Cannabinoids interact with your endocannabinoid system. This system plays a role in regulating pain, stress, appetite, energy, sleep, fertility and many other physical processes.
When cannabis is consumed, cannabinoids bind to receptor sites throughout our brain (receptors called CB-1) and body (CB-2). Different cannabinoids have different effects depending on which receptors they bind to.
Cannabis contains at least 85 types of cannabinoids — many of which have documented medical value. Products and strains have been developed to deliver larger doses of different cannabinoids, so knowing which types best treat your symptoms is a handy piece of knowledge to bring to your next dispensary visit.