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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Recent Examples on the Web The cannabinoid was being used overseas to treat epileptic patients. Sandra E. Garcia, New York Times, "Charlotte Figi, Who Helped Popularize CBD for Medical Use, Dies at 13," 9 Apr. 2020 The chocolate itself is affecting our ability to measure the cannabinoids within it,’’ said David Dawson, chemist and lead researcher at CW Analytical Laboratories in Oakland, California, which tests marijuana. Carla K. Johnson, BostonGlobe.com, "How much pot in that brownie? Chocolate can throw off tests," 26 Aug. 2019 As seems to be the case with humans, the paper also notes synthetic cannabinoids may result in more severe symptoms for pets, such as tremors, aggression, and seizures. Marion Renault, Popular Science, "Can you overdose on weed?," 21 June 2019 To determine the proper amounts of each cannabinoid, Kiva researchers conducted internal surveys and found CBN to have drowsy effects consistent with other anecdotal reports. Seth King, Quartz, "Could a little-known cannabinoid upend the natural sleep-aid market?," 6 Feb. 2020 Marijuana contains hundreds of chemicals, including cannabinoids such as THC and CBD, a trendy ingredient with unproven health claims. San Diego Union-Tribune, "How much pot in that brownie? Chocolate can throw off tests," 26 Aug. 2019 Get 15 milligrams of the healing cannabinoid in Good Day CBD Beverages. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "Celebrate National CBD Day With All These Very Chill Sales," 8 Aug. 2019 Another issue is that CBD is a botanical, from a plant that makes more than 100 compounds that come only from cannabis, called cannabinoids, plus other potentially bioactive molecules such as terpenoids. Amber Dance, Scientific American, "As CBD Skyrockets in Popularity, Scientists Scramble to Understand How It’s Metabolized," 14 Nov. 2019 View Sample Sign Up Now Plus, many people aren’t using pharmaceutical-grade cannabinoids, and a body of research suggests non-medicinal cannabis use can worsen mental health symptoms, the authors note. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "There's 'Scarce Evidence' to Suggest Cannabis Improves Mental Health Symptoms, a New Research Review Says," 28 Oct. 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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cannabinoid. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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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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