Some cannabinoids interact with the endocannabinoid system. There are three general categories of cannabinoids:
- Phytocannabinoids: Cannabinoids produced by plants.
- Endogenous cannabinoids (endocannabinoids): Cannabinoids produced naturally by living animals, including humans, that interact with the body’s endogenous cannabinoid (endocannabinoid) system.
- Synthetic cannabinoids: Cannabinoids produced by humans in a laboratory.
Cannabinoids are compounds uniquely found in cannabis plants, as well as compounds similar to those found in cannabis plants.
Summary from Wikipedia:
Cannabinoids are chemicals found in cannabis. The most notable cannabinoid is the phytocannabinoid tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) (Delta9-THC or Delta8-THC), the primary psychoactive compound in cannabis. Cannabidiol (CBD) is another major constituent of the plant. There are at least 113 different cannabinoids isolated from cannabis, exhibiting varied effects.
Synthetic cannabinoids are manufactured artificially. They encompass a variety of distinct chemical classes: the classical cannabinoids structurally related to THC, the nonclassical cannabinoids (cannabimimetics) including the aminoalkylindoles, 1,5-diarylpyrazoles, quinolines, and arylsulfonamides as well as eicosanoids related to endocannabinoids.Read more