What is a cannabinoid?There are over 480 natural components found within the cannabis sativa plant, of which 66 have been classified as “cannabinoids;” chemicals unique to the plant. The most well- known and researched of these, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ9-THC), is the substance primarily responsible for the psychoactive effects of cannabis. The effects of THC are believed to be moderated by the influence of the other components of the plant, most particularly the cannabinoids. The cannabinoids are separated into subclasses. These are as follows:
- Cannabigerols (CBG);
- Cannabichromenes (CBC);
- Cannabidiols (CBD);
- Tetrahydrocannabinols (THC);
- Cannabinol (CBN) and cannabinodiol (CBDL);
- Other cannabinoids (such as cannabicyclol (CBL), cannabielsoin (CBE), cannabitriol (CBT) and other miscellaneous types).