What Are Cannabinoids?

Cannabinoids are a class of chemicals that interact with our endocannabinoid system.

There are three main types of cannabinoids:

  1. Phytocannabinoids (from plants)
  2. Endocannabinoids (made by our bodies)
  3. Synthetic cannabinoids (made in a lab)

The body makes two primary endocannabinoids (anandamide and 2-AG). The cannabis plant makes about 113 different phytocannabinoids, and there are thousands of synthetic cannabinoids.

Although all cannabinoids interact with the endocannabinoid system to some degree — each one has a unique set of characteristics and effects on the human body.

The most common cannabinoids include: