So what’s so remarkable about these compounds?
Cannabinoids interact with cannabinoid receptors in the endocannabinoid system to affect the way that we behave and feel. This makes them useful in the same way as any other pharmaceutical drug.
Why don’t we know more about cannabinoids?
For decades the ‘war on drugs’ positioned cannabis as a dangerous drug with no medical benefits. As a result research was all but banned, and the research that did take place was limited. Now that laws are relaxing, more research is being done and scientists are uncovering new cannabinoids. 113 have been identified so far including the commonly known CBD and THC.
Are all cannabinoids intoxicating?
No, not all cannabinoids are intoxicating. Some are psychoactive without producing the intoxicated or “high” feeling. CBD for example has been useful in treating seizure disorders without noticeable cognitive impairment.
How do we activate cannabinoids?
The cannabinoids that occur naturally in Cannabis require heat to turn into active cannabinoids like THC and CBD. This process is called decarboxylation and occurs at a lower temperature than the boiling point.
How can we make use of cannabinoids?
The most common ways to ingest cannabinoids are through the lungs (respiratory system), stomach (gastrointestinal system) or under the tongue(mucosal system).
What is the fastest way to benefit from cannabinoids?
Inhalation allows effects to start almost immediately, sublingual (under the tongue) in about 15 - 30 minutes whereas when eating them the effects can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours to start.