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March 25, 2024

Cannabinoids & the ECS

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What are cannabioids and why do they affect me?

Cannabinoids are a diverse class of chemical compounds that are produced in the human body as endocannabinoids, and in cannabis plants as phytocannabinoids. 

Cannabis plants contain over 120 known cannabinoids. The most common cannabinoids most people have heard of are THC and CBD. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is most known for its psychoactive experience, while CBD (cannabidiol) has becone popular for its characteristics without the psychoactive effects of THC. Cannabinoids are believed to have the following beneficial properties:

The Endocannabinoid System. Cannabinoids produced either in your own body or from supplements derived from the cannabis plant  support your Endocannabinoid System (ECS). The ECS, which exists in all vertebrate species, including most of our pets, regulates a wide range of functions and strives to maintain balance throughout the body. 

The entourage effect describes how multiple parts of the cannabis plant, primarily cannabinoids and terpenes, work together synergistically. In turn, producing a combined effect greater than the sum of their individual effects. 

In music, harmony can only be created when multiple chords or notes are played simultaneously. In turn, instruments can register even more powerfully when they are in harmony with other instruments. Think of one violin players in contrast to a full symphony orchestra. 

Learn more about common cannabinoids and their typical effects.


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