What are cannabinoids?

Cannabinoids are chemical compounds that support your endocannabinoid system, which is the system in your body responsible for keeping all of your other systems in balance with one another.

Your body naturally produces two endo-cannabinoids of its own to support this system, but just like with any other nutrient, sometimes we can become deficient and need extra support.

The cannabis plant produces over 100 different phyto-cannabinoids similar to your own endo-cannabinoids. While all of these cannabinoids support your endocannabinoid system, they don’t all produce the same effects.

Two of the most widely known cannabinoids are THC and CBD. THC is a cannabinoid that can produce intoxication or a “high” that most people associate cannabis use with. CBD, on the other hand, does not create intoxication. Learn more about how THC and CBD interact with your body here.

CBD is Legally Available Nationwide

CBD is found in all species of cannabis, including both hemp and marijuana. The Farm Bill passed in 2014 made it legal for states to set up their own hemp cultivation laws, and there are now many companies that are growing hemp for medicinal purposes, extracting CBD from it, then creating products that they are able to ship nationwide. Learn more about the differences between hemp and marijuana here.

While certain conditions are better treated by specific combinations of cannabinoids, and research is showing that all cannabinoids work best when used together due to the entourage effect, people have reported that CBD-only products have helped them with a wide range of issues: 

When used properly, cannabinoids are one of the most versatile medicines on the planet because they support your endocannabinoid system, helping the body help itself. 

Flow chart outlining the formation of cannabinoids from CBGA to THCA, CBDA, and CBN



There is a growing list of personal testimonials about what cannabinoids have been found to be useful for. Below we have compiled some of the most common, linked directly to the scientific article we referenced. 

This article was written by Kristen Williams and published on March 30, 2018. Copyright © 2018 Hempsley, All Rights Reserved
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