Marijuana: not just for eating an entire family-sized bag of potato chips while binge-watching Netflix. As more areas of the world legalize cannabis, science is putting more thought into uses for cannabinoids besides making Family Guy funny. But what are cannabinoids and what do they do?
Cannabinoids are found in cannabis (obviously) and other plants. They are chemicals that trigger the release of certain neurotransmitters in the brain. When it comes to cannabis, the main cannabinoids are THC (psychoactive) and CBD (non-psychoactive). Human brains have designated cannabinoid receptors, which, according to some studies, makes a compelling case for these other uses for cannabis, such as treating diseases like cancer. Other uses for marijuana run the gamut from shrinking tumors to (surprisingly) curbing appetite as a treatment for obesity. With edibles and oils available, reaping the benefits of cannibinoids doesn't even require sparking up.