How many Cannabinoids are in Hemp?
Tetrahydrocannabinol, THC, and Cannabidiol, CBD are two of the most common cannabinoids found within cannabis, as they are classical cannabinoids. Hemp is grown however, to eliminate the presence of THC, while promoting over 113 cannabinoids within its complex plant material. At over 113 cannabinoids, the question remains: How many cannabinoids are in hemp? What about synthetic cannabinoids?
Cannabinoids are isolated from the cannabis plant in order to isolate certain effects of cannabis for different uses within the endocannabinoid system. The cannabinoid Cannabigerol, CBG, is the precursor to all cannabinoids, and is considered the “mother cannabinoid”.
CBG also has a number of benefits itself, showing to help those suffering from neuropathic pain, as well as helping to reduce the symptoms of Lennox Gastaut Syndrome, a type of epilepsy.
The endocannabinoid system is a complex one within the brain, as much of the human body is. Medical marijuana is specifically designed and cultivated to play into certain receptors within said system, while also isolating the effects of cannabinoids.
Other cannabinoids such as Cannabinol, CBN, and Cannabichromene, CBC, have also gained tremendous traction within the medical market as possible long term treatments for a number of ailments. In clinical trials, CBC has been shown to actually promote brain growth!
The health care system tends to have trouble getting behind psychoactive substances that are not directly developed by themselves. The health care system has no problem pumping out drugs such as Xanax to the general public, and at times, making addicts out of innocent people. The lack of legalization of cannabis has created a number of problems, including the prevalence of synthetic cannabinoid products.
Synthetic Cannabinoid products: What are they?
Synthetic cannabinoids are defined as “a class of molecules that bind to the same receptors to which cannabinoids in cannabis plants attach. They are designer drugs, commonly sprayed onto plant matter and are usually smoked.”
These drugs have nothing to do with cannabis, and could not even be considered similar to the drug if one actually looks deeply into the side effects of these drugs, it is not hard to understand the dangers. Some of these side effects are even life threatening.
The side effects can include but are not limited to: Raised Heart rate and palpitations, agitation, anxiety, paranoia, vomiting, confusions, hallucinations, as well as death.
The long term side effects of the abuse of these drugs is unclear, but it can quite obviously lead to psychosis, as well as violent crime. Take Timothy Jones, a man who murdered his 5 children while under the influence of spice, and quite obviously committed a completely psychotic crime.
It has also been noted that these synthetic cannabinoids have the propensity to be extremely addictive. Not that cannabis cannot be addictive either, but these drugs have shown to create dependencies in people similar to that of opioids. This is a drug that turned people of my home state, New York, into “zombies”, in heartbreaking footage.
Drugs that are classified as synthetic, especially cannabinoids of K2 and Spice’s nature, which could be any number of products, including multiple types of rat poison. These same dangers can also be applied to the black market of THC cartridges as well.
A cartridge off the street could be filled with anything from Cannabis oil cut with vitamin E acetate, or filled with literal honey, or any other substance a manufacturer feels like putting in it.
Cannabinoids found in hemp, such as CBD and CBN, are perfectly safe, and have a number of benefits to the human body. It is important to know the difference between those found in hemp, and synthetic ones that are made in a lab.
Stay safe, think higher.