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UNDERSTANDING CANNABIS

The primary source of the effects produced by consuming Cannabis comes from their abundance of Cannabinoids. There are over 100 different Cannabinoids found in the Cannabis plant, most of them located in the female flowers. Each Cannabinoid has a different effect on your body and mind.

Alone, many of them may not have much effects at all. It is when they are combined in a full spectrum solution that the powerful effects of Cannabis can be utilized to its fullest potential.

CANNABIS CONTAINS CLOSE TO 500 COMPOUNDS & MORE THAN 100 CANNABINOIDS.

The Endocannabinoid System

The endocannabinoid system is a naturally occurring biological system found within the human body. It is activated by Cannabinoids, causing it to create the powerful effects felt by consuming Cannabis. Endogenous Cannabinoids are naturally occurring Cannabinoids created by the human body, whereas Exogenous Cannabinoids originate from outside of the body. Both categories of these Cannabinoids attach to your Cannabinoid receptors that play a part in the way you feel – physically and mentally.

Endogenous Cannabinoids

There are two main Endogenous Cannabinoids that have been discovered in the human body – Anandamide and 2-AG. These two Cannabinoids can bind and interact with both your CB1 and CB2 receptors. Anandamide and 2-AG are naturally synthesized by your body “on demand”. When your body signals that these Cannabinoids are needed, your endocannabinoid system releases them. They are then broken down by your body’s enzymes to process them. Anandamide is typically found in your body, whereas 2-AG is more prominent in the brain. When you consume Cannabis, a wave of Exogenous Cannabinoids enter your body and activate your endocannabinoid system, thus releasing an increased amount of Endogenous Cannabinoids throughout your body.

CB1

The majority of your CB1 receptors are located in your brain and spinal cord. When certain cannabinoids attach to this receptor, they are mainly responsible for emotional effects, appetite stimulation, and memory.

CB2

CB2 receptors are more concentrated throughout your body and nervous system. Cannabinoids that bind to this receptor are known to reduce inflammation and pain.

Cannabinoid Receptors

Your brain is filled with receptors that can receive and interpret all kinds of signals created by your body or external molecules. Your Endogenous Cannabinoid system is equipped with two Cannabinoid receptors – CB1 and CB2.

They are responsible for binding and reacting to certain Cannabinoids to create a wide variety of physical, psychological and medicinal benefits for your mind and body. Each Cannabinoid can react to a different Cannabinoid receptor, although some can attach to both CB1 and CB2.