The cannabis world has come a long way from just CBD and THC; what are some of the exciting minor cannabinoids taking the world by storm?
We’ve come a long way in the last decade, and the cannabis world is now just starting to spotlight some of the minor cannabinoids such as CBG, CBN, CBC, Delta-8 THC, Delta-10 THC and THCV. While we already know a lot about the two dominant cannabinoids, Delta-9 THC and CBD, we’re only just scratching the surface on understanding these minor cannabinoids.
In the following article, we’ll take a closer look at some of these minor cannabinoids and why they’re gaining so much popularity worldwide.
What Are Minor Cannabinoids?
We already know that the two major or dominant cannabinoids are cannabidiol (CBD) and delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (Delta-9 THC). They are considered the two main cannabinoids because they are most prominent within the cannabis sativa plant. However, there are actually over one hundred other cannabinoids present, all of which evolve from one another.
Cannabigerol (CBG) – Often known as the “Mother Cannabinoid”, because both THC and CBD start as CBGA, an acidic form of CBG. CBG is non-intoxicating and binds to both CB1 and CB2 receptors. What makes CBG special is that it can be grown and produced in high concentrations as there are now CBG dominant strains available. This is a promising cannabinoid to incorporate into your daily routine.
Cannabinol (CBN) – When THCA breaks down or degrades, it produces CBN. Although only found in minor amounts within mature plants, manufacturers have developed processes to convert and isolate CBN from hemp extract. Early research into CBN suggests that it binds to the CB1 receptors in a similar way to THC, but at much lower strength. This is a cannabinoid to take at the end of the day.
Cannabichromene (CBC) – Also stemming from CBGA, CBC is a cannabinoid that is non-intoxicating, as it binds poorly to the CB1 receptors in the brain. However, it is found to bind to TRPV1 and TRPA1 receptors, which increase the level of your body’s natural endocannabinoids. While there is still a lot to learn, studies suggest that CBC has a synergistic role in working together with other cannabinoids, known as the entourage effect.
Delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol (Delta-8) – Delta-8 THC is a naturally occurring psychoactive cannabinoid that is found in small traces of the cannabis plant. Its chemical structure is like Delta-9 THC, however the placement of the double bond causes a less potent “high” when binding with the endocannabinoid system. Its important to know that most Delta-8 products on the market are made by converting hemp derived CBD via an isomerization process, making it federally legal under the 2018 Farm Bill. However, be sure to check your local and state regulations, as every state has its own laws. When consuming Delta-8 THC, treat these products like you would a Delta-9 THC product.
Delta-10 tetrahydrocannabinol (Delta-10) –Another branch off the Delta-9 THC family tree, this cannabinoid is psychoactive and binds with the CB1 receptors. Naturally present in small quantities, Delta-10 THC can be synthesized from hemp extract, like Delta-8 THC. Studies suggest that Delta-10 THC differs from Delta-8 THC, in that its effects are uplifting, similar to low amounts of CBD.
Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV) – THCV can naturally be found in small amounts within the cannabis plant, as well as synthesized from hemp extract. Recent advancement in genetics have developed THCV dominant strains, boosting its popularity. Unlike Delta-9 THC, this cannabinoid turns off the CB1 receptors, which suppresses appetite, making it known as the diet cannabinoid.
Minor Cannabinoids – Conclusion
Cannabis research will continue to evolve with the understanding of new cannabinoids coming out every year. Each cannabinoid has its own unique properties and uses just as every person has their own need. It’s important to find your own cannabinoid profile and dosage that best fits you. If you have any questions about any of the minor cannabinoids such as CBG, CBN, CBC, Delta-8 THC, Delta-10 THC and THCV, then don’t hesitate to contact us directly.