Learn More About Cannabinoids
The most common belief is that cannabinoids are the chemical components found in hemp and marijuana plants. This is true, but not entirely.
Firstly, not all compounds of the cannabis plant are cannabinoids. There are over 480 natural components in cannabis, and at least 113 of them have been classified as cannabinoids.
Secondly, the definition is as follows: any chemical substance that binds the cannabinoids receptors in the brain and body and has similar effects to the cannabinoids produced by the cannabis plant. So, that’s the cannabinoids definition. But, what does it mean? Put simply, cannabinoids are not just found in cannabis. There are cannabinoids in the cannabis plant, there are cannabinoids in people and animals, and there are cannabinoids produced in labs.
The cannabinoid is a term that covers Phytocannabinoids, Synthetic Cannabinoids, and Endocannabinoids. The main difference between the three is where and how they occur.
Phytocannabinoids are cannabinoids that occur naturally in the cannabis plant. The term “phyto” means relating to plants, and they are just one of the types of cannabinoids out there.
However, since there is very little difference between phytocannabinoids and cannabinoids, people tend to use the two terms interchangeably. Don’t be confused is you see CBD defined as a phytocannabinoid or just a cannabinoid.
Phytocannabinoids are found in the resin glands, also called trichomes, on the flower and leaves of the cannabis plant.
Fun Fact: their original function is to protect the plant from UV rays, pests, and predators.
A synthetic cannabinoid, as the name suggests, is a man-made chemical that is artificial.
Synthetic cannabinoids can be found in the marketplace because of their low prices, increased potency, and wide-availability.
It's important to always review the Certificate of Analysis (COA) of any Hemp product before use.
LUXEARI does not use any sythetic cannabinoids. All of our cannabinoids are sourced from 100% real plants.
Endocannabinoids, also known as endogenous cannabinoids, are produced in the human body. Endocannabinoids are neurotransmitters located in the peripheral and central nervous system. These neurotransmitters form the complex network known as the EndoCannabinoid System (ECS).
Endocannabinoids bind and activate with two endocannabinoid receptors, CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors are located in the parts of the brain that control memory, thinking, emotions, and motor skills, while CB2 receptors are found in the central nervous and immune system.