What are Cannabinoids?
We know that humans, as well as animals, have their own ECS, and make their own cannabinoids (endocannabinoids), to interact with the ECS. Cannabinoids are active chemical compounds found naturally in the seeds, stalk, and flowers of cannabis plants. There are also compounds that interact with the ECS that are found in a variety of foods and plants – called phytocannabinoids. These plant-based cannabinoids are able to interact with our body’s natural systems because their makeups and behaviors mimic endocannabinoids, which are cannabinoids that are synthesized on demand by our own bodies. Common non-Cannabis plants that contain phytocannabinoids include black pepper, clove, Echinacea, green tea, Panax ginseng, and black truffles. Within nature, chemical substances rarely act in isolation, and this is especially true of phytocannabinoids, which actually work together in a carefully orchestrated manner.
Our bodies are set up to interact with cannabinoids. Both phytocannabinoids and endocannabinoids join with, or influence cannabinoid receptors throughout the body to alter the release of neurotransmitters and encourage balance in our systems. Scientists have so far identified over 100 phytocannabinoids found in cannabis plants. Cannabis contains many chemical compounds that create the different characteristics of the plant. Terpenes provide flavors and aromas, while chlorophyll in the leaves makes the plant green. But the most important chemicals in cannabis are the cannabinoids, which give the cannabis plant its medical and recreational properties.
The two most abundant, and the most well-known cannabinoids, THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol), interact with different receptors in the body to produce a wide range of effects. THC is known for its psychoactive properties and is the reason you feel “high” after ingesting cannabis, while CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid and actually works to counteract the high. Even though THC and CBD are the most widely known cannabinoids, there are many other cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant that offer health benefits. Some of these include cannabigerol (CBG), cannabinol (CBN), and cannabichromene (CBC), respectively:
very well to the CB1 receptors in the brain. This means that CBC does not produce any psychological effects or high. However, CBC does bind to other receptors and has a variety of effects within the body. Research has shown that CBC is an effective painkiller. It also has antibacterial and antifungal properties, as well as possible antidepressant effects. Additionally, CBC has been found to have potential therapeutic effects in treating acne, and may also be useful for treating diarrhea.
CBD ISOLATE VS FULL SPECTRUM VS BROAD SPECTRUNM
CBD is a rapidly expanding market, and there are a few different ways you might find CBD described. All these terms to describe CBD can become really confusing! At the most basic level, you’ll likely see products defined as either CBD isolate, full-spectrum CBD, and broad spectrum. At the most basic level, this may help you understand the terminology:
CBD isolate is 99.9% pure CBD. During the CBD isolate extraction process, everything contained in the plant matter is removed, including any traces of THC, terpenes, waxes, oils, chlorophyll and more. What you’re left with is pure CBD, and nothing else. The opposite of the full spectrum is a CBD isolate. When you isolate CBD all on its own in the form of shatter or pure CBD oil, you have a THC free product.
Full spectrum means it’s not just pure CBD on its own. Full spectrum CBD contains everything the plant contains and is full of all the terpenes, cannabinoids, flavonoids, and fatty acids found in hemp, all of which have a therapeutic value of their own. Because of this, full spectrum products may contain trace amounts of THC.
Broad-spectrum CBD is full-spectrum CBD without any THC. It offers all the benefits associated with full-spectrum CBD, without any chances of THC being ingested into the body. Broad-spectrum CBD is an excellent choice for individuals that can’t have any traces of THC in their system, whether for legal purposes, passing a drug test, or anything else.
The Endocannabinoid System
The ECS is reported to help regulate