But what are cannabinoids, and what potential do the more elusive ones have?
“Cannabinoid” is the given name of any compound that interacts with the endocannabinoid system – a neuropathic receptor system found in the bodies of humans many animals. They are named after the Cannabis plant, as this is where the first cannabinoids were discovered.
Cannabinoids are chemical compounds, made from cannabinoid acids produced by the plant. In order to be converted into cannabinoids like THC and CBD, the acids must go through a decarboxylation (heating) process. For example, CBDA (cannabidiol acid) will become CBD (cannabidiol), when undergoing decarboxylation.