Mar 16, 2017 12:10 PM

5 Cannabinoids (Beside THC and CBD) You Should Know About

Most medical cannabis patients are familiar with THC and CBD—the two most common chemical compounds you can find in a cannabis plant. THC, or delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, is marijuana's main psychoactive element that gives you the feeling of euphoria. CBD, or cannabidiol, is the non-psychoactive chemical that is believed to be responsible for the majority of cannabis' miraculous medicinal effects: from reducing pain to easing nausea to stopping severe seizures. But there are a lot more to cannabis: MJWellness will tell you about five cannabinoids that are less famous but still extremely beneficial to our health.

CBC (Cannabichromene)


CBC is a non-psychoactive cannabis compound, which means it won't get you high. This cannabinoid may be helpful in reducing the severeness of pain and inflammation. CBC may also help slow down the growth of cancer cells.

It looks like CBC really loves sunlight and hot weather because it is easier to find this cannabinoid in cannabis strains that were grown in warmer climes. The average content of CBC in marijuana strains grown in colder regions is less than 1 percent.

CBG (Cannabigerol)


CBG is also a non-psychoactive chemical compound, plus, it is one of the cannabinoids that can be easily found in hemp. Most cannabis strains, however, contain less that 1 percent of cannabigerol.

The main medicinal benefit of CBG is its ability to inhibit the growth of cancerous and tumorous cells. CBG is also believed to be helpful in reducing pain and inflammation.

CBN (Cannabinol)


It is pretty difficult to find even the smallest amounts of CBN in live cannabis plants. This chemical compound shows itself when the levels of THC begin to decrease; mostly in harvested cannabis when it is exposed to air and light.

CBN is considered to be mildly psychoactive and is usually used in combination with CBD. Together, these two compounds work best for combating insomnia, reducing muscle spasms and pain.

THCV (Tetrahydrocannabivarin)


The chemical structure of THCV, also known as THV, is quite similar to the one of THC. Just like THC, THCV is psychoactive but has a bit different effects: while it still makes you feel high, your head and thoughts remain clear.

As for the medicinal benefits of THCV, the chemical is believed to be able to:

  • reduce the severeness of seizures;
  • suppress appetite;
  • normalize blood sugar levels.

CBDV (Cannabidivarin)


CBDV is a homolog of CBD that is most frequently found in wild cannabis strains from Nepal and India. Domesticated marijuana plants contain only trace amounts of the chemical.

Just like CBD, CBDV does not have any psychoactive effects and therefore cannot get you high. What it can do is reduce the quantity and severeness of seizures in patients with epilepsy.

These five cannabinoids are not the only chemicals contained in cannabis plants. There are plenty of others, and their medicinal potential is yet to be explored.

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