What are the different types of cannabinoids?

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Last updated: June 1st, 2016

There are three types of cannabinoids known to scientists today: endocannabinoids (found within the human body), phytocannabinoids (found in plants such as cannabis), and ones created in a lab known as synthetic cannabinoids. In addition to cannabinoids, the chemical profile of the cannabis plant contains other compounds like terpenoids, amino acids, proteins, sugars, enzymes, fatty acids, esters, and flavonoids, just to name a few.

Cannabis contains at least 85 different cannabinoids, many of which have documented medical value. Products and strains have been developed to deliver larger doses of different cannabinoids, so knowing which types best treat your symptoms is very useful when it comes time to purchase your meds. Research on the benefits of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) in isolation is well established. THC demonstrates analgesic, anti-emetic, and anti-inflammatory properties, whereas CBD possesses anti-psychotic, anti-seizure, and anti-anxiety properties.

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