Are there different kinds of cannabinoids?

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Last updated: June 1st, 2016

The primary cannabinoid receptors are identified as Cannabinoid type 1 receptors (CB1-R) and Cannabinoid type 2 receptors (CB2-R). The receptors can be “unlocked” by three kinds of cannabinoids:

  1. Endocannabinoids – endogenous-fatty-acid cannabinoids produced naturally in the body (e.g., anandamide and 2-AG);
  2. Phytocannabinoids – concentrated in the oily resin of the buds and leaves of plants such as cannabis (e.g., THC and CBD); and
  3. Synthetic cannabinoids – manufactured by artificial means such as in a laboratory.

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