- Cannabinoids are a diverse class of chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant that interact with the body's endocannabinoid system. They are responsible for the plant's various therapeutic and psychoactive effects. The two most well-known cannabinoids are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD).
- Cannabinoids are found in the trichomes of the cannabis plant, which are small, hair-like structures found on the leaves and buds. These trichomes contain high concentrations of cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids.
- Cannabinoids interact with the body's endocannabinoid system, which is a network of receptors and enzymes that regulate various physiological processes. THC, for example, binds to cannabinoid receptors in the brain and produces the "high" associated with cannabis use. CBD, on the other hand, does not bind to these receptors and is thought to have a more medicinal effect.
- Cannabinoids are formed during the cannabis plant's growth cycle. They are produced in the trichomes of the plant as the plant matures. The plant will typically reach maturity around 7-9 weeks after it enters the flowering stage.
In summary, cannabinoids are chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant that interact with the body's endocannabinoid system. They are found in the trichomes of the plant and are formed as the plant matures. Cannabis plants typically reach maturity in 8-12 weeks, depending on the variety and growing conditions. Once mature, the plant will have a high concentration of cannabinoids in the trichomes, making it ideal for use in medical and recreational cannabis products available at our GNOMAD Canna Co dispensaries in Hobbs & Tatum NM.
There are many different cannabinoids, each with its own unique properties.
- THC is the main psychoactive compound in cannabis plants. It’s responsible for the “high” or state of euphoria associated with cannabis use. Levels of THC have been increasing as growers try to create hybrids with a greater concentration of the compound.
- CBD is non-impairing or non-euphoric. It doesn’t cause a “high.” However, it may produce many physical benefits, such as reducing pain and nausea, preventing seizures, and easing migraine.
- CBN. Cannabinol (CBN) is used to ease symptoms and side effects of neurological conditions, including epilepsy, seizures, and uncontrollable muscle stiffness.
- THCA. Tetrahydrocannabinol acid (THCA) is similar to THC, but it doesn’t cause any psychoactive effects. Its potential benefits include reducing inflammation caused by arthritis and autoimmune diseases. It may also help reduce symptoms of neurological conditions like Parkinson’s disease and ALS.
- CBG. Cannabigerol (CBG) is thought to help reduce anxiety and symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and depression.