A cannabinoid is a class of chemical compounds that act on cannabinoid receptors found in cells.
There are two types of cannabinoids occurring in nature. There are endocannabinoids, meaning cannabinoids produced by the body and phytocannabinoids produced by plants. Both work with your Endocannabinoid system, ECS.
Many plants produce Phytocannabinoids. Hemp or cannabis, turmeric, black pepper, and saffron, to name a few. Another name for these cannabinoids is cannabimimetic. The most famous of cannabinoids is THC but CBD, from hemp, is rapidly gaining popularity due to its the ability to boost your health without getting you high!
Endogenous, meaning internally produced, cannabinoids are provided by the body such as Anandamide and 2 AG. These internally produced cannabinoids work with the ECS receptors to maintain health. Endocannabinoid receptors are found through the entire body, your brain, organs, immune cells, and connective tissue; you can see why they are so important!!!
Phytocannabinoids and Endocannabinoids work synergistically in the body. CBD inhibits FAAH which slows the degradation of the endocannabinoid Anandamide, pretty cool right? CBD also stimulates the ECS receptor TRPV-1, which is responsible for inflammation, pain, and body temp.
Over 113 cannabinoids are in hemp. They all interact differently with the ECS receptors located throughout the body to promote a balance of your best health. CBD is the most readily available cannabinoid to activate your health.