CBD has become very popular in the last few years. More and more consumers are looking to buy CBD oil, tinctures, gummies, salves, supplements, lotions and creams to add to their wellness toolkits. But before they purchase, many people have questions they need answered. In this post, we’ll answer the question “What is a cannabinoid?”
Simply put, a cannabinoid is any chemical compound that interacts with our bodies’ endocannabinoid system. To learn more about your body’s endocannabinoid system, click here.
There are three types of cannabinoids:
- Cannabinoids produced by your body, called endogenous cannabinoids, or endocannabinoids.
- Cannabinoids produced by plants, called phytocannabinoids, which are primarily found in the cannabis plant.
- Cannabinoids produced in a lab, called synthetic cannabinoids.
To best understand cannabinoids and how they relate to the medicinal benefits of CBD, we need to talk about the phytocannabinoids produced by the cannabis plant.
The most popular and widely-researched cannabinoids are CBD and THC, but the cannabis plant produces between 80-100 cannabinoids.