The 4 Classifications of Cannabinoids

Though not as common a term as CBD, you might have heard the word cannabinoid dropped in conversations about CBD. Here, we’ll explain what a cannabinoid is, the 4 classifications of cannabinoids, the role they play, what  endocannabinoids can do,  and why they are so important when it comes to the quality of CBD.

It sounds like a lot of information to take in, but this should be a rather quick and painless tutorial; one that makes you a more well-informed and conscientious CBD consumer. After all, knowledge is power as the saying goes and we want to empower all of our valued customers -- present and future -- to make the right decisions when it comes to choosing quality CBD products.

Let’s get started…

What is a Cannabinoid?

The first thing you need to know, if you don’t already, is that CBD stands for cannabidiol, which is one of the primary natural cannabinoids found in industrial hemp plants. Hemp actually contains more than 113 different known cannabinoids.

A word of clarification. When people hear or read the word “hemp,” some automatically associate it with the intoxicating “high” that can result from smoking or ingesting it.

A common misconception is that using CBD, whether as an oil, muscle rub or roll-on, will cause the same effects. To dispel this myth:

“It’s important to note that while some people confuse CBD with THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which is also found in the cannabis plant, the two are different. CBD does not cause the  intoxicating side effects commonly associated with THC.”

So, what is a cannabinoid?

A chemical compound created by plants during photosynthesis. There are over 100 varities and while more research is needed some have shown to exhibit some very interesting effects when enjoyed.

What are the Types and Classifications of Cannabinoids?

Before we break down the major classifications of cannabinoids, let’s first recognize that the most common source of cannabinoids is the Cannabis plant, which has been used recreationally, industrially, and medicinally for thousands of years. In modern times, few substances have carried more stigma or ignited more debate. However, over the past 20 years, the public and medical community’s attitude towards cannabinoids has been shifting.

As the CBD market grows, more research is being committed to studying cannabinoids and distinguishing different types. This is valuable information for consumers. Understanding where your CBD comes from and what classification of cannabinoid it falls under will help you evaluate the CBD products and source only the best quality available.

According to the National Institutes of Health, there are four primary classifications of cannabinoids and they are as follows:

  • Phytocannabinoids – cannabinoids found in leaves, flowers, stems, and seeds collected from the Cannabis sativa plant.
  • Endogenous – cannabinoids made by the body
  • Purified naturally occurring cannabinoids purified from plant sources: examples include cannabidiol (CBD) and delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)
  • Synthetic cannabinoids

A cautionary word about synthetic cannabinoids as it pertains to this classification. Years of synthetic cannabinoid production have resulted in products that now fall outside of this traditional cannabinoid classification. Known for causing adverse effects, synthetic cannabinoids are intended to imitate the intoxicating effects of THC.

This leads to the importance of shopping only quality CBD products.

What Is The Role of  Endocannabinoids ?

To understand the role of  endocannabinoids , it helps to establish an understanding of the Endocannabinoid System (ECS).

What is the Endocannabinoid System (ECS)

The Endocannabinoid System is extraordinary in that it regulates essential processes in the body.

Cannabinoid receptors exist in the cells which make up your brain, connective tissues, immune cells, glands, and organs. Specifically, researchers have pinpointed two types of receptors and where they occur in your body. CB-1 receptors are concentrated in connective tissues, glands, gonads, nervous system, and organs, while CB-2 receptors exist in your immune system.

Now that you have an understanding of cannabinoid receptors, the question is…

What Can  Endocannabinoids Do?

Basically, endocannabinoids maintain and regulate communication between the cells in your body, specifically, how messages are sent, received and processed. What, exactly, is the meaning behind these messages, the reason for this communication?

The purpose of your body’s Endocannabinoid System remains consistent: to establish and maintain homeostasis.

For this reason, more and more people are turning to CBD as a means to establish and protect this internal harmony or homeostasis. When you consider the interaction between endocannabinoids and the Endocannabinoid System, this research is hardly surprising and helps account for the increased interest and enthusiasm for readily available, quality CBD consumer products.

Cannabinoids and Quality CBD

The momentum behind the growth of CBD as a consumer product since the 2018 Farm Bill, which federally legalized hemp and cannabidiol, has been nothing short of epic. But with such speed and enthusiasm comes the potential for less-than-authentic or even counterfeit CBD products to enter the market.

While we embrace this increased acceptance and support for consumer CBD products, we feel it is our mission to provide education about why you should care about quality assurance. That is why Nature’s Ultra is committed to transparent communication about where our products come from, including farming practices, and how our products are tested before they are made available to our customers.

When shopping, you can enjoy confidence that all of our products are third-party tested for the following and backed up by lab reports which we make available to anyone who wants to review the results:

  • Purity and Potency
  • CBD and THC Content
  • Pesticides
  • Heavy Metals
  • Solvents

Why do we make these results available and stress the importance of testing our products so rigorously?  

First of all, with the increasing popularity of CBD, the FDA has found fraudulent products sold to consumers, which do not contain the levels of CBD claimed. On the flip side of that coin, given that THC remains an illegal substance in many states, we also test to ensure that our CBD products contain 0.0% THC, so you are provided with peace of mind while enjoying them.  

Nature’s Ultra products, created by organic practices are also ISO (manufacture of CBD distillate and isolate from industrial hemp) and GMP certified (Good Manufacturing Practice).

As reflective of our recent partnership with Young Living, Nature’s Ultra is proud to represent a Young Living Seed to Seal® standard -- proof that our product cultivation satisfies these high quality standards.

Empowering our customers is important to us, which is why we invite you to get in touch to share any questions or concerns you might have before placing your order.


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