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 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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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 The most well-known cannabinoid, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), causes the high many people associate with cannabis. Christy Brissette,, "Milk, bread, hemp oil? On 4/20, a dietitian's guide to the cannabis items in your grocery store," 20 Apr. 2018 One process under consideration is creating CBD and other cannabinoids through a yeast fermentation process that eliminates the need to grow plants. Jennifer Maloney, WSJ, "Slowing Cigarette Sales Push Altria to Explore Other Opportunities," 4 Dec. 2018 Synthetic cannabinoids are not marijuana, but are manmade drugs marketed as mimicking the effect of cannabis. Robert Mccoppin,, "More people sickened by synthetic marijuana believed to be tainted with rat poison," 25 June 2018 For one thing, recent studies show that cannabinoids manufactured by our own nerve cells play a crucial role in wiring the brain, both prenatally and during adolescence. Claudia Wallis, Scientific American, "What Pot Really Does to the Teen Brain," 1 Dec. 2017 Local media reported a synthetic cannabinoid as the substance in question. Paulina Dedaj, Fox News, "Pennsylvania state prisons locked down after 'unknown substance' sickens staff members," 30 Aug. 2018 Police said Monday that samples of the drug tested postive for AB Fubinaca, a synthethic cannabinoid that has sickened people across the country. Dave Collins, The Seattle Times, "Trump drug czar nominee visits Connecticut after overdoses," 20 Aug. 2018 For the uninitiated, CBD stands for cannabidiol, which is a cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant. Lindsey Unterberger, Glamour, "I Replaced My Entire Beauty Routine With Only CBD Products," 14 Aug. 2018

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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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Medical Definition of cannabinoid

: any of various chemical constituents (as THC) of cannabis or marijuana

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