Cannabinoids are the chemical compounds present in cannabis which operate in conjunction with The Human Endocannabinoid System (ECS).
Cannabinoids act as a stabilizing structure for metabolic functions such as a person’s energy and frame of mind. Cannabinoids also engage in the immune system.
Cannabinoids are naturally produced within the human body, acting as a balancing force for the ECS.
THC, Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol was the first cannabinoid to be isolated in 1964 by Professor Raphael Mechoulam, along with Professor Yehiel Gaoniv from Israel.
Over 60 cannabinoids have been discovered in cannabis.
The majority of research being done on the ECS can be accredited to the Internal Cannabinoid Research Society (ICRS), which is funded primarily by the US government.
Dr. Ethan Russo: wrote an article Cannabis and Cannabis Extracts: Greater Than the Sum of Their Parts? In great detail he explains how cannabinoids, not only co-operate but compliment one another when consumed together as a whole and not separated.
As more research is performed on cannabinoids and terpenes, more information will become available revealing the full potential of medical cannabis, as cannabinoids are an integral part of The Future Classification of Cannabis.