WHAT ARE CANNABINOIDS
Scientists have identified 483 phytochemicals in Hemp plants. Many of them, are Terpenoids. These are the compounds that give fruits, flowers and herbs many of their desirable aromas, flavors and other special properties. A special sub-class of Terpenoids are the Cannabinoids. There are over 60 of them found in Hemp/Cannabis which is the only place they are found. This is one of the many reasons Hemp stands alone in the plant kingdom. It literally is a treasure chest of nutrition without equal.
The Cannabinoids each have their own individual properties which is creating plenty of excitement in the scientific community. Besides the Terpenoids and Cannabinoids there are many other compounds such as vitamins, minerals, phytosterols, pigments, proteins, enzymes, essential sugars, polyphenol antioxidants, flavonoids and essential fatty acids. The oil appears black but it is really a blend of intense colors. It is important to know that while isolated Cannabinoids have their own characteristic properties, the different compounds have synergistic effects when the whole symphony of phytonutrients are consumed together. Synergy means that the combined effect is greater than the sum of the individual parts. This brings to light the importance of the compounding effect.
REAL vs SYNTHETIC CANNABINOIDS
The unique health properties of Hemp have been known to modern scientists for over 50 years, so (un)naturally, attempts were made to produce synthetic versions of isolated Cannabinoid molecules in an attempt to create pharmaceutical drugs. Unsurprisingly, as with all synthetic chemicals, the desired properties are often reduced significantly while undesirable side-effects can abound as is confirmed in the United States Government Patent #6,630,507 “Cannabinoids as Antioxidants & Neuroprotectants.“
If health and happiness, not side-effects are what you seek, it’s best we stick to real plants – the original design was already perfect to begin with.