The cannabis plant is a complex organism with over 100 active compounds. Unlike the common use of “weed” as a catch-all name for all types of cannabis, there are many different strains with unique properties. One of these properties is the cannabinoids found in various concentrations in different strains and types of cannabis plants. Cannabinoids have been studied extensively for their potential health benefits. There are over 100 known cannabinoids, but two in particular stand out: Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD). Both THC and CBD are well-known for their ability to produce psychoactive effects commonly associated with cannabis use such as anxiety relief, pain management, and relaxation.
How do cannabinoids work?
Cannabinoids interact with cannabinoid receptors located in the human body. These receptors are concentrated in areas of the body that are associated with health and wellness, including the central nervous system, the immune system, and the endocrine system. Cannabinoids bind to these receptors, triggering a variety of reactions within the human body. The reactions are dependent on the cannabinoid, the receptors the cannabinoid stimulates, and the amount of time the cannabinoid binds to the receptors. Cannabinoids can have different effects on different people. For example, someone with a low tolerance to THC may experience relaxation and reduced anxiety while a frequent delta 8 user may experience less of these effects.
4 Health Benefits of Cannabinoids
Mood disorders like anxiety and depression are treated with prescription medications. But cannabinoids may also help reduce these common mental health issues. Cannabinoids interact with cannabinoid receptors in the brain and central nervous system to produce anti-anxiety effects, reduce feelings of paranoia, and improve mood. The effects of cannabinoids vary depending on the type of cannabinoid. CBD has been found to a reduce feelings of anxiety and depression, while THC has been found to cause feelings of euphoria.
THC and CBD both have properties that reduce pain by interacting with cannabinoid receptors in the central nervous system. CBD has been found to reduce pain in parts of the body associated with pain. Including the immune system, gastrointestinal tract, and central nervous system. THC reduces pain by interacting with cannabinoid receptors in the gastrointestinal tract. The cannabinoids may also reduce pain by blocking pain signals from the brain.
CBD has been found to reduce anxiety and improve mood and sleep quality. It works by interacting with cannabinoid receptors in the brain to induce relaxation, making it easier to fall asleep and sleep soundly.
CBD is a promising treatment for individuals with compromised immune systems due to its immune modulating effect. It has been shown to activate cannabinoid receptors in immune cells, resulting in increased cytokine production.
There are different types of cannabis plants, each containing different cannabinoids. While THC has been proven to have certain health benefits. Such as a reducing pain, improving sleep, and reducing anxiety. CBD has proven to have other benefits like reducing anxiety and improving mood, reducing pain, and improving sleep quality. Additionally, CBG has been found to have anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant effects.