Cannabinoids are the chemical compounds secreted by cannabis flowers that are the plant’s medicine. While there are currently over 100 known cannabinoids, we tend to focus only on two of the main cannabinoids that occur in cannabis: THC, Tetrahydrocannabinol, which has a pyscho-active effect and CBD, Cannabidiol, which does not. These compounds affect the body differently and are known to be used for both medical and recreational benefits and can offer relief to an array of symptoms including pain, nausea, anxiety, depression and inflammation.
While these two cannabis compounds are the most common, there are at least 100 different cannabinoids that can be produced by the cannabis plant. As legalization opens up access to cannabis, more research will reveal a diversity of compounds with an even wider array of beneficial cannabinoids than just THC and CBD.