Cannabis is a complex plant, and with the rise of CBD-infused products, many people are eager to understand more about the compound and its supposed benefits. Several CBD products are said to be powered by “phytocannabinoids.” So, what exactly are phytocannabinoids and why do we use them?
Phytocannabinoids vs endocannabinoids
Both THC (the psychotropic ingredient present in marijuana) and CBD are cannabinoids - defined as chemical compounds that the cannabis plant produces in varying degrees. While the differences between phytocannabinoids and endogenous cannabinoids (produced naturally in the body’s endocannabinoid system) are subtle, they do exist.
Phytocannabinoids are a group of cannabinoids, found as naturally-occurring concentrated oils in the resin that is present on the leaves and flowers of the cannabis plant, while endocannabinoids are produced in our bodies.
In short, endogenous cannabinoids are produced by mammals, phytocannabinoids are produced by plants - but both are cannabinoids.
What is the endocannabinoid system?
The endocannabinoid system is a biological system made up of receptors throughout the nervous system. Studies have shown that the EC system plays a vital role in regulating various physical and cognitive processes within the body. As the body produces endocannabinoids, the EC system’s receptors are activated.
How do phytocannabinoids work?
Studies show that because phytocannabinoids mimic the behavior of endocannabinoids synthesized by our bodies, they can interact with our body’s natural systems in the same way.
Can you get high from using CBD-infused products?
CBD does not contain THC - another type of cannabinoid that is commonly known as the psychotropic ingredient consumed in marijuana.
Therefore, the use of CBD products does not predispose you to any psychotropic activities.
Please refer to the product label for information on how to use for improved results.