You don’t have to be a health editor to know that CBD is everywhere, but did you know that CBD isn’t the only cannabinoid produced in cannabis? In fact, there are over 100 cannabinoids and terpenes that scientists have been identified in cannabis. When combined they deliver far greater benefits than CBD isolate could on its own.
In this article, we’ll explore 6 lesser-known, yet very powerful cannabinoids: CBN, CBG, CBC, CBL, THCa, and CBDa.
Cannabinol (CBN) was the first compound to be isolated from Cannabis back in 1940. Before the discovery of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBN was thought to be the source of the plant’s mind-altering or euphoric effects. Studies show that CBN is a powerful sedative agent with moderate anti-inflammatory properties and could potentially be used to help alleviate anxiety, insomnia, inflammatory pain, and act as an appetite suppressant.
Cannabigerol (CBG) is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid and has been shown to possess anti-inflammatory properties, as well as potentially provide relief from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Crohn’s Disease, and glaucoma. In addition, CBG is believed to mitigate bacterial growth, reduce inflammation, inhibit the growth of cancer cells, and promote bone growth.
Cannabichromene (CBC) is found in many full-spectrum CBD products. It is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid and has shown to help reduce inflammation, inhibit the growth of cancer cells and promote bone growth. In addition, studies have shown that CBC works best with other cannabinoids and even stimulates the body to produce an increased amount of its natural endocannabinoids.
Cannabicyclol (CBL) is one of the lesser-known and studied cannabinoids in cannabis. While CBL is not listed on the Convention of Psychotropic Substances, studies have not yet revealed definitive results of how it affects the body or interacts with the Endocannabinoid System. CBL is found in most varieties of cannabis, however, it is produced in very low amounts.
Tetrahydrocannabinolic Acid (THCa)
Tetrahydrocannabinolic Acid (THCa) is the most abundant cannabinoid found in raw cannabis plants. It is the byproduct that is created when Δ9-THC is burned, vaporized, or heated at a certain temperature and works to relieve inflammation, pain and is an ideal cannabinoid for treating symptoms of such conditions as arthritis, seizures.
Cannabidiolic acid (CBDa)
Cannabidiolic Acid (CBDa) is the acidic component of CBD and is generally found in strains of cannabis that contain higher levels of CBD. Similar to CBD, CBDa is non-psychoactive and can be consumed through juices, capsules, tinctures, topicals, and more. Numerous studies have shown that CBDa is rich with natural therapeutic properties and may be used to help combat pain, inflammation, nausea, vomiting, convulsions, and bacterial issues.
The Advantages of Products with Multiple Cannabinoids
While it was previously believed that Cannabidiol (CBD) was the most effective cannabinoid produced in the cannabis plant, newer studies indicate quite the contrary. When multiple cannabinoids, like the ones we mentioned above, are combined, their natural properties are combined and amplified, which allows a multi-cannabinoid extract to deliver a stronger impact than a single cannabinoid extract.
When shopping for CBD, you’ll find that some CBD products, like the popular cbdMD gummies, are infused with multi-cannabinoid rich blend, while others are made simply with CBD isolate. Based on the combined effect of multiple cannabinoids discussed above, CBD products with multiple cannabinoids will deliver not only stronger effects, but a wider range of effects as well.
The Bright Future Ahead for Cannabinoids
While we have only discussed 6 of the lesser-known cannabinoids that are produced in cannabis, there are many more that are being discovered, isolated, and researched and scientists are discovering more and more findings every day. As researchers continue to learn more about cannabinoids and gain a deeper understanding of the unique relationship they share with the Endocannabinoid System (ECS), there is so much that we can learn from this amazing plant.
What we do know for sure is that there is indeed a bright future ahead for cannabinoids and mankind and we are so excited to help guide you through this journey.
Thank you so much for joining us today and reading this article. We hope that it helped to inform you of some of the other cannabinoids that are in cannabis and gave you a deeper understanding of cannabis as a whole.
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