THC Cannabinoids – What are They?

Marijuana is very healing. We hear that often these days with all of the legislation changing. Why is marijuana so healing? It’s the cannabinoids! Our bodies produce their own cannabinoids and when our bodies fail to make enough, marijuana’s cannabinoids can replenish what we lack and reestablish our balance, thus healing us.

Cannabinoids (also known as “phytocannabinoids ) are concentrated on the surface of the female flowers in the trichomes, the resin glands that give cannabis it’s “frosty” appearance. Let’s look at what they do.

It has recently been discovered that our bodies produce endocannabinoids (endogenous cannabinoids) that have a molecular structure similar to the cannabinoids produced cannabis plants, exocannabinoids. . Endocannabinoids are produced in the body – “endo” prefix meaning “in”. Exocannabinoids are produced outside of the body – “exo” prefix meaning “out”. THC and CBD, cannabidinol, are exocannabinoids produced by cannabis.

Our bodies have an endocannabinoid system made of cannabinoids and cannabinoid (CB) receptors and a way to make and eliminate endocannabinoids. The cannabinoids are like keys and the receptors are like locks. When a key turns a lock, biological activities of the body are initiated.  Cannabinoids affect almost every system in our body regulating sleep, appetite, moods and more.

In 1992, Lumir Ondrej Hanus and William Duvane discovered a new endocannabinoid and named it anadamide after the Sanskrit word “ananda” for ecstasy. It was referred to as “the body’s own marijuana.”

When we are ill and our bodies lack the correct balance of endocannabinoids, marijuana comes to the rescue with the exocannabinoids that it produces and it helps to restore our body’s communication system.

Different strains of cannabis affect our body in different ways. Some make us happy, others energetic and yet others make us feel relaxed. New research finds amaze me again and again!

“Cannabis is the single most versatile herbal remedy on Earth. No other single plant contains as wide a range of medically active herbal constituents.”  Quoted from: “Marijuana – Gateway to Health” by Clint Werner.

The potential of yet to be discovered therapeutic value is impressive.