Getting to Know the Lesser-Known Compounds of Cannabis

Getting to Know the Lesser-Known Compounds of Cannabis

–        The secret life of Cannabis compounds that most people don’t know about.

Cannabinoids, you know what they are, the compounds that heal our bodies and minds through their consumption. THC and CBD are the most famous–or infamous, depending on the perspective–cannabinoids. Despite their fame, THC and CBD aren’t the only chemically active compounds in cannabis plants.

Did you know there are more cannabinoids than just CBD and THC? The other cannabinoids are present in small amounts, usually totaling less than 1 percent in a full-grown plant, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have interesting roles to play, including powerful therapeutic benefits.

The Evolution of Cannabinoid Science

When Cannabis was first studied decades ago by the Western world, scientists found that there are more than 60 cannabinoids. Turns out, there are over 100 cannabinoids.As a result of Western studies, Raphael Mechoulam and his fellow researchers, discovered the endocannabinoid system in 1992. The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is partly responsible for maintaining our bodies’ health with receptors located throughout our systems. These receptors react with endogenous and plant based cannabinoids in intriguing ways.

This was one of the most important biological discoveries ever; discovering the endocannabinoid system has solved many mysteries about how the human body’s receptors work, and provided proof that cannabis has a beneficial impact on health.

Cannabis is Now Mainstream

With cannabis becoming a mainstream topic, it is the time to learn more about this powerful plant and educate ourselves on this often misunderstood subject. As more research is developed, it’s been noted that minor cannabinoids have extensive therapeutic properties.

So, let’s get to know these lesser-known cannabinoids.

The Lesser-Known Cannabinoids

CBG – Cannabigerol

CBG is non-intoxicating like CBD, containing anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.It is found in the early stages of Cannabis development, and is one of the reasons cannabis is so exceptional. CBG is the parent to CBCA, THCA and CBDA, other minor cannabinoids.

CBG has many therapeutic benefits, as a stimulant for brain cells, bones and your appetite! This mighty cannabinoid can also help block cancer cell growth, reduce seizures, and helps you get a good night’s sleep by fighting insomnia. Studies also show it to be very effective in lowering ocular pressure.

With the benefits of CBG coming to light, growers are starting to consider its availability in their plants. To obtain higher yields of CBG, growers are experimenting with genetic manipulation and cross-breeding of plants, creating hybrids with more therapeutic benefits.

CBN – Cannabinol

CBN can be an indicator of the freshness of the flower, because THC exposed to oxygen will turn to CBN overtime. CBN is asedative cannabinoid.  Although it has a powerful sedative effect, it gives no psychoactive effects, which means it’s perfect to use as a sleeping aid.

The therapeutic benefits of CBN are pretty impressive as well, it may help heal broken bones, can help treat osteoporosis, psoriasis and burns.

THCA – Tetrahydrocannabinolic Acid

THCA is non-intoxicating and is the most concentrated cannabinoid in the cannabis flower. THCA helps reduce nausea and vomiting even better than THC. When decarboxylated, THCA converts to THC, which is why decarboxylation is a necessary step when cooking with cannabis if you want to obtain a higher concentration of THC in your edibles.

THCA is showing promise for therapeutic benefits in the following areas:

  • Anti-inflammatory properties for treating arthritis and osteoarthritis
  • Neuroprotective properties for treatment of neurodegenerative diseases
  • Anti-nausea properties for fighting nausea and loss of appetite
  • Anti-proliferative to help against prostate cancer
  • Insomnia
  • Muscle Spasms
  • Pain Relief

 

If you are interested in the best way to consume TCHA, consider raw cannabis and juice yourself up a healthy smoothie to enjoy its health benefits.

CBC – Cannabichromene

This cannabinoid was first discovered in 1966; it remains a relatively unknown cannabinoid but elicits high hopes from the medical field.

CBC is known to help with bone growth, helps reduce pain and inflammation, and has antifungal and antibacterial effects. If you are a migraine sufferer, you are in luck, this minor cannabinoid successfully treats migraines. Osteoarthritis sufferer? This cannabinoid helps treat pain and inflammation in osteoarthritis. This extremely therapeutic cannabinoid also helps neural cells critical in neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s.

For proper skin care, CBC also shows promise in helping those who suffer with acne.

Most importantly, it may effectively treat cancer, showing signs as a suppressant of cancer cell growth.

CBDA – Cannabidiolic Acid

CBDA turns into CBD when heated, and it does not stimulate feelings of intoxication, as it is not psychoactive. This cannabinoid has been found to be even more successful as an antimicrobial than CBD. It provides therapeutic benefits and is helpful in promoting the reduction of inflammation.

CBDA has promising benefits of providing anti-nausea effects. It also reduces anxietythrough the serotonin receptor. In cancer cell experiments, some studies have identified an anti-tumoral effect of CBDA.

To get your best dose of CBDA, raw cannabis that is juiced is the best way to acquire it.

THCV – Tetrahydrocannabivarin

THCV is a cannabinoid that offers a unique array of effects and medical benefits that sets it apart from other cannabinoids.

THCV is similar to THC in molecular structure and psychoactive properties, but it provides a variety of different effects:

 

THCV is most abundant in sativas, especially those of African descent. Durban Ppoison is a well-known variety that contains high levels of THCV. Equally, Cherry Pie is another common cultivar containing high levels of THCV. Growers are now specifically breeding varieties to contain a higher THCV level.

Cannabinoids Could Be BIG Business!

Cannabinoids, the main active ingredients that give Cannabis its medical and recreational properties, are likely to be among the most lucrative areas in the new cannabis industry.

Companies are looking to produce cannabinoids using a fermentation process, without having to extract it from the plants. This will include the psychoactive THC and non-psychoactive CBD, along with the lesser-known cannabinoids.

Are you looking forward to an expanded cannabis industry?