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Cannabinoids

Glossary 13 Apr 2021

Cannabinoids are chemical compounds found in cannabis and produced by all animals, including vertebrates and invertebrates.

Endocannabinoids, or internally produced cannabinoids, are an essential component of our bodies’ endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is largely responsible for maintaining internal balance. Phytocannabinoids, or cannabinoids produced by the cannabis plant, mimic the functions of our endocannabinoids and are responsible for the euphoric effects associated with THC.

The most notable cannabinoid is the phytocannabinoid tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) (Delta 9-THC or Delta 8-THC), a well-known primary psychoactive compound in cannabis.

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