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ENVY Yourself: Cannabinoids

April 11, 2019 3 min read

Before we dive into Envy's collection of various CBD products and how each of these products can further assist your journey towards a holistic wellness experience, it is imperative to understand how the human body reacts to various chemical compounds present in Full Spectrum CBD products.  These chemical compounds that ultimately reflect physiological changes are the result of cannabinoids.

What are Cannabinoids?

Phytocannabinoids, or "cannabinoids," are the natural chemical compounds produced by both cannabis and hemp plants that provide natural protection to the plant.  There are over 100 cannabinoids unique to both plants and an array of other, everyday plants.  Cannabinoids closely resemble the natural compounds produced by our own bodies, which are called endocannabinoids.  These molecules bind to the bodies cannabinoid receptors and act to regulate body functions within the human endocannabinoid system (ECS).

Like endocannabinoids, each cannabinoid has a different composition and influence on the cannabinoid receptors in the endocannabinoid system.  While research over cannabinoids has been exhaustive for the amount of time it's been researched, scientists have established that the human ECS contains two cannabinoid receptors that ultimately capture these chemical properties and relay them to the rest of the body - CB1 receptors are found in the brain and CB2 receptors are found in the immune system.

What are the most abundant Cannabinoids?

Both hemp and cannabis plants contain a variety of cannabinoids that ultimately react with the body to produce an abundance of physiological effects.  Between both plants, the two most abundant cannabinoids are terahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD).

THC (tetrahydrocannabinol)

  • Psychoactive
  • Used for acute pain relief, stress, appetite, and sleep
  • Most prevalent cannabinoid in the cannabis plant

CBD (cannabidiol)

  • Non-Psychoactive
  • Used for pain management, mental disorders, appetite stimulation, and insomnia treatment
  • Most prevalent in hemp plant

There are other cannabinoids that provide a variety of uses.  Some of the more abundant cannabinoids to consider are THCa (tetrahydrocannabinolic acid), CBDa (cannabidiolic acid), CBN (cannabinol), and CBG (cannabigerol).

THCa

  • Psychoactive in large quantities, but otherwise, non-psychoactive for most people
  • Delivers similar healing properties of THC but with a significantly lower psychoactive probability
  • THCa is the pre-activated compound of THC, whereas THC is the activated compound upon interaction with heat

CBDa

  • Non-psychoactive
  • Delivers similar healing properties of CBD
  • CBDa is the pre-activated compound of CBD, whereas CBD is the activated compound upon interaction with heat

CBN

  • Non-psychoactive
  • Breaks down with the activation of THCa
  • Widely known for its sedative effect and often used in conjunction with CBD in dealing with pain management, inflammation and insomnia

CBG

  • Non-psychoactive
  • Used for muscular disorders, skin conditions, inflammation, and anxiety

Cannabinoids in Relation to Envy CBD Products

In relation to Envy CBD products, all of these cannabinoids are present to activate a phenomenon called the "Entourage Effect."  The Entourage Effect results when the many cannabinoids present in both hemp and cannabis interact with the human body to produce a stronger influence than any of those components alone - it's a synergistic effect.

To understand the concept, think of it in terms of human interactions.  We all have gifts and abilities that can carry us to a certain point in life.  Sometimes, we'll meet another person who has different gifts and abilities.  When partnerships are formed between two people, and abilities are combined, the result is not the sum of each gift or ability, but rather, a multiplication of those abilities applied.  This multiplication of effects is what is called Full Spectrum; and its available in ALL Envy products.

While Envy CBD products are Full Spectrum, our proprietary process removes the psychoactive elements of THC from the equation; leaving you with an abundance of holistic wellness properties all without the associated high feeling that would more or less be experience with traditional cannabis products.  In general, the higher the potency of cannabinoids in your product, the more effective.  This is why our products are offered in a variety of different CBD strengths.  The higher the mg count of cannabinoids, the higher the efficacy of the product.


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