Cannabinoids 101

Cannabis is a rich source of cannabinoids. Cannabinoids include compounds that influence the body’s endocannabinoid system. Cannabinoids can also be found in plants or created synthetically.

Types Of Cannabinoids

There are many different types of cannabinoids.

  • Phytocannabinoids are found in the cannabis plant and a handful of other plants.
  • Endocannabinoids are found in the bodies of mammals, including humans.
  • Synthetic cannabinoids are created in a lab.

Types of cannabinoids include:

Cannabinoids come in different forms, including:

  • Leaves
  • Flowers
  • Buds
  • Capsules
  • Edible Gummies
  • Brownies
  • Creams and Lotions 
  • Oils
  • Oro-mucosal Sprays
  • Tinctures
  • Vaporization

Consistent use of cannabinoids in adolescent years is linked to dependence, lower IQ, worse educational outcomes, worse life satisfaction and achievement, and increased risk for psychotic disorders. It is best not to use any form of cannabis until you are at least 21 years old or older.

Cannabinoids And Other Drugs

It is not a good idea to mix other drugs, including over-the-counter medicines and prescription drugs, with cannabinoids, as they can become an unpredictable mixture.

Mixing alcohol and cannabinoids can cause symptoms including nausea, paranoia, anxiety, or feeling like vomiting.

The use of cannabinoids could be more dangerous if:

  • Taken in combination with other drugs, especially methamphetamine 
  • Driving
  • Important decisions or motor coordination is required
  • Heart problems
  • Mental health issues

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