Whenever a harvested lot of cannabis is packaged, samples are sent to a licensed lab for analysis. In addition to the two main cannabinoids – THC and CBD – the full lab report offers a more detailed cannabinoid breakdown. Most consumers are aware of THC and CBD in cannabis, but the minor cannabinoids remain uncharted territory for a lot of folks. Read this post as we adventure into some lesser known cannabinoids and how they could potentially benefit you!
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One of the lesser-known cannabinoids is cannabigerol (CBG). CBG is a non-psychoactive compound found in low concentrations in cannabis plants. Despite being a minor cannabinoid, CBG has been the subject of numerous studies, which have revealed its potential therapeutic benefits.
CBG is often referred to as the “mother” cannabinoid because it is the precursor to other cannabinoids. A lot of our in-store flower has trace amounts of CBGa and CBG in it; some have more than CBD! CBGa can show up in your flower in higher amounts if the plant is harvested earlier in its growth cycle.
Studies have shown that CBG has potential therapeutic effects for a variety of conditions and symptoms, including pain and inflammation, glaucoma, cancer, anxiety and depression. Other potential benefits of CBG are Pain relief, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, lower blood pressure, bone stimulant (helpful for fibromyalgia/arthritis and hair and nail growth), anti-inflammatory, and it can potentially inhibit cancer growth.
This cannabinoid is created by the cannabis plant as it ages. The older it is, the more CBN it contains! For some, this can be a benefit as CBN has some potential medicinal benefits. Studies on CBN have found that it may be a potent antibacterial agent. In lab settings, CBN was tested on strains of MRSA bacteria that are resistant to traditional antibiotics.
CBN is currently known as a cannabinoid that can aid people in getting some shut-eye. With old cannabis comes higher CBN content, as well as more sedative terpenes. This combination can create a more relaxed effect among users. Products that contain both CBN and THC can create a great combination to help you hit the hay. While more research needs to be done about CBN, we’ve heard great feedback from our staff and customers about the benefits of CBN in their sleep.
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Discovered over 50 years ago, CBC is considered one of the “big six” cannabinoids prominent in medical research. It doesn’t get as much attention, but CBC’s benefits are extremely promising. Converted from CBG, CBC is non-intoxicating, so it doesn’t produce a euphoric high like THC. The reason it is non-intoxicating is because it binds poorly to CB1 cannabinoid receptors in the brain. But, CBC does bind with other receptors in the body, such as the TRPV1 and TRPA1, both of which are linked to pain perception. When CBC activates these receptors, increased levels of the body’s natural endocannabinoids like anandamide are released.
A recent study in which tumor growth was initiated in mice showed cannabinoids might be effective in inhibiting both inflammation and tumor growth. Since anandamide has been shown to fight breast cancer in vitro and in vivo, this shows promise that CBC and other cannabinoids might one day be a chemopreventive agent. CBC in combination with THC had a significant anti-inflammatory response in a recent animal study; together, the two cannabinoids produced a much greater effect on inflammation than by themselves.