In the beginning, marijuana was all about the THC, and that was fine for 99% of all the early adopters. However, as time went on, people began to realize that they could smoke marijuana and help control their chronic back pain, knee pain, headaches, and many other kinds of chronic pain. Then, research began to discover that there were several different kinds of potent ingredients in marijuana called cannabinoids, each with its own separate group of powerful properties, just what are these ingredients and how do they affect the human body?
What Are the Main Differences between the Cannabinoids?
There are actually quite a few different ingredients in marijuana, some are considered psychoactive and others are not, but they all do have powerful effects on what are called the cannabinoid receptors in the human body. Each different type tends to connect with different receptors in the body as well.
The first ingredient called CBD makes up least 40% of the resin that’s produced by the marijuana plant and it has quite a few important properties including blocking pain in many chronic pain sufferers, it does this without having any psychoactive properties at all. In fact, it may actually counteract the hallucinogenic properties of THC in marijuana. This is an important factor since many of the people that use the oil of CBD do so for many other reasons besides getting high. CBD oil has many anticancer, anti-stress, anti-inflammation, and pain reducing properties. It is also being used to help epilepsy, insomnia, chemotherapy, and help lower blood sugar in diabetics.
Another important ingredient, that tends to affect a different set of cannabinoid receptors is called CBG which is the precursor ingredient to all of the other cannabinoids while being potent medicine as well. It has no psychoactive properties but also helps to relax muscles, calm anxiety, reduce inflammation, and is being researched for several other important properties.
CBN is the cannabinoid that is made when several of the other ingredients are exposed oxygen for a period of time, especially THC. If you leave your marijuana buds exposed to oxygen for awhile they’ll lose their hallucinogenic properties as THC converts to CBN instead. Then what you’ll end up with is a very powerful tranquilizing sedative that will completely overwhelm your body with incredible sleepiness.
CBN is also being investigated for helping those with glaucoma, nerve pain, and several other diseases as well. If you have a bad habit of leaving your weed exposed to the air and have wondered why it makes you so sleepy, rather than high, the solution to your problem is keeping it tightly wrapped in a baggie between uses.
THC is the most commonly known cannabinoid and it tends to go to the cannabinoid receptors in a similar fashion as an opiate, however, without all of the powerful addictive properties of those drugs. There are now plenty of investigations into whether THC can be used to help reduce the cravings for opiates while addicts go through withdrawal and try to refrain from relapsing after treatment.
These are just a few of the many ingredients in marijuana, some species have more of one type and less of another. You can find out more by doing research on the Internet or talk to your medicinal local marijuana store as they may already have a list compiled of which species they have will better help the kind of medical problem you’re trying to solve.