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 But Delta-8 is just the first minor cannabinoid to make a big splash. Will Yakowicz, Forbes, "Delta-8 THC Offers A Legal High, But Here’s Why The Booming Business May Soon Go Up In Smoke," 12 Mar. 2021 The mushrooms are combined with CBD, which can produce calming effects, reduce inflammation, and aid in physical recovery; as well as CBG, cannabigerol, a cannabinoid gaining in popularity. Lindsey Bartlett, Forbes, "Cannabis Brand Cookies Enters The CBD And Mushroom Medicine Game With Caps Line," 24 Feb. 2021 But Johnson and West also said that in recent years their brother had struggled with an addiction to spice, a synthetic cannabinoid that caused a wave of overdoses in Mississippi in 2015. al, "Family of man shot by Biloxi police at Mississippi courthouse seeks answers," 20 Jan. 2021 McClelland was also charged with possession of a synthetic cannabinoid. Daniella Genovese, Fox News, "Florida couple arrested for having sex inside car on busy road, authorities say," 18 Nov. 2020 For achy muscles: The CBD Distillery uses hemp extract, a nonintoxicating cannabinoid, in creams and oils for mind and body wellness. oregonlive, "Grandparents Day: Ways to say ‘I love you’ even if you’re not together on Sunday," 8 Sep. 2020 Gautz said mailroom staff are seeing an increase in paper soaked in the synthetic cannabinoid K2. Angie Jackson, Detroit Free Press, "MDOC: To fight drug smuggling, prisoners now get photocopies of mail; originals shredded," 23 Oct. 2020 For achy muscles: The CBD Distillery uses hemp extract, a nonintoxicating cannabinoid, in creams and oils for mind and body wellness. oregonlive, "Grandparents Day: Ways to say ‘I love you’ even if you’re not together on Sunday," 8 Sep. 2020 For achy muscles: The CBD Distillery uses hemp extract, a nonintoxicating cannabinoid, in creams and oils for mind and body wellness. oregonlive, "Grandparents Day: Ways to say ‘I love you’ even if you’re not together on Sunday," 8 Sep. 2020

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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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The first known use of cannabinoid was in 1967

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“Cannabinoid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cannabinoid. Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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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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