Like all mammals, the human body is loaded with natural cannabinoid receptors.
These receptors interact with cannabinoids, which occur naturally in the human body, but also in the cannabis plant.
- Endocannabinoids: Made in the human body
- Plant cannabinoids Found in the cannabis plant
- Synthetic cannabinoids Manufactured artificially to mimic natural cannabinoids
- Biosynthesized cannabinoids Biofermentation process using E. Coli-based system, which creates cannabinoids identical to those found in nature
Some cannabinoids you may know include THC and CBD – and they have a wide variety of applications. They also make up the majority of cannabinoids (by volume) that can be easily extracted from the plant.
However, there are actually 90+ other cannabinoids that have potential medical benefits as well, and they make up less than 0.1% of total biomass. Because they are so difficult to isolate, they remain understudied in medicinal science.