Cannabinoids are a type of organic compound produced by the cannabis plant and were named as such as they were thought to be unique to the plant. There are currently 144 known Cannabinoids found in the Cannabis plant, of which two are found in high quantities, THC and CBD. Other more prevalent compounds are CBC and CBG.
When consumed by humans, Cannabinoids interact with receptors found in the walls of cells in certain organs in our body.
Activation of these receptors seems to trigger chain reactions that alter chemical processes and neural signalling in humans.