An Overview of Cannabinoids

by Kentucky Hemp Works

can·nab·i·noid (noun) /ˈkanəbəˌnoid’/

~any of a group of closely related compounds which include cannabinol and the active constituents of cannabis. ~


Here are some of the most commonly-used cannabinoids and how they function within our Endocannabinoid System.

❇The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) was discovered in the early 1990s by scientists trying to understand how THC (the psychoactive cannabinoid) affected the body.

❇The ECS interacts with all 11 main physiological systems in the human body (muscular, respiratory, circulatory, etc.)

❇Among other things, the ECS helps regulate immune function, appetite, mood, memory, inflammation, sleep, and stress response.

❇Researchers believe that the main function of the endocannabinoid system is to “maintain bodily homeostasis — biological harmony in response to changes in the environment”.

❇The ECS has three main components: endocannabinoids, receptors, and enzymes.


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