Cannabinoids are the chemical compounds that the cannabis plant produces naturally, and they have proven effective as a natural alternative for pain relief, inflammation and nausea. While the cannabis plants produces 480 different compounds, 66 of them are called cannabinoids. Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabinoids are the most commonly occurring.
Terpenoids provide the aroma you smell. They are secreted from the same glands that produce cannabidiol and THC. Scientists have identified more than 100 different terpenes in cannabis plants, and each strain has a unique terpene composition and type.
It is important to know that while isolated, cannabinoids have their own characteristic properties, the different compounds have synergistic effects when the whole symphony of phytonutrients are consumed together.
This synergy has been an important revelation, as it directly proves that the combined effect of Hemp phytonutrients when consumed together, as they naturally occur in the plant is greater than the sum of the individual nutrients. To easily understand the concept, we can use the 1+1 equation. We all know that 1+1 =2 but when Hemp phytonutrients are consumed together rather than individually then the equation changes from 1+1=3 OR 4 or more.
Besides the Terpenoids and Cannabinoids there are many other vitamins, minerals, pigments, proteins, enzymes, essential sugars, polyphenol antioxidants, flavonoids and essential fatty acids present in the plant and these can be combined to come up with more effective therapeutic solutions.
Synthetic cannabinoids are chemical compounds that have been designed to behave like the psychoactive chemical tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) but, as is the case with all synthetic chemicals, the positive effect of the cannabinoids is reduced while the negative side effects are amplified. They still attach to the same cannabinoid receptors in the brain to produce the sense of euphoria, but they bind with a higher affinity.
Because synthetic cannabinoids react more powerfully with the brain’s cannabinoid receptors, they are more intoxicating that natural, industrial cannabis. It is easier to over-use synthetic cannabinoids and go through harmful and unpleasant side effects.
Synthetic cannabinoids may be significantly more potent than THC and can cause severe side effects such as chest pain, vomiting, an increased heart rate, headaches, high blood pressure, vision blackouts, agitation, kidney damage and psychosis.