The first time I tried to buy marijuana as a teenager, it probably sounded something like, “I’ll have one bag of dope, please.” I doubt that I even knew what cannabis was. That was when it was illegal, and not only that: My father would have killed me if he knew what I was doing.
Previously, people didn’t really know what marijuana was beyond that it got you "high," and even that word remained vague and rather undefined. Then, in 1996, California legalized medical marijuana and researchers were (finally) allowed to experiment with it. Things started to change: Slowly, but surely, we started to learn more about cannabis, what it can do, and why it's so important that it not remained buried under decades of "War on Drugs" stigmatization and barriers.
We also learned more about what cannabis actually is, and what it is made of. Here, we will focus on the cannabinoids are found in a marijuana bud.
There are as many as 112 other cannabinoids other than THC and CBD. We won't list them for you here, as that isn't very helpful for you. We'll instead focus on the bigger picture: As far as we know THC is the only cannabinoid that definitely gets you high and CBD is the only cannabinoid that definitely produces all of these great health benefits.
**At this point, you probably know CBD and THC inside an out, but If you don’t, start here.
However, a few other cannabinoids have been shown to have some say in how THC and CBD interact with your system.
So, what is a cannabinoid?
Cannabinoids are to the cannabinoid system what opiates are to the opioid system. The same way that the opium contained within the poppy plant interacts with specific receptors located throughout the central nervous system, so do cannabinoids contained in the cannabis plant interact with your cannabinoid system.
According to the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute cannabinoids can be separated into six major classes
● Cannabigerol (CBG) - "Cannabigerol is the non-acidic form of cannabigerolic acid, the parent molecule from which other cannabinoids are synthesized."
● Cannabichromene (CBC)
● Cannabidiols (CBD)
● Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)
● Cannabinol (CBN)
● cannabinodiol (CBDL)
Interactions between cannabinoids
We still have a lot to learn about how cannabinoids affect each other, but I’ll leave you with this interesting interaction:
CBD appears to counteract THC and lessen its psychoactive effects. In other words, if you find that you get too high or feel anxious after smoking weed, look for strains with higher CBD to counteract those effects. And, as always, activate your cannabinoid system responsibly.
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