cannabinoid

noun
can·​na·​bi·​noid | \ kə-ˈna-bə-ˌnȯid How to pronounce cannabinoid (audio) \

Definition of cannabinoid

1 : any of various naturally-occurring, biologically active, chemical constituents (such as cannabidiol or cannabinol) of hemp or cannabis including some (such as THC) that possess psychoactive properties The presence of cannabinoids in urine indicates marijuana use, and a great deal of weight is often placed on positive findings.— Arthur J. McBay et al. The study concluded that cannabinoids—marijuana's active components—can be useful in treating pain, nausea and appetite loss caused by advanced cancer and AIDS.— Claudia Kalb
2 : a substance that is structurally or functionally similar to cannabinoids derived from hemp or cannabis:
a : any of several substances (as anandamide) naturally produced within the body : endocannabinoid Move over, endorphins. Postexercise euphoria may actually be the result of naturally occurring cannabinoids—the same family of chemicals that gives marijuana smokers their high, a new study suggests.Prevention Daniele Piomelli and his colleagues report isolating from cocoa powder and three different brands of chocolate a substance called anandamide, a cannabinoid that occurs naturally in the brain.Science News
b : a substance that is synthetically produced to mimic the effects of natural cannabinoids Toxicologists know only that synthetic cannabinoids bind to certain receptors in the brain and they understand nothing about the drug's long-term health effects.— Steve Featherstone These products contain synthetic cannabinoids, which produce some of the euphoria associated with natural marijuana, but they can also be accompanied by a wide range of negative health effects not associated with cannabis.— James Maynard

Examples of cannabinoid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On Thursday, however, a conservative panel of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco said the 2018 law had repealed prohibitions on hemp products containing a different cannabinoid, Delta-8 THC. Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle, 19 May 2022 The entourage effect is a phenomenon that occurs when all of the cannabinoids in cannabis work together to produce a greater effect than any one cannabinoid could on its own. The Salt Lake Tribune, 18 May 2022 One of these new compounds is THC-O acetate (or ATHC), a non-natural cannabinoid that is getting the interest of many cannabis consumers but also several concerns regarding its legality and health safety. Dario Sabaghi, Forbes, 18 Jan. 2022 Medterra's True Full Spectrum CBD gummies earned a spot on this list, even if delta-8 isn't the only cannabinoid found in their industry-leading product. Sophie Saint Thomas, Forbes, 18 Jan. 2022 The 2018 Farm Bill made industrial hemp—and therefore CBD, a nonpsychoactive cannabinoid found in hemp—legal across the U.S. Outside Online, 28 Feb. 2019 Nevertheless, two years on, word of yet another one of these drug experiments caused a bit of a stir, as the drug in question was a cannabinoid. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 21 Jan. 2022 There, a team works out methods to more efficiently extract and better render THC, the cannabinoid responsible for the classic buzz, and CBD, the substance said to help relieve stress. New York Times, 5 Jan. 2022 Some of the products branded as pure CBD had in them THC, the cannabinoid that causes the high associated with the drug. Los Angeles Times, 3 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of cannabinoid

1967, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cannabinoid

Latin cannabis + -in entry 1 + -oid entry 1

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23 May 2022

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“Cannabinoid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cannabinoid. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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cannabinoid

noun
can·​na·​bi·​noid | \ ˈkan-ə-bə-ˌnȯid, kə-ˈnab-ə- How to pronounce cannabinoid (audio) \

Medical Definition of cannabinoid

1 : any of various naturally-occurring, biologically active, chemical constituents (as cannabidiol or cannabinol) of hemp or cannabis including some (as THC) that possess psychoactive properties The study concluded that cannabinoids—marijuana's active components—can be useful in treating pain, nausea and appetite loss caused by advanced cancer and AIDS.— Claudia Kalb
2 : a substance that is structurally or functionally similar to cannabinoids derived from hemp or cannabis:
a : any of several substances (as anandamide) naturally produced within the body : endocannabinoid Daniele Piomelli and his colleagues report isolating from cocoa powder and three different brands of chocolate a substance called anandamide, a cannabinoid that occurs naturally in the brain.Science News
b : a substance that is synthetically produced to mimic the effects of natural cannabinoids Toxicologists know only that synthetic cannabinoids bind to certain receptors in the brain and they understand nothing about the drug's long-term health effects.— Steve Featherstone

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