If there’s one thing that the modern world should make the effort to understand and explore about the modern cannabis industry, it’s cannabinoids. So, what are cannabinoids exactly, what do cannabinoids do, what are cannabinoids used for, and why should we care about them as consumers?

This short blog is designed to act as an introduction to the list of cannabinoids known to us and to offer the simplest and most accuate cannabinoids definition possible.

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How many Cannabinoids are there?

Cannabinoids are, essentially, organic chemical compounds that are found in the cannabis plant in differing quantities. Despite their current fame as a naturally occurring component of the cannabis plant, however, it’s worth noting that there are many other plants with cannabinoids found on our planet, including sunflowers and cacao.

In total, there are at least 113 cannabinoids known to us, but as scientific investigations into the properties of the cannabis plant continue, it’s more than likely that there are even more types of cannabinoids waiting in the wings; ones that we simply haven’t discovered yet.

A Cannabinoids List

Rather than documenting the entire list of cannabinoids known to us, we’ve opted for sharing a little information about three of the most popular naturally occurring cannabinoids in today’s regulated cannabis industry, namely THC, CBD and CBG. In particular, it’s a good idea to mention these three star players in terms of cannabinoids and their effects.

THC is best known for it’s ability to get you high. CBD has become a popular choice for brands and manufacturers alike, interested in harnessing the medical and wellness benefits of the cannabis plant, without running the risk of inducing psychoactive effects in the consumer, and CBG demonstrates powerful antibacterial effects on the human body.

Cannabinoids and Receptors

Translating into medicinally valuable relief, cannabinoids have been successfully used in the treatment of a number of concerning medical conditions, plaguing the modern population and defying the advances of traditional pharmaceutical medicine.

The efficacy of the cannabinoid system in the human body is a direct result of the endocannabinoids that we naturally produce. Cannabis cannabinoids bind themselves to the same cannabis receptors located throughout the human brain and body and, in this way, they work their magic.

The human endocannabinoid system is responsible for regulating a number of highly important body systems, some of which directly affect our ability to feel pain, our memory, our mood and our appetite. It’s the unique quality that cannabis cannabinoids have, to be able to communicate with the human body in the exact same way that it communicates with itself, which makes them such an ideal medicine for a whole host of human ailments.

The investigations into their efficacy continue.