Cannabinoids are a type of chemical compound that acts upon cannabinoid receptors in cells that send neurotransmitter signals to the brain. This network of cannabinoid receptors is called the endocannabinoid system (ECS). It controls various processes including appetite, pain-sensation, mood, and memory.
Variants of cannabinoids are:
- Endocannabinoids, which are produced in the human body
- Phytocannabinoids, found in cannabis and some other plants
- Synthetic cannabinoids manufactured by man
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