What are Cannabinoids

What are Cannabinoids? How do they work?

Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is one of over 120+ naturally occurring (Phyto)cannabinoid compounds found in the Hemp plant. Cannabinoids are unique because they act on cannabinoid receptors that are part of the endocannabinoid system found throughout the body. CBD is the second most abundant compound found in cannabis. Unlike THC, it is not intoxicating and has none of the psychoactive properties of marijuana.


They work by mimicking endocannabinoids which our body naturally produces.


The endocannabinoid system, often shortened to ECS, is a biological system in all of us which plays a hugely important role in the body.


It’s a distinct receptor system containing cannabinoid receptors, with a complex cell signalling network present in every living animal on earth.


The system is crucial to our survival, with a set of neurotransmitters and receptors helping to regulate and balance vital bodily functions and achieving homeostasis.


Even though there are over 120 listed cannabinoids, only a small portion has been studied to date for their potential medicinal benefits throughout the body. Many researchers, including those funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), continue exploring the possible uses of cannabinoids for medical treatment. Consumers are encouraged to consult with their physician to inquire about whether cannabis products may be helpful for treating their specific conditions and symptoms.

Here are our favourite types of cannabinoids


CBD is the second most abundant cannabinoid in the cannabis plant. CBD does not produce an intoxicating high, and, in fact, can actually counteract the intoxicating effects associated with THC. CBD is better known for its healing effects. While further study is required, the consensus thus far is that CBD could be helpful in treating those who suffer from chronic pain and inflammation, substance abuse disorders, epilepsy, cancer, anxiety, and other ailments. Learn more about CBD.


Not only does CBG have a chance of rivaling CBD in terms of popularity, but both THC and CBD — as well as many other major annabinoids — actually begin as CBG. Enzymes, light, and heat break down CBG into the other cannabinoids. CBG will not get you high, but studies indicate that it may have anti-inflammatory properties, inhibit the growth of cancerous cells and stimulate bone growth.


CBCA can be found in most strains of cannabis, and while it won’t get you high, research indicates it can produce powerful therapeutic benefits if you are suffering from pain, inflammation, cancer, or acne. Similar to CBD, cannabichromene (CBC) may be helpful in treating anxiety and stress.


CBN has moderate intoxicating effects but can get you only a fraction as high as THC. CBN is produced when THC is exposed to heat, oxygen, or light. It is suspected that higher levels of CBN may produce sedative effects, provide chronic muscle pain relief, aid in bone repair, and combat inflammation. The potential for other medicinal applications is high for CBN, but further research is needed


Delta-9 THC is the most well-known cannabinoid. It is the primary compound responsible for the intoxicating "high" we get from marijuana. THC has a range of effects to the brain and body that people can experience differently. Some people find that it provides feelings of relaxation, while others might experience agitation. Each marijuana strain has a different level of THC


Delta-8 THC is found in smaller quantities than delta-9 THC in the cannabis plant and has been reported to have similar effects as delta-9 THC but with less psychoactive effects. It can be extracted using complex equipment and can be synthesised from molecules that are similar to its structure like CBD and delta-9 THC

*THE BELIEVE CLUB makes no claims regarding the health and medical benefits of cannabis.