahydrocannabivarin, which can be associated with calming effects, pain relief, and the classic psychoactive cerebral effects of regular THC.


These are all of the cannabinoid compounds regularly found within cannabis plants. If you're interested in trying any new cannabinoids, like CBN, please feel free to browse our website to find any items that might peak your interest.

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