To fully appreciate how cannabis works, you need to understand endocannabinoids. Naturally produced in the human body, endocannabinoids are very similar to the compounds (cannabinoids) produced by the cannabis plant. They combine with receptors and enzymes to make up the endocannabinoids system (ECS), which encourages the body to maintain homeostasis. The ECS triggers physiological processes that regulate and support body functions such as mood, immune system, stress, sleep, the neurological system and more.
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The receptors send and receive information. CB1 receptors are found mainly in the nervous system, while CB2 receptors are concentrated in the immune system, digestive tract and nervous system. Endocannabinoids are the go-between for the receptors. The cannabis plant contains chemical compounds called cannabinoids that mimic endocannabinoids and are responsible for producing a wide variety of effects.
THC is the most well-known, most abundant and main psychoactive compound in the cannabis plant. It is responsible for the euphoric effects. CBD is the second most abundant cannabinoid, does not cause a “high” and has shown great potential for health benefits, such as preventing seizures and reducing pain and nausea. While cannabis products are often classified as indica, sativa or hybrid, those categories aren’t enough to indicate the effects.
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The cannabinoid and terpene profile are responsible for the varying effects of individual strains. Terpenes are the reason for the distinctive smell and flavor and may also influence effects. Cannabinoids, such as THC and CBD percentages, reflect potency. Even the plant’s genetics will impact quality, color, flavor profiles and the type and intensity of the high it produces.
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