What Chemical compounds in cannabis am I vaping?

Chemical Compounds in Cannabis

I’m sure by now you know a very generic view of what’s in your weed. Some strains get you couch ridden, some strains make you expand your mind and some make you forget who you are, but have you ever wondered which chemical compounds in cannabis make you feel so good after vaporization?

There are over hundreds of chemical compounds in cannabis. Of those hundreds, the cannabinoids are the chemical compounds that produce physical and psychological effects. Terpenes and flavanoids have some effects as well, but they blend nicely with the cannabinoids. Every brain is equipped with a set of receptors called endocannabinoids. The endocannabinoid receptors are there and functioning with or without cannabis ingestion. When you ingest cannabinoids, the main chemical compound in cannabis, it overloads the receptors with cannabinoids. That is what makes you high!

Chemical Compounds in Cannabis

Chemical Compounds in Cannabis


With new technology and research being done, there are breeders specifically crossing strains to get the exact chemical compounds in the cannabis that their patients need. Everyday we are seeing new strains come out with record breaking THC percentages as well as record breaking CBD percentages. Cannabinoids are a serendipitous group. THC is widely thought to be the only component that gets you ripped. In fact, it is the opposite. Without THC’s cannabinoid cousin CBD your high would be miserable. Here is a little chart that will show you exactly what the main chemical compounds in cannabis do.

Let’s break it down.

THC Stands for (Tetrahydrocannabinol). THC is the main chemical responsible for all of the psychological effects of cannabis
CBC  Stands for (Cannabichromene). CBC compound enhances the effects of THC which will make cannabis strains very potent.
CBD Also known as (Cannabidiol). CBD reduces the psychological effects of marijuana. It has shown to reduce anxiety and has sedative properties.
CBN (Cannabinol) is similar to THC and is produced when THC breaks down, but the effect of cannabinol is very strong and produces a strong head high.
CBG (Cannabigerol) is believed to be the oldest form of cannabinoid, and has no psychological effects on its own but has anti-microbial properties and has physical effects. For example, lowering pressure in the eye, anti – inflammatory, sleep assistance and sedative.
THCV (Tetrahydrocannabivarin) appears in indica and afghanica strains of cannabis. Has been used to aid with migraine treatment. THCV is less psychoactive than THC


Today, with all the high CBD breeding going on for cancer patients, and even children with epilepsy there is extensive research being done to find the true effects of each individual component. What they are finding is that each chemical compound in cannabis is necessary to gain the benefits. Someone who is using a pure CBD oil will actually end up using less of the chemical than they would have had there been THC. The reason is because when the THC hits your endocannabinoid receptors, it allows your brain to accept more of the compounds in your cannabis.


Now that you know what chemical compounds are in cannabis, you can go out and keep a log of your strains and your sensations. Make sure to use a vaporizer and make sure to keep track of the temperatures as well. This will allow you to develop a pallet for buzz crafting and eventually you will be able to cater a high using a specific strain and temperature that will complement anything you need to do.

For more, check out our article on buzz crafting: http://www.whatsyourvapetemp.com/watch-your-weed-vape-temp-buzz-crafting/

What Chemical Compounds in Cannabis am I Vaping?
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  1. By Emma

    this is really interesting its always good to know whats what.

    332 weeks ago | | Reply

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