It's important to be made aware of the differences between the cannabinoids that are produced by the cannabis plant. Each one can produce different effects and therefore can be used for different treatments. Paying attention to the percentage of each cannabinoid in a product can help you determine what it can be used for and help the consumer better understand the outcome it will have on them.
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The following are the top cannabinoids scientists have found in the cannabis plant:
The cannabis plant produces cannabinoid acids that when activated by heat yield compounds that are used for medical or recreational reasons. "When cannabinoid acids are exposed to heat energy, they lose the "A" part and turn into neutral, rather than acidic, plant cannabinoids. Cannabinoid acids are not known to produce intoxication effects like THC. But they do have a variety of interesting properties. For example, many cannabinoid acids have antibiotic or insecticidal properties. This is likely related to the reason Cannabis produces these compounds in the first place: to defend itself."
The major differences between the cannabinoid groups are the extent of their psychoactive properties. It's important to know the active properties of each cannabinoid and what they can be used to treat. It is also important to know the percentage of each cannabinoid in each product, combining specific ones can produce different effects for the consumer. "CBD may actually have anti-anxiety effects and lessen the psychoactive effects of THC. This means that a plant with a greater percentage of CBD may reduce the intensity of the effects of the THC, which in effect lowers the potency of the plant. Use of a cannabis plant with less CBD has been shown to have an increased psychological impact and result in unwanted effects such as anxiety." Scientists are working to discover more cannabinoids and how they function.