Alphabet Soup

The Other Cannabinoids

Sativa, indica, THC, CBD, entourage effect, terpenes, and on and on… If the cannabis plant wasn’t confusing enough, it turns out that there are even more cannabinoids in our beloved plant worth considering. There is a reason cannabis has been honored throughout history and does so much- it’s chock full of mind and body altering chemicals. Here are a few to keep in mind as pushing medical research forward. 

CBD (Cannabidiol)

  • Non-psychoactive 
  • Good for daily aches and pains, chronic pain, inflammatory conditions, anxiety and panic disorders, nausea, seizures, and skin conditions. 

CBDA (Cannabidiolic Acid)

  • Decarboxylation changes it into CBD.
  • Researchers think it has promise for combating inflammation, cancer, and nausea.
  • It can be ingested through juicing hemp leaves or through live resin processes that don’t involve heat.

CBN (Cannabinol)

  • CBN is produced when THC is exposed to heat or oxygen from product production or the aging process.
  • Non-psychoactive
  • Less effective at binding to receptors, but shown to improve good sleep and be quite a sedative. 

CBG (Cannabigerol)

  • Non-psychoactive 
  • The precursor to both THC and CBD after being broken down by heat or light.
  • CBG interacts with both the CB1 and CB2 receptors in the endocannabinoid system. 
  • Potential benefits include sleep, mood, and appetite improvements; anxiety and depression treatments; glaucoma, MRSA, and cancer treatments. 

CBC (Cannabichromene)

  • Non-psychoactive 
  • Derived from CBDA through heat and light.
  • Research suggests potential for it replacing NSAIDS as pain relief.
  • Potential for inflammatory and cancer reduction. 

CBDV (Cannabidivarin)

  • Similar to CBD on the molecular level, but shows a unique promise for ameliorating neurological disorders such as epilepsy and Parkinson’s disease. 

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