Cannabinoids are drugs that share the active ingredients found in cannabis (marijuana) or that were synthetically developed from those drugs. They are becoming increasingly legal, posing a potential problem for an increase in addiction for all ages. Research has found that the cannabis plant produces between 80 and 100 cannabinoids and about 300 non-cannabinoid chemicals, 1 The two main cannabinoids are delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). The best known of the two is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the chemical responsible for the psychoactive effects of cannabis 2.Cannabinoids are natural compounds found in the Cannabis sativa plant.
Of the more than 480 different compounds present in the plant, only about 66 are called cannabinoids.