5 Lesser-Known Cannabinoids You Could Be Benefiting From Right Now

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by Rachelle GordonCannabisIRL Contributor.

We asked Rachelle Gordon to look into some of the lesser-known cannabinoids that you could be benefiting from right now. Here’s her information about five that really deserve to be on your radar.

The cannabis plant contains hundreds of unique compounds. They’re responsible for everything from aroma, to effect, to appearance. Cannabinoids are active ingredients that bind to your CB1 and CB2 receptors.

Right now, the most well-known and widely available cannabinoids are THC and CBD, but there have been over 100 identified cannabinoids. These “lesser-known cannabinoids” are gaining interest from researchers and consumers alike. They’re curious about their potential therapeutic uses.

Here are five cannabinoids that aren’t THC and CBD. You could be utilizing in your regimen right now.

Cannabigerol (CBG)

CBG is actually the chemical parent of popular cannabinoids CBD and THC. Yet, it’s only present in about 1% of cannabis strains. Despite its reclusive nature, there is much attention being paid to CBG. That’s due to its perceived anti-inflammatory and tumor-fighting ability.

One Italian study found that when isolated, CBG reduced inflammatory bowel disease in mice. Another Italian study conducted in 2014 showed that cannabigerol slows the growth of colorectal cancer cells. that study provides even more inspiration for research.

Cannabinol (CBN)

Another lesser-known cannabinoid making waves is CBN. Short for cannabinol, CBN is a mildly psychoactive molecule. It’s known for its sedative effect. A study conducted by a cannabis testing company found that CBN could become a groundbreaking sleep aid.

Also, British researchers concluded in 2012 that cannabinol works well as an appetite stimulant when compared to CBD. THC is also known as an appetite stimulant (hello munchies!) but will also offer more of a “high”. That makes CBN an enticing alternative.

Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THC-V)

While CBN may be making waves as a possible way to entice the appetite, THC-V will do just the opposite. The cousin of THC, THC-V is already available in vape cartridge form in some states with legal adult-use cannabis. While mostly being marketed as “diet weed,” the cannabinoid is known to reduce anxiety.

What’s truly remarkable is its potential as a treatment for diabetes, a condition that affects over 30 million Americans. Last year GW Pharmaceuticals made history after their CBD-derived medication Epidiolex was approved by the FDA for severe epilepsy. They are currently conducting trials on a THC-V treatment for metabolic disorders.

Delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol (Delta-8 THC)

Delta-8 THC is another lesser-known cannabinoid. It’s gaining major popularity in more mature cannabis markets. How does it differ from regular THC? Delta-8 is less psychoactive It offers neuroprotective capabilities. That means it may help you stay sharp for your daily Sudoku.

Pharmaceutical applications of the compound may be coming soon. A company filed for a U.S. patent on the anti-emetic uses (nausea relief) for Delta-8 in 2006.

Tetrahydrocannabinolic Acid (THC-A)

THC-A is essentially raw THC. THC-A turns into the well-known cannabinoid once it’s been decarboxylated (heated). It is mostly used by people looking for the benefits of THC but without the psychoactive effects.

The compound also has anti-inflammatory properties. It may also help ease nausea (much like its cousin Delta-8).

Additionally, in a study on prostate cancer, THC-A showed promise as a tumor inhibitor. As a “raw” ingredient, it will probably be on smoothie menus at juice bars near you in no time.

Read more CannabisIRL stories about cannabinoids here.

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