Cannabinoids are part of a set of diverse chemical compounds naturally made from Cannabis sativa plants, Cannabinoids are also found in some types of other plants and are also produced inside our bodies. Every variety of the cannabis family of plants produces cannabinoids, including hemp, and there are more than 100 confirmed cannabinoids. Cannabinoids are classified as fatty compounds and work by acting on specific endocannabinoid receptors in the human endocannabinoid system (ECS).
Cannabinoids are separated into major subclasses including:
- Cannabidiol (CBD)
- Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)
- Cannabigerol (CBG)
- Cannabichromene (CBC)
- Cannabinol (CBN) and cannabinodiol (CBDL)
- Other cannabinoids (such as cannabicyclol (CBL), cannabielsoin (CBE), cannabitriol (CBT) and other miscellaneous types