Cannabinoids Defined

Chemical compounds that interact with the ECS (endocannabinoid system) as ligands, cannabinoids bind directly or indirectly to ECS receptors, acting like chemical messengers to turn on or turn off physiologic signaling in the body.

Cannabinoids can be made in the body (“endocannabinoids”), in plants (“phytocannabinoids”) or synthetically in the laboratory (“synthetic cannabinoids”).

CBD is an example of a phytocannabinoid.