Other Minor Cannabinoids
Over the last 30 years, there we have seen several discoveries about the cannabis plant. CBD and THC are only but the tip of the iceberg; other minor cannabinoids will soon become popular as well. CBD seems to be the largest market for the cannabis industry. Other markets are still emerging as researchers are unveiling the limitless potentials of the diverse compounds in the plant.
Several cannabis manufacturers are making good use of minor cannabinoid extractions as extraction technologies get more sophisticated. Similarly, savvy cannabis users are starting to find out more about minor cannabinoids.
What are minor cannabinoids?
As you may know, CBD and THC earn most of the headlines as they are the most popular of the active compounds and most abundant cannabinoids found in cannabis. However, there are hundreds of cannabinoids that we are just starting to discover and understand.
Researchers may disclose hidden secrets down within the leaves of the plant through understanding each of the cannabinoids separately. Let’s look at some of the popular cannabinoids gaining popularity in the hemp and cannabis industries.
1. Cannabigerol (CBGA)
Cannabigerol is often regarded as "the mother cannabinoid", because it's responsible for the making of both CBD and THC. Due to its ability to biosynthesize, researchers are attempting to restrain that power in the lab. Research has suggested that CBGA may be useful to users to treat disorders such as diabetes, an inflammatory bowel disease, and other metabolic illnesses.
2. Cannabinol (CBN)
If CBG is at the leading edge of the spectrum, the cannabinol or CBN will be noticed at the opposite end of the spectrum. Because it is created via the natural THC degradation, CBN has little psychoactive effects but is assumes to be powerfully sedative. Cannabinol has been defined according to the National Cancer Institute as a cannabinoid that has potential anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive activity. CBN is known to inhibit the production of cytokines and also trigger apoptosis in individual cells.
3. Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV)
Tetrahydrocannabivarin or THCV is a compound in cannabis that provides unique effects and medicinal benefits that separates it from other cannabinoids such as CBD and THC. THCV may serve as an appetite suppressant, anti-epileptic, anti-anxiety, anti-psychotic, anti-diabetic, and anti-cholesterol. It may help in reducing panic attacks, help with Alzheimer's, and also stimulate bone growth.
4. Delta-8-Tetrahydrocannabinol (∆-8-THC)
While not a well-known cannabinoid, according to the National Cancer Institute, delta-8-THC has anxiolytic, appetite-stimulating, anti-emetic, neuroprotective, and analgesic properties.
5. Cannabichromene (CBC)
Lately, cannabichromene has also been earning a lot of attention as it is one of many cannabinoids that have revealed to help in fighting away superbugs like MRSA. According to Cresco Labs, CBC may serve as an anti-cancer and anti-tumor. Just like other cannabinoids, CBC is perceived to be an effective anti-inflammatory that could aid in treating different ailments.
It is overwhelming to think of the benefits coming from each of these plants when the potential of these little molecules have been examined. This is only the beginning.
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