Cannabis plants are chemical powerhouses that produce more than 400 different compounds. Of these compounds, nearly 60 of them – called cannabinoids – offer a variety of different health benefits. While only a handful have been thoroughly researched, many are known to produce very positive effects on the human body. Understanding how cannabinoids affect the body can help determine which strains are right for you.

For your reference, here’s a list of cannabinoids and the conditions they treat:

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)

THC is perhaps the most well-known cannabinoid. It produces and euphoric and psychoactive effect on the body, commonly known as a “high”. It also has strong pain-killing abilities and is used to stimulate appetite.

Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THC-A)

THC-A is basically THC without the psychoactive effects. It has a variety of beneficial pharmacological properties and is thought to be especially effective for treating inflammation, nausea and certain types of cancer.

Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THC-V)

THC-V is similar to THC in molecular structure and psychoactive properties, but it produces a variety of different effects. It’s thought to suppress appetite, help with diabetes, reduce panic attacks, treat some symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, and stimulate bone growth.

Cannabinol (CBN)

CBN offers a unique profile of effects and benefits that scientists are still learning about. It’s best known as a sedative but has many other thoroughly-studied benefits. CBN is thought to promote bone cell growth, serve as an antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-convulsive, as well as work as an appetite stimulant.

Cannabidol (CBD)

CBD might be the most studied cannabinoid with superior medical benefits. It’s know to treat epileptic seizures and serious neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s, Multiple Sclerosis, and Parkinson’s Disease. It’s also though to treat inflammation and mood disorders, fight cancer and relieve pain.

These cannabinoids are combating some very serious conditions but are gentle enough to be part of a daily health regimen. They are truly some of the most remarkable compounds in the natural world.

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