The world of cannabinoids extends beyond CBD, as many people fail to see. A bottle of CBD oil has a lot more in it than just CBD. The health benefits that you achieve aren’t the result of only CBD, but a host of other substances that are making their contributions as well. The source of legal CBD in most places, namely the hemp plant consists of a whole load of cannabinoids; we are talking about around 100 of them. CBD is the only one. We will be taking a look at some of the lesser-known cannabinoids that are contributing to the entourage effect and making your medication more beneficial and effective for you. Read on…
Some Of The Cannabinoids That You Should Be Aware Of
These include the likes of CBDA, CBN, CBC, CBDV, and CBN. Let us take a look at them, one cannabinoid at a time:
Better known as cannabidiolic acid, CBDA is a pioneer in CBD. CBDA turns into CBD when it undergoes the process of decarboxylation – the process of thermal application that causes the activation of certain compounds.
Because of this, the chemical make-up of CBDA and CBD, have a striking resemblance. Of the scientific evidence that we have obtained regarding the cannabinoid is that CBDA has the potential as an inflammatory inhibitor, and its use in treating nausea is under further study. CBDA is present in the leaves, stems, and the flower of the hemp plants, and if the application of heat is limited then the concentration of CBDA is higher.
This is also another cannabinoid that is present in cannabis plants. It was one of the first cannabinoids that were synthesized from the degradation of THC. Similar to how thermal decomposition of CBDA yields CBD, the decarboxylation of THC when it is exposed to oxygen and heat, converts to CBN – THC is the predecessor of CBN. The psychoactivity of CBN is a far shot from THC. You won’t get high or intoxicated, at least not to the extent that THC is famously capable of.
CBN is a powerful sedative and because of this, it is a potent and naturally healthy alternative that aids those who have sleeping difficulty. There is research that shows that CBN when used in conjunction with CBD helps in enhancing the ‘sleep time’. Keeping the influence it has in inducing sleep, CBN has shown promise as being a stimulant for the growth of bone mass. The research is still in its infancy but with the potential to grow and speed up bone growth, it could mean turning the tables on bone degenerative disorders.
This is short for cannabigerol. It is non-psychoactive and the promises of the multitude of therapeutic effects that are on offer by it, are worthy of mention. CBG is one step behind and is the predecessor of THC and CBD. In the same way, how exposure to heat causes CBDA to breakdown to form CBD, CBG transforms into these cannabinoids as well, namely THC and CBD. CBG accelerates and boosts the benefits of other cannabinoids.
The percentage of CBG that is present is considerably low, just about 1%. However, the low percentages in no way translate to the efficacy of this particular cannabinoid. It is through interaction with the receptors of the endocannabinoid system, that it can naturally raise dopamine levels and create a sense of happiness and excitement. It is great when it comes to inducing sleep, appetite, and supports your behavior. CBG works well in promoting mental health and is a tool for reducing anxiety and depression – in a natural way that too. The potential of CBG as an anti-inflammatory agent for inflammatory bowel disease is very much real. It acts as a neuroprotectant and slows down cell degeneration.
This is a cannabinoid that is called cannabichromene. CBC is obtained from CBDA, upon its breakdown – similar to how THC and CBD are formed. Similar to variants of CBD, CBC also does not intoxicate. CBC works by binding with the vanilloid receptors which is a receptor of the endocannabinoid system. It is a receptor that shapes the perception of pain. This means that with this potential, it could be used in place of traditional painkillers such as NSAIDs, but minus the danger and long-term risk to heart health.
There is also evidence pointing to it acting as an anti-cancer agent. This is because of its ability to block and restrict, albeit to an extent, the growth of cancerous cells. There is still a need for further research into this field, and it is believed that scientists are onto something with this particular cannabinoid.
The Curtain Closer
Don’t skip out on the multitude of health benefits that one can gain from full-spectrum CBD products. It is not just the CBD, but the gang of cannabinoids that will help in boosting the therapeutic benefits that you as a user will experience.