The shop budtenders at BCSBESTEXPRESS get asked on a daily basis about cannabinoids, how they will affect them, if CBD will get them high and will CBD put them to sleep. A lot of people do not understand the differences between them and how to use properly. We love this question because we want to make sure our customers are getting the right products to fulfill their needs.
So what are CANNABINOIDS??
Cannabinoids are a group of chemical compounds that are found in the cannabis plant. There are hundreds of different cannabinoids, but the main ones that we frequently see in articles and on packages include:
• Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the main psychoactive compound in cannabis plants. It’s responsible for the “high” or state of euphoria associated with cannabis use. Levels of THC have been increasing as growers try to create hybrids with a greater concentration of the compound.
• Cannabidiol (CBD) is non-impairing or non-euphoric. It doesn’t cause a “high.” However, it may produce many physical benefits, such as reducing pain and nausea, preventing seizures, and easing migraine.
• Cannabinol (CBN) is used to ease symptoms and side effects of neurological conditions, including epilepsy, seizures, and uncontrollable muscle stiffness.
• Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA) is similar to THC, but it doesn’t cause any psychoactive effects. Its potential benefits include reducing inflammation caused by arthritis and autoimmune diseases. It may also help reduce symptoms of neurological conditions like Parkinson’s disease and ALS.
• Cannabigerol (CBG) is thought to help reduce anxiety and symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and depression.
The main way in which the cannabinoids are differentiated is based on their degree of psych activity. For example, CBG, CBC and CBD are not known to be psychologically active agents whereas THC and CBN along with some other cannabinoids are known to have varying degrees of psych activity.
THC + CBN
THC works by binding with the cannabinoid 1 (CB1) receptors in the brain. It produces a high or sense of euphoria.
When THC is exposed to the air, it becomes oxidized and forms CBN which also interacts with THC to lessen its impact. This is why cannabis that has been left out unused will has less potent effects when smoked, due to the increased CBN to THC ratio.
CBD binds very weakly, if at all, to CB1 receptors. CBD needs THC to bind to the CB1 receptor and, in turn, can help reduce some of the unwanted psychoactive effects of THC, such as euphoria or sedation.
The most abundant cannabinoids is CBD, it is thought to have anti-anxiety effects, possibly counteracting the psychoactive effects of THC.
Does CBD put you to sleep?
CBD by itself will not put you to sleep, but it reduces symptoms of anxiety, which will allow you to become more relaxed.
If you have any questions or if you are not sure what products you should be using always make sure to ask your local budtender. They will help you with picking out the product that fits your needs! 🙂