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What are Cannabinoids

If you are familiar with THC or CBD you will probably have come across the word 'cannabinoids'. But what exactly are cannabinoids, and why are these substances so important? The cannabis plant contains more than 100 different chemical compounds known as cannabinoids. Cannabinoids were first discovered in the 1940s when CBD and CBN were identified. The structure of THC was first discovered in 1964.

The endocannabinoid system

When the effect of cannabis on the human body was investigated, scientists came across an important discovery: the endocannabinoid system. This body-specific system is located in our brain. Our bodies make substances themselves that are very similar to the chemical compounds that you find in the cannabis plant. These substances that are naturally produced in our body are called endocannabinoids, they are so similar to the cannabinoiodn in cannabis that they are recognized as being native to us.

The scientific research that has mainly been done in Israel and Spain has done some interesting discoveries. It has since been shown that the endocannabinoid system in our brain is involved in certain processes in the body, including the regulation of hunger, pain and our blood pressure. There are also strong indications that our endocannabinoid system plays an important role in controlling certain brain functions, such as memory, concentration and impulsiveness. Endocannabinoids act, among other things, as neuromodulators that inhibit or stimulate the release of other neurotransmitters such as GABA and glutamate.

The most common cannabinoids

Below we describe the most important and common cannabinoids. We of course start with THC, along with CBD and CBN this was one of the first active substances in the cannabis plant that were discovered.

THC / tetrahydrocannabinol

THC / Cannabioiden

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is one of the psychoactive substances that occurs exclusively in cannabis. THC has been shown to have a large number of medical benefits. THC is most commonly associated with a high / euphorish feeling when using cannabis. THC has very high psychoactive properties. The THC level usually varies between 5 and 25 percent. Increased intake of THC can cause adverse side effects, such as disorientation, short-term memory loss and even hallucinations of depression, anger, or anxiety.

Medicinal benefits of THC in cannabis

  • Has an analgesic effect
  • Has a relaxing effect
  • Suppresses pain from nerve damage
  • Helps reduce the risk of nerve damage
  • Helps with suppressing fears
  • Suppresses muscle cramps and convulsions
  • Helps keep certain cancers under control
  • Helps against nausea
  • Has an anti-inflammatory effect
  • Helps fight free radicals in the blood
  • Appetizing
  • Stimulates new growth in nerve tissue
  • Relieves chronic eye pressure and pain caused by glaucoma and other eye conditions

CBD / Cannabidiol

CBD / Cannabioiden
CBD has by far the most medicinal benefits of all cannabioids in cannabis. CBD reduces certain influences of THC such as psychoactivity. Cannabis contains an average CBD percentage of 1.0% to 12 percent.Cannabidiol (CBD) is not psychoactive, it was thought that CBD did not affect the psychoactivity of THC. However, the more recent research shows that smokers of cannabis with a higher CBD / THC ratio were less likely to experience schizophrenia-like symptoms. Cannabidiol has also been shown to act as a 5-HT 1A receptor agonist, an action involved in antidepressant anxiolytic and neuroprotective effects. it seems to relieve convulsion, inflammation, anxiety and nausea. CBD has a greater affinity for the CB2 receptor than for the CB1 receptor. CBD apparently plays a role in preventing short-term memory loss associated with THC.

Medicinal benefits of CBD

  • Helps keep certain cancers under control
  • Has an analgesic effect
  • Stimulates bone growth
  • Stops the growth of bacteria
  • Suppresses muscle cramps and convulsions
  • Has an anti-inflammatory effect
  • Helps against nausea
  • Reduces the risk of arterial obstruction
  • Decreases the pressure in the blood vessel walls
  • Lowers blood sugar
  • Helps control epileptic seizures
  • Helps reduce the risk of nerve damage
  • Decreases the "social isolation" caused by THC

CBN / Cannabinol

CBN / Cannabioiden

There is very little CBN present in fresh cannabis plants. The more CBN the less THC, medicinal cannabis with a high CBN level can be an indication of the freshness of the cannabis and incorrect treatment of the cannabis. Cannabis with a high CBN level has been shown to cause unwanted symptoms such as confusion and dizziness. The CBN level increases as THC degrades when stored, and when exposed to light and air. It is only slightly psychoactive.

Medicinale toepassing van CBN in cannabis

  • Helpt slaapopwekkend
  • Werkt ontstekingsremmend
  • Werkt pijnstillend
  • Onderdrukt spierkrampen en convulsies
  • Helpt bij de bestrijding van vrije radicalen in het bloed

CBC / Cannabichromene

CBC / Cannabioiden
Er is zeer weinig bekend over CBC maar onderzoek heeft aangetoond dat het waardevolle geneeskrachtige eigenschappen hebben. CBC heeft geen psychoactieve eigenschappen.

Medicinal benefits of CBC

  • Has an analgesic effect
  • Stops fungal growth
  • Has an anti-inflammatory effect
  • Stimulates bone growth
  • Stimulates cell growth
  • Stops the growth of bacteria
  • Helps with blood cell contraction

THCV Tetrahydrocannabivarin

THCV / Cannabioiden

THCV is similar to THC and shares characteristics that provide additional benefits of increasing THC in smaller doses. Recent research has shown that THCV reduces the medicinal effect of THC in larger doses. THCV cannabioids have medium psychoactive characteristics.

Medicinale toepassing van THCV in cannabis

  • Effectief in het afremmen van de eetlust
  • Helpt tegen overgewicht
  • Type II diabetes  testen momenteel aan de gang

THCA - Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid

THCA is een voorloper van THC. THCA is meestal het hoofdbestanddeel in verse cannabis en zal decarboxyleren naar zijn actieve vorm tijdens het drogen of bij verhitting. THCA heeft geen psychoactieve effecten, maar kan worden gebruikt als een anti-ontsekings of neuroprotectief geneesmiddel.

Medicinal benefits of THCA

  • Has an anti-inflammatory effect
  • Helps control the growth of cancer cells
  • Suppresses muscle cramps and convulsions

Other cannabioids: