Components Of The Cannabis Plant

It is with no doubt the topic of cannabis is worth discussion and exploration by people from all parts of the world. Long before people noted that they could use cannabis plant for recreational use, its primary application was in health facilities to ease pains.

Research shows that the cannabis plant has more than 480 natural compounds. Sixty-six of these products falls under the broad category of cannabinoids which are chemical products that react with various receptors within the endocannabinoid system and cause a range of effects. The endocannabinoid system is responsible for multiple reactions such as sleep, appetite, mood, pain, and memory to mention a few. The cannabis plant has the following primary components

Tetrahydrocannabinol

Popularly known as THC, this component is known for the psychoactive effect. It is the component that makes people feel ‘high,’ and it is highly concentrated in recreational marijuana. When THC is released to the body, it interacts with the receptors and stimulates the brain cells to release dopamine and creates a state of euphoria. This is what makes people feel high and relaxed after taking recreational marijuana. When it is raw and unheated, it exists as Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid. THC also stimulates receptors in the body to release hunger hormones.

Cannabidiol (CBD)

This component continues to receive worldwide attention due to its many health benefits. CBD does not contain psychoactive effects like THC which makes it appeal to the medical world. CBD contains less than 0.03% concentration of THC which is not enough to make people feel high. CBD does not activate or stimulate either CB1 or CB2 receptors but instead activates that those fight pain and inflammation. CBD has many health benefits, and you can check it out and get a deeper understanding of the same. When CBD is in its raw form, it usually exists as Cannabidiol Acid (CBDA). There is not much information on the application of CBDA, but it has proven to have some anti-nausea and anti-inflammatory features. To get CBD from CBDA, you need to heat the latter, and it will disassociate from the acid.

Cannabichromene (CBC)

This component is also gaining lots of attention from the scientific world. Just like CBD, CBC does not cause the psychoactive effect which makes people feel high. Studies on CBC shows that it can help fight various health conditions. Some of the most common include acne, battling cancer and inhibiting tumors on numerous parts of the body.