Cannabinoids are chemical compounds that interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). Your body actually produces its own cannabinoids, called endocannabinoids, that help regulate the body’s internal balance. Cannabinoids from marijuana, or phytocannabinoids, interfere with this system and cause the euphoria associated with THC. The major cannabinoids we usually hear about are THC and CBD, but there are hundreds more that help create the “entourage effect” that make each strain so unique.
What Is THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol)?
THC stimulates cells in the brain that release dopamine to helps create euphoria. The warm and fuzzy feeling you get when high comes from the effects of THC. THC’s common effects include a sense of relaxation, feelings of joy, heightened sensory perception, laughter, altered perception of time, and increase in appetite.
What is CBD (Cannabidiol)
CBD is one of the more abundant cannabinoids. It isn’t psychoactive, meaning it won’t produce the high that THC does. While it may not get you the same euphoric feeling, CBD can help with pain, insomnia, anxiety, and encourages a feeling of calming relaxation.
"Pro Tip: CBD can actually help bring you back down to Earth if you get that "too high" feeling from ingesting too much THC."
The Entourage Effect
This effect occurs when CBD, THC, terpenes, and other cannabinoids all combine in your system to produce a well rounded high. This effect is best observed when smoking flower or live resin because the process used to create them helps preserve all the naturally occurring cannabinoids, flavonoids and terpenes.