What are Cannabinoids?
The word cannabinoid refers to a range of different “cannabis like” molecules which include phytocannabinoids, endocannabinoids and synthetic cannabinoids.
Phytocannabinoids are found in the cannabis plant, primarily in the flower. There are other species of plant in which cannabinoids can be found such as Echinacea,
and the controversial Kava plant from Polynesia.
Endocannabinoids are found in the human brain, bodily organs, throughout our peripheral nervous system, skin and muscle tissue and are naturally occurring.
Anandamide is an example of an endocannabinoid. When we exercise or even (quite interestingly) breast-feed our body naturally produces Anandamide – more commonly known as the “joy molecule”.
Synthetic cannabinoids are found…in a laboratory.
Due to the almost global hyper-regulation and banning of the plant in Australia in 1926 it was categorised as a Class 1 drug which meant that scientists weren’t allowed to conduct studies on it. This led scientists to create synthetic cannabinoids which were then turned into pharmaceutical medication and patented. But I digress…
When our bodies are under emotional or physical stress or dis-ease, our bodies ability to produce endocannabinoids decreases.
Due to the constant barrage of environmental stressors, we as a society, have endured an endocannabinoid deficiency without even knowing it.
It wasn’t until the early 1990’s that scientists discovered our Endocannabinoid system and its crucial role in our health and happiness.
The primary reason to introduce Phytocannabinoids into our bodies is to increase and support our own endocannabinoid system. Who’s function it is to reinstate balance and create homeostasis in the body.
As you can see cannabinoids are not new. They have been an integral player in our health since the beginning of time.
Fortunately, now after many countries have either legalised or at least decriminalised cannabis we have decades worth of modern studies and experience to draw on, not to mention the anecdotal evidence provided by thousands of years of utilisation prior to regulation.
Cannabis plants, due to their ability to create phytocannabinoids seem to have a very special relationship to humans and other plant eating mammals having evolved together for centuries.
We have an increasingly clear understanding of the active constituents in the cannabis plant and the role it has to play in our wellbeing.
Since then a growing team of scientists, enthusiasts, wellness seekers and alike have been endevouring to access research and enable access to this amazingly powerful plant.
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