All you need to know about the main cannabinoids
Because there are other cannabinoids than THC. When we think of cannabis, we spontaneously associate it with this component. Many people are still unaware of the many benefits of CBD. But that's nothing compared to other cannabinoids like CBG and CBN, which we at Cakespace are promoting with our Sensations lines. Want to know more about the main cannabinoids? Make yourself comfortable, we'll explain it all to you.
Cannabinoids, these molecules that intrigue scientists
What are cannabinoids?
Cannabinoids are molecules found in the cannabis plant - and only in the cannabis plant! Since they don't play a role in the plant's growth or development, scientists believe that cannabis produces them to protect itself from disease, pests, and even the sun's UV rays.
But what makes cannabinoids unique among plant molecules is their action once consumed. Indeed, one wonders if these components would not exist to regulate the organism of many mammals, and notably ours!
The endocannabinoid system
Because the particularity of cannabinoids is their ability to interact with the endocannabinoid system (ECS). Present in many species, including humans, the ECS is composed of neurotransmitters and receptors whose purpose is to maintain harmony within the body by regulating processes such as heart rate, metabolism, hormone production or even fertility! And since it was only discovered in the 1990s, we are far from having finished discovering the extent of its action.
What we do know, however, is that cannabinoids interact with the various receptors of the endocannabinoid system, which allows them to influence the processes for which it is responsible. It is in this way, and thanks to these molecules, that cannabis produces its effects.
But what is even more interesting is that the cannabis plant produces hundreds of different cannabinoids - you will understand that we only present the main ones... - which all act in a different way with the ECS. Some of them are going to prioritize some receptors and therefore some effects in particular.
The main cannabinoids
Let's start with the most famous cannabinoid... Short for Tetrahydrocannabinol, THC is responsible for the main psychoactive effects that we know of the classic cannabis, causing the much dreaded anxiety attacks and paranoia... Another drawback is the tolerance to THC. Consumed in too important a quantity, the molecule is thus accompanied by a risk of dependence.
That's why all Cakespace products are guaranteed to contain less than 0.3% THC, so you can enjoy the benefits of hemp safely and legally!
Nevertheless, it is necessary to recognize very positive effects to this molecule, which thus keeps a very strong potential in the case where more important rates would be legalized.
One of its greatest assets is its action on pain and inflammation, especially for people heavily affected by multiple sclerosis, for example. What is also of great interest in research is its ability to induce apoptosis, the death of harmful or damaged cells, which ensures the renewal and survival of healthy cells. THC therefore has great potential in the treatment of many diseases.
It is the main subject of this blog, so it is difficult to present it in a concise way... Second most frequent cannabinoid in cannabis, Cannabidiol has the interest to produce no psychotropic effect, no dependence, and would even have antipsychotic virtues. It would also do wonders for people suffering from convulsions, especially epileptic children.
In fact, its range of effects is very wide: in addition to its action on anxiety and pain, it has regenerative properties, stimulates intellectual and creative faculties, and even sex drive. In short, it is one of the most complete cannabinoids, and we are not done talking about it.
Short for Cannabigerol, CBG is slowly getting known as the oldest member of the family, as it is believed to be responsible for the creation of the other cannabinoids. Though it is present in much weaker quantities than its congeners, CBG communicates on the other hand in a more effective way with the receptors of the ECS and would thus produce effects much more powerful than the CBD.
Its main asset? Boosting properties, ideal when you need energy to meet new challenges!
CBN, or Cannabinol, is a little different, as it is first present in the plant as an acid. It transformes naturally when the plant (especially THC) is heated. It has similar effects to THC and CBD, without its drawbacks and psychoactive effects.
Scientists are particularly interested in its action on appetite and sleep, but it is also believed to have a bronchodilator action, facilitating breathing, which gives it a major potential to treat asthma!
Still unknown, the Hexahydrocannabinol molecule is indeed a cannabinoid, but it has the particularity to have been created thanks to the hydrogenation of a THC molecule. Now present in very small quantities in the hemp plant, HHC intrigues more and more scientists.
Because of its affiliation to THC, HHC produces very similar effects, without its negative aspects. It is said to have a strong action on pain, but also a tendency to stimulate the appetite while alleviating symptoms of anxiety.
If this molecule has piqued your interest, you can go for our brand new HHC Hash range!
And the coolest thing is that we are far from having discovered everything about cannabinoids! Anyway, we promise to provide you with more and more content related to CBD and cannabis ... for that, nothing better than joining us on instagram!
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