The Fundamentals of Cannabis

One plant, thousands of possibilities.

Cannabis has been used across many countries and cultures for thousands of years. Because of this– its safety and efficacy is well known. In addition to the myriad of medicinal uses, cannabis can be used for industrial purposes. Industrial hemp possesses over 50,000 possibilities including biofuel, clothing, food, plastics, and building material. The products carefully chosen on this website demonstrate the vast array of applications. 

To understand the magnitude at which cannabis affects people on a cellular level, we must first look at the Endocannabinoid System (The Ecs). The Endocannabinoid System is a group of biological processes found in humans and plants. Every living thing with a vertebrate possesses an Endocannabinoid System. 

The Endocannabinoid System

 The Endocannabinoid System plays a major role in modulating functions associated with memory, pain, and mood.  The ECS is made up of the following:

  • Cannabinoid receptor sites, which are found throughout the entire human body
  • Endocannabinoids are cannabis-like chemicals that humans, animals,  and plants produce
  • Enzymes which break down these compounds
The image to the right demonstrates where two of the most prominent receptor sites, CB1 and CB2 are highlighted in the body.

Cannabinoids are a powerful class of fatty molecules found in humans (endocannabinoids) and plants (phytocannabinoids). When you consume cannabinoids, these compounds engage the receptor sites in the Endocannabinoid System. Below are some common cannabinoids.

There are over 150 active cannabinoids found in cannabis plants

Terpenes are aromatic compounds found in cannabis. These compounds are found in all herbs, fruits and vegetables. They give each cannabis strain it’s unique color, flavor, and scent.