Cannabinoids are naturally present in plants of the Cannabis Sativa L. species. We ingest them when consuming cannabis or hemp – more or less depending on what exactly is consumed, and how. The human body also produces cannabinoids, and there are many ways we are still discovering their properties, benefits, and manifestations.
What are cannabinoids?
Cannabinoids are chemical compounds that act on cannabinoid receptors present in the human body, as well as in the organism of certain other mammals. Cannabinoid receptors have a direct impact on neurotransmitter release in the brain. In other words, they influence the way it processes data and other chemical compounds.
Cannabinoid receptors that we know of have been named CB1 and CB2. They are located in different areas of the brain and the nervous system, which means they can control different functions and impact different aspects of one’s health (although they are known to work in concert in certain cases).
Some cannabinoids are quite familiar to the public, due to the…