It’s not just a myth anymore — marijuana is a very powerful and helpful herb for a wide range of medical conditions and science keeps proving that more and more by the day.
What makes marijuana so unique as a medicine is its chemical compound, which is made almost entirely out of cannabinoids and terpenes.
While terpenes are in charge of marijuana’s pleasant aroma and taste, cannabinoids operate more “behind the curtain” and provide cannabis users with pain relief, appetite boost, nausea reduction and a whole lot more of benefits.
There are about 113 cannabinoids inside the cannabis plant and they all have some kind of medicinal properties. Depending on the levels of each cannabinoid, they come together to create a unique chemical profile of every strain.
When we consume marijuana in some form (by smoking or eating) cannabinoids enter our system and bind to the receptors in our brain (CB1 and CB2 receptors). The endocannabinoid system, also known as “the body’s own cannabinoid system”, is responsible for regulating hundreds of bodily processes, like appetite, mood, immune system response, memory, and pain perception.
To find out more about these interesting substances, here are the benefits of the 5 most important cannabinoids.
THC and CBD – What’s the Difference?
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) are the “celebrities” in the world of cannabis.
These two compounds have been studied the most for their medical benefits, but they also serve recreational users extremely well.
THC is usually the most prominent compound in the herb and is the only chemical that makes users high. On the other hand, CBD has become more and more popular among medicinal users recently, since it does not make users high but still provides relief.
THC and CBD are different in so many ways, but also have a few things in common. The infographic below explains it all.