Let’s Start With the Basics! What is a Cannabinoid?

If you’re like me, before I buy ANYTHING I need to do some back-end research first to ensure I’m not wasting my money. Cannabis is no different! There are a plethora of products on the market and they will impact your high “experience” differently. This is the first in a series of blog entries centered on making you a more informed consumer before you head into the Illinois Cannabis Dispensaries for the first time January 1st.

What are Cannabinoids?

Scientific Answer: A cannabinoid is one of a class of diverse chemical compounds that acts on cannabinoid receptors, which are part of the endocannabinoid system found in cells that alter neurotransmitter release in the brain. Interesting right? There are actually receptors in your body that work together with the cannabinoids to produce relief and other reactions in the human body. Basically, it’s the different compounds found within cannabis that influence your “high” (or lack thereof), promote health benefits, and impact your overall experience.

So now let’s identify the cannabinoids most of our products will be advertising. Knowing these terms will help you work with your budtender or patient care specialist to identify what type of relief you’re seeking!

The Big Three!

Now that you understand cannabinoids, let’s take a crash course on CBD, THC, and CBN. They account for 3 of the most common Cannabinoids we’ll see in most dispensaries. The labels Sativa and Indica are popular for marketing reasons, but in all honesty those terms aren’t the most accurate way to label cannabis. We need to work on focusing on legitimizing the core fundamentals of client care and that means focusing on terpenes (stay tuned for the next entry!). But that’s getting ahead of myself! Let’s focus on Cannabinoids for right now.

THC – The “High” One

Let’s tackle the most popular and active cannabinoid in Cannabis, THC. THC stands for Tetrahydrocannabinol. THC is well known for aiding in Pain Relief, Appetite (Suppression and Activation), Arousal, Sleep, and the list goes on. THC activates CB1 receptors in our brain which creates the “High” feeling. Even if CBD is what you’re looking for most full-spectrum CBD contains some THC. The combination is a match made in heaven, like Peanut Butter and Jelly!

CBD – The “Trendy” One

CBD is the second most prominent cannabinoid in cannabis. Standing for Cannabidiol, CBD is derived from hemp plants and does not give the typical “high” THC provides its user. For patients with anxiety or patients who aren’t looking for that psychedelic-active effect CBD is a great alternative to THC heavy products. Now you might get some people who holler on and on about percentages (you know who you are) and this might be something to think about. Higher percentages do not always equate to better benefits or a better high! -end rant-

It is also one of the cannabinoids with less psychoactive properties. This compound is considered a great anti-anxiety and with its core benefits surrounding anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties what’s not to love about this compound. As someone with a family history of Dementia, I utilize a regular RSO (cannabis oil) routine for myself to act as a preventative. Which, pro-tip it is! While it’s not a cure all, there have been studies that show CBD can be helpful in a number of alignments. Time will only tell how this compound will provide medical benefits to future patients. Just make sure you’re using full-spectrum CBD and not the unregulated…product that’s been circulating the market.

CBN – The “Home Body” Friend

WAIT WHAT CBN?! Now this one might have some of the more experienced patients scratching their heads. CBN is a fairly newly advertised compound that’s getting traction. From it’s properties, the compound is most known for promoting sleep and relaxing symptoms. Believe me, this stuff hits HARD. If you are looking for a healthy alternative to taking an over the counter pill for drowsiness, CBN might be the right method for you. It’s mostly found as a capsule or in some specialty strains with CBD or THC being the main compound in the product.

Questions about CBD, CBN, or THC? Let me know below!!

Did you get this breakdown with your first dispensary trip? Let’s talk about it!

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