Phytocannabinoids are cannabis plant-derived cannabinoids that are generated by the trichomes that are blanketing the plant itself. Trichomes are known to be responsible for producing the majority of the plant’s most sought-after properties. There are over 100 cannabinoids that have been found in the cannabis plant, with the most popular ones being THC and CBD.
Phytocannabinoids interact with our body’s receptors, mainyl CB1 and CB2, to produce psychoactive and therapeutically beneficial effects. The two main categories of cannabinoids are phytocannabinoids and endocannabinoids. Endocannabinoids are produced by mammals and phytocannabinoids are produced by plants.
Endocannabinoids can be thought of as cannabinoids that are produced inside the body. They are all part of what is called the endocannabinoid system. When the endocannabinoid system is working in balance, it is called homeostasis. On a structural level, endocannabinoids and phytocannabinoids are not a whole lot different from each other. Both of them stimulate the body’s endocannabinoid system by connecting to cannabinoid receptors.
Though it is the phytocannabinoids that are responsible for producing the medicinal effects in the body, including the effects that make a user feel high. Much research on phytocannabinoids still needs to be conducted, but it has been said that the current research proves them to be able to reduce anxiety, pain, inflammation, among many other health benefits. The main intoxicating cannabinoid is known to be delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC.
It activates the CB1 receptor and increased blood flow to the prefrontal cortex of the brain. This part of the brain is responsible for attention, motor skills, and decision-making. CBD is the second most known cannabinoid and contains therapeutic benefits such as reducing anxiety, reducing the severity of epilectic seizures, reducing pain, and reducing inflammation.
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The phytocannabinoids in this strain of weed seem to be fairly high in comparison to the last strain we smoked the other day.