Did you know that there are more than 480 natural compounds found in the plant Cannabis Sativa? Of those 480+ compounds, a total of 66 of them are classed as cannabinoids. So, what are cannabinoids CBDs? Well, they are chemicals that are unique to the cannabis plant, and that can themselves be divided into subclasses.
There are several different subclasses of Cannabinoids. The must well known of those is the tetrahydrocannabinols, of which delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol is the most famous. This form of THC is the substance that is responsible for the psychoactive effect associated with smoking cannabis.
It’s interesting to note that the psychoactive effect produced by smoking cannabis is actually moderated slightly by some of the other components that the plant contains. Let’s take a look at some of the other cannabinoids that are found in cannabis.
In addition to TCH, cannabis plants also contain cannabigerols (CBG), as well as cannabidiols (CBD) and cannabichromenes (CBC). There are also the cannabinol (CBN) and cannabinodiol (CBDL) groups of cannabinoid, as well as a sub-group which contains some other minor CBDs.
Cannabinoids all have an effect on the receptors of the brain, in a way similar to how opiates (which come from poppies) do. The receptors are located in various areas of the central nervous system, and when a cannabinoid interacts with them I changes how you feel or behave. Some affect moods, while others affect memory or even pain perception. The pain-perception affecting cannabinoids are of particular interest to medical professionals because cannabis is often used for medicinal purposes to treat chronic pain sufferers as well as people with certain long-term health conditions that cannot be managed by traditional medications.
The most important factor in classifying cannabinoids is whether or not they are considered to affect mood and perception. Psychologically active cannabinoids are something that are being monitored closely. Some psychoactive cannabinoids are thought to reduce anxiety and improve mood, but there are others that may have the opposite effect.