Science Behind THC and CBD

The Science Behind Cannabinoids and the THC

What are cannabinoids? Well, cannabinoids[1] are the class of complex naturally occurring chemical compounds, they act as cannabinoid receptors. These receptors are found in the brain cells that repress neurotransmitter release. There are three types of cannabinoids: endocannabinoids (found in humans and animals), phytocannabinoids (found in certain plants) and synthetic cannabinoids (they are man made). Cannabinoid receptors, discovered in 1988, which lead to the search for the binding chemical that binds to them. The receptors have been identified into two groups CB1 and CB2. They have many locations throughout the body including the Brain, liver, lungs, kidneys, immune system and hematopoietic cells. They are associated with various physiological responses such as appetite, pain-sensation, mood, and memory. Endocannabinoids were first discovered in 1992, called the Anandamide. It has similar chemical properties to the most well-known cannabinoid, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). The anandamide can be found in the variety of animals, some plants and …

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