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

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Victoria Bee/Getty Images CBD, the non-psychoactive cannabinoid of marijuana, has become a popular ingredient lately. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "Hemp is now legal. That’s huge for the CBD industry.," 20 Dec. 2018 That entails a look into different production techniques, like pruning and plant training and cannabinoid and THC extraction. Shannon Larson, courant.com, "UConn to roll out online cannabis course this summer, the first of its kind in the nation," 17 June 2019 Courtesy of Timothy Murray If terpenes help attract the nose and mouth, cannabinoids can be thought of as encouraging healthy behavior for the body. Billy Lyons, Fortune, "How to Eat, Drink, and Appreciate Cannabis at Restaurants," 15 June 2019 Sometimes there is less cannabinoid and sometimes more. Cindy Krischer Goodman, sun-sentinel.com, "Buyer beware: CBD products could be this century’s snake oil," 7 June 2019 The cannabis plant contains more than 100 compounds known as cannabinoids. Elijah Wolfson, Time, "CBD Is Already Everywhere. How Will the Government Handle It?," 6 June 2019 Our bodies produce their own cannabinoids, explains Dr. Parodneck, which bind to receptors all over our bodies. Stephanie Dolgoff, Good Housekeeping, "Does CBD Oil Work for Anxiety? I Tried It to Find Out," 13 May 2019 Those cannabinoids interact with the human body, specifically with what medical professionals call the endocannabinoid system — numerous receptors that bind with chemicals present in marijuana and affect the body and mind in different ways. Mary Emily O'hara, Allure, "Why People With Asthma Can Benefit From Edibles," 20 Apr. 2019 Synthetic biologists are turning yeast into microscopic chemical factories that manufacture cannabinoids found in the marijuana plant (Cannabis sativa). Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Use Yeast to Produce Cannabinoids Affordably and Efficiently," 1 Mar. 2019

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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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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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