Cannabinoids 101: What Makes Cannabis Medicine?

 Photo Credit: Leafly

Photo Credit: Leafly

Cannabinoids are the chemical compounds within the cannabis plant that mimic compounds our bodies already produce called endocannabinoids. Because of this, these plant based cannabinoids have the ability to interact with cannabinoid receptors in our body in order provide a wide range of therapeutic effects, among them being relief from pain, nausea, anxiety, and inflammation. The effect a cannabis strain is able to produce is dependent on the strain’s cannabinoid composition and on how these cannabinoids bind to the different receptors in our bodies. Some pharmaceutical medications have produced synthetic cannabinoids in order to produce symptom relief that imitates that produced by the cannabis plant. Some of these medications include Marinol, Nabilone, and Rimonabant. However, isolating and mimicking these compounds means that the relief they provide are highly targeted and limited, and research has shown herbal cannabis elicits a wider variety of therapeutic effects.

It is important to understand which types of cannabinoids work best for treating your symptoms so that you can discover optimal relief. With our app’s journaling function, you can easily monitor your dosing regimen so that you can keep track of what works and what doesn’t. If you don’t know where to begin, our physician approved guidelines can point you towards a good starting point, from which you can begin to titrate and and make alterations based on your personal preferences.

This information has been provided in part by Leafly and approved by our Chief Medical Officer. You can also visit their page for a helpful infographic detailing cannabinoids that may help treat specific symptoms. While the infographic does not provide information regarding how much of each cannabinoid you should aim for, it could help in understanding what to look for when visiting your nearest dispensary.