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Cannabinoids: What Exactly Are They?

Cannabinoids are both psychoactive and non-psychoactive compounds naturally produced by trichomes in the cannabis plant. These compounds are the key drivers in the rapid development of the modern cannabis-related industry. With over 480 different compounds, approximately 66 are “cannabinoids.”

The most well known is cannabinoid is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the main psychoactive component of cannabis. The other famous compound is cannabidiol (CBD), renowned for its holistic benefits. This is the cannabinoid that has driven medical research and pro-cannabis legislation. This is because it’s demonstrated potential therapeutic efficacy in the treatment of pain, mood disorders, and inflammatory diseases.

These are just 2 of the 66 cannabinoids founds in the plant, and all of their effects can vary significantly. Such effects are determined by composition, purity, and quantity. These differences in cannabinoids are a key subject of legislation and regulation. Therefore, the use of reliable reference materials for potency testing is critical— it ensures the compliance and safety of cannabis-related products.

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