More people are discovering beneficial properties of cannabis compounds like CBD, CBN, CBG and THC. But what about cannabinoids? But did you know there are classes of cannabinoids? Let’s get familiar and look into the general classes of cannabinoids and what makes them unique.
To kick off our exploration, it’s best to get familiar with the most well known of the classes: the cannabinoid. A cannabinoid is a plant substance that stimulates cannabinoid receptors in the body’s main regulatory system – the endocannabinoid system (ECS). While we most always refer to the plant cannabinoids simply as cannabinoids, scientifically they are referred to as “phytocannabinoids”, where “phyto” refers to that which comes from a plant source. Most cannabinoids come from cannabis; however, there are many less polarizing, albeit weaker plant sources of certain specific cannabinoids such as the common herb echinacea purpurea.
It’s true: endocannabinoid is actually its own class of cannabinoid. In fact, an endocannabinoid is a cannabinoid compound that the body makes all by itself, naturally. You read that correctly! All living creatures naturally create their own cannabinoids. The reason we make our own cannabinoids is simple; to bind to receptors in the ECS and to maintain homeostasis thereby improving health and happiness.
These are cannabinoids are synthesized artificially in the lab. Synthetic cannabinoids are not produced in nature, yet they form the basis for many of the cannabinoid pharmaceutical drugs which are at various stages of the approval process.
We hope this brief explanation could give you a little more of an understanding about various cannabinoids and how cannabis serves to benefit us inside and out. Keep up with our blog to learn more about other common compounds of the cannabis plant. We look forward to sharing more with you!