There are over 80 known cannabinoids found in cannabis plants. These chemical compounds offer a wide variety of solid health benefits for your mind and your body. While we know of 80 different cannabinoids, we know very little about all of the cannabinoid effects on the body, largely due to so many long years of prohibition. The prohibition era prevented scientists from being able to research and study the effects of cannabinoids on the human body. However, we do know much about the more important cannabinoids, and we aim to go in depth on how exactly they can benefit you, so that when you’re purchasing marijuana, you can choose cannabis strains or products suited better for your individual desires and medicinal needs. We’ll go in depth today about THC, THC-A, THC-V, CBN, CBD, CBD-A, CBC, CBC-A, CBG, and CBG-A.
However, we do know much about the more important cannabinoids, and we aim to go in depth on how exactly they can benefit you, so that when you’re purchasing marijuana, you can choose cannabis strains or products suited better for your individual desires and medicinal needs. We’ll go in depth today about THC, THC-A, THC-V, CBN, CBD, CBD-A, CBC, CBC-A, CBG, and CBG-A.
Psychoactive cannabinoid effects
The most common cannabinoid is THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol). Everyone who smokes knows that THC is responsible for the psychoactive effect you feel when you toke and is responsible for causing you to feel high. THC is known for having a euphoric effect on the mind and body. It’s most commonly prescribed for pain relief because it’s so effective at soothing muscles. THC is known to alter the user’s behavior, perception, mood, and consciousness. THC is also an appetite stimulant and good for reducing nausea and vomiting, anxiety, and depression.
Directly related to THC is THC-A, which is the acidic form of THC. THC-A (Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid) is the biosynthetic precursor for THC, and it doesn’t have any psychoactive effect, meaning that THC-A won’t get you high. This cannabinoid can’t currently be extracted well, as purified forms of THC-A are wildly unstable in powdered form. There are powdered drink mixes that are formulated to be mostly THC-A, but they aren’t totally pure. The health benefits of THC-A are as an anti-inflammatory, anti-vomiting, antiemetic, and anti-prostate cancer. It’s also good for inhibiting cancerous cell growth, and for reducing seizures and convulsions.
THC-V, also known as Tetrahydrocannabivarin, is the cannabinoid that is responsible for appetite suppression, reducing blood sugar levels, promoting bone growth and overall healthfulness, and preventing seizures and convulsions. THC-V is the ugly cousin of THC-A and THC, but it still has a set of health benefits on its own. Essentially THC-V is different because it has a propyl side chain group attached to the actual THC molecule, and because of this it affects the body a bit differently.
Non-psychoactive cannabinoid effects
CBN causes the drowsy, couch locked feeling after you smoke weed. When the plants are harvested a little too late, the THC on the plants turns into CBN. This is why weed harvested too late is sometimes used strictly for falling asleep. CBN is an excellent sleep aid, and it’s also good for pain relief, and the reduction of muscle spasms because it has such a relaxing effect on the body. CBN is shortened from Cannabinol, which is shortened from cannabigerolic acid. Another little-known use is as an anti-bacterial
CBD is the one of the better-known cannabinoids and it has more health benefits than most other cannabinoids. For this reason, strains high in CBD are highly sought after in dispensaries across Colorado and anywhere medical marijuana is sold. Most products sold in dispensaries are enhanced with CBD because it will enhance the effects of other cannabinoids as well as provide a nice body buzz when taken internally. CBD is an excellent anti-inflammatory and has antibacterial properties, but it’s great as an appetite enhancer and pain reliever and muscle relaxer. It also prevents tumorous cells from growing and can effectively reverse the effects of cancer. CBD is also good for your blood, as it prevents cholesterol from clogging your arteries. CBD taken topically can treat eczema and psoriasis. It’s also an excellent neuroprotective cannabinoid that can ease anxiety and help you keep a level head. Like THC-V, it can lower your blood sugar levels and reduce seizures and convulsions. Last but not least, CBD is great for digestive help, as it prevents your small intestines from cramping and reducing nausea and vomiting. CBD is also used to treat Dravet syndrome, better known as Epidiolex.
CBDa is the acidic precursor of CBD, and it is best known for inhibiting the spread of breast cancer. It’s also been studied recently the effects CBD-A has on it’s ability to treat epilepsy most effectively in children. CBD-A is also an anti-inflammatory, so it’s great for people with Crohn’s disease and arthritis. It’s also an antibacterial and reduces nausea and vomiting. CBD-A is also an anti-proliferative and can treat some forms of cancer.
Cannabichromene, better known as CBC, has been studied a lot less than the other cannabinoids we’ve mentioned. However, that doesn’t make it any less important. CBC was studied in a March 2010 experiment that showed that when combined with THC and CBD, CBC has antidepressant effects, and that it can promote neurogenesis. CBC is also great for pain relief and reducing joint inflammation. There is also evidence that CBC is good for bone growth and and as an anti-proliferative.
CBC-A, much like all the other “-A’s” is an acidic version of CBC. The acidic property of CBC-A makes it fantastic as an antibacterial and an antifungal. CBC-A is most commonly used to help people with food poisoning. CBC-A can also treat fungal issues, like yeast infections, and prevent them from even occurring in the first place.
Cannabigerol, better known as CBG, is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid that has antibacterial effects that have been known to alter the overall effects of cannabis. It’s an amazing anti-inflammatory, so it’s good for people with joint pain or multiple sclerosis. CBG is also great for pain relief. CBG can kill most bacteria and slow much bacteria growth, which is excellent for preventing bacterial infections like strep throat or food poisoning. It can also inhibit cell growth in tumors and cancer cells, and allow for healthy bone growth. It acts as a low-affinity antagonist at the CB1 receptor, and currently we are unsure about how it acts with the CB2 receptor. Further study is needed.
CBG-A is what gives CBG it’s astounding anti-inflammatory properties. Very little is actually known about CBG-A aside from how good it is at reducing inflammation in joints and bones.
Time continues to march on, and 2017 looks bright for legalization as well as for cannabis research. With 80 known cannabinoids to research, we’re hoping the industry puts its efforts into discovering each one and examining why it’s good for our bodies or why it may not be. For now, we are making do with what we have to work with, and what we do know is quality. Cannabis is a miracle plant with so many uses, and so many benefits, both spiritually and for our bodies. Cannabinoid research is such an important topic to look into, so always keep an eye out for more information. You always want to be sure that what you’re putting into your body is good for you.
We hope you use this guide to facilitate your purchasing decisions from here on ot based on your own individual needs.