Cannabinoids are active compounds found in hemp and marijuana plants. Most people wonder whether cannabinoids are harmful when consumed. The answer depends on the type of cannabinoid in question. Cannabinoids derived from the marijuana plant contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which provides a “high” feeling when used. THC has a feeling of euphoria and relaxation and can also cause temporary memory loss. Cannabinoids derived from the hemp plant are cannabidiol (CBD). Scientists have studied CBD and found that it has therapeutic effects on the body. Unlike THC, CBD does not produce a “high” when used. Here is what you should know about cannabinoids.

  1. Effects. Cannabinoids produce their effects by interacting with some receptors in your nervous system. When consumed, cannabinoids regulate how your cells send, receive, and process messages. Your brain and body contain an endocannabinoid system, which affects functions such as mood, memory, sleep, and appetite. This system includes molecules called cannabinoids. THC and CBD affect the functioning of these molecules and impact how they communicate.  
  2. Legality. Cannabinoids derived from the hemp plant are legal, and you can access them in most markets. However, only some states allow the use of cannabinoids developed from the marijuana plant. The District of Columbia and 30 states allow the use of Cannabis for medical purposes. The legality of Cannabis is gradually increasing as scientists continue to study the plant. For instance, there is a new type of THC called Delta 8 THC, which experts say that it has a different impact on the user’s body. Nevertheless, most states still limit the amount of Cannabis one can grow, possess, and use.
  3. Usage. Users of illegal and synthetic cannabinoids consume the product through smoking, vaporizing, or eating. Medical cannabinoids come in various forms, such as oils, oral spray, and raw Cannabis. You can also vaporize natural Cannabis for medicinal purposes. Experts have also developed gels, which you can apply directly to your skin.
  4. Cannabinoids and other Drugs. The effect of mixing cannabinoids with other drugs such as alcohol, over-the-counter medicines, and prescription medications is often unpredictable. Mixing Cannabis and alcohol can increase unpleasant feelings such as nausea, panic, vomiting, paranoia, and anxiety. On the other hand, experts suggest that using cannabinoids with ecstasy can reduce impaired memory, vomiting, and mental health problems.
  5. Dependence. Cannabinoids can be addictive. Currently, they are more popular among teenagers, and the habit can prolong into adulthood. Cannabinoids can have a lasting cognitive impairment, low life achievements, poor education outcomes, and increased mental illness risk.
  6. Health and Safety. Always remember that there is no safe level of drug use. Any amount comes with some risk. You should be careful when taking cannabinoids. However, these drugs are likely to be more harmful when; taken in combination with other drugs, driving or operating machinery, alone, judgment is required, and when the user has an existing heart or mental condition.

Avoid using cannabinoids as an alternative to your doctor’s prescription. The best way to take charge of your health is to talk to your health care provider before taking any complementary health approaches.