Cannabinoid Science

What are Cannabinoids?

There are three types of cannabinoids known to scientists today: endocannabinoids (found within the human body), phytocannabinoids (found in plants such as cannabis), and ones created in a lab known as synthetic cannabinoids.  In addition to cannabinoids, the chemical profile of the cannabis plant contains other compounds like terpenoids, amino acids, proteins, sugars, enzymes, fatty acids, esters, and flavonoids, just to name a few. Learn more

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Cannabidiol (CBD): Fighting Inflammation & Cancers
Cannabidiol (CBD): Fighting Inflammation & Aggressive Forms of Cancer
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How The Endocannabinoid System Controls Appetite
Studies conducted on women afflicted with eating disorders have revealed a deficiency in endocannabinoid levels.
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Cannabinoids In Cannabis Found In Human Breast Milk
The discovery of endocannabinoid production in human breast milk leads researchers to believe cannabis is a integral part of our development.
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Study Shows CBD May Treat Stress Due To Neurogenesis
According to a recent study, cannabidiol (CBD) spurred an increase in neuron production and battled the effects of chronic unpredictable stress.
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THC In Cannabis Encourages Neuroplasticity In The Brain
Study: THC Found In Cannabis Encourages Neuroplasticity In The Brain Of Many Medical Marijuana Patients
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An Overview Of The Cannabinoid Cannabigerol (CBG)
Cannabigerol (CBG) has strong anti-inflammatory properties and may benefit patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), researchers find in study.
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An Overview of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)
Widely considered the most psychoactive cannabinoid in the cannabis plant, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) also has many medicinal uses.
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About Cannabichromene (CBC) In Medical Marijuana
Cannabichromene (CBC) Found In Medical Cannabis May Be a Viable Treatment Option For Various Forms of Cancer, But More Research Must Be Done
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Cannabinol (CBN): The Cannabinoid That Helps You Sleep
Cannabinol is known to serve multiple purposes such as aiding in sleep, acting as an anti-bacterial and providing an indication of cannabis freshness.
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CBC In Medical Marijuana And Its Effects On The Brain
Study: Cannabichromene (CBC) Found In Cannabis May Aid Medical Marijuana Patients In Furthering Brain Development
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An Overview Of Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV)
Though the chemical structure of tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV) is nearly identical to tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), there are differences between each.
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Cannabidiol (CBD) Makes Its Way To The Forefront
As we know, Cannabidiol (CBD) is believed to reduce anxiety, prevent certain cancers, benefit heart health, and more.
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A Brief Overview of the Endocannabinoid System
The endocannabinoid system is comprised of cannabinoid receptors in the body; the most well known cannabinoid receptors being CB1 and CB2.
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The Entourage Effect: Whole-Plant Cannabis Medicine
The entourage effect is when cannabinoids in work together and affect the body in a mechanism similar to the body's own endocannabinoid system.

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Cannabis Plant Anatomy: Trichomes 101
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