Most everyone is familiar with the effects of THC effects—that’s the cannabis compound that makes you hear colors (among other things). Science calls that “psychoactive”. We just call it good fun. But what about CBD effects? Is CBD equally as psychoactive? This article will answer that question and discuss the effects that CBD has to offer. But first, it’s important to delve into the multi-syllabic world of chemistry and chemical compounds in order to get to know what makes marijuana work.
What Is Cannabis Made Of?
Cannabis is made up of chemical compounds called cannabinoids. Perhaps the best-known cannabinoids are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). But those aren’t the only two. Other lesser-known cannabinoids include cannabigerol (CBG), cannabichromene (CBC), and cannabicitran (CBT). The nomenclature gets even more convoluted when those broad categories are further subdivided into such compounds as cannabinerolic acid A, cannabichromevarinic acid A, and cannabinol methyl ether.
More broadly, cannabinoids fall into three categories:
- Phytocannabinoids (found in the cannabis plant)
- Endocannabinoids (found naturally in the body)
- Synthetic cannabinoids (manufactured artificially)
Scientists have isolated 113 different phytocannabinoids (the natural kind) from the cannabis plant. Bet you can’t name them all! All joking aside, to truly understand CBD effects, it’s essential that we know what cannabinoids do.