Cannabinoids are chemicals that come from the Cannabis Sativa flower and provide relief to many symptoms such as nausea, pain, anxiety, etc. Cannabinoids work by imitating endocannabinoids, compounds our bodies naturally produce, which are activated in order to maintain internal stability and health. There are dozens of different cannabinoids, but you’ve probably only heard of THC and CBD. We’re here to explain the difference between these and teach you about a couple others!
THC VS CBD
Cannabidiol (CBD) and Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are two of the main cannabinoids that come from the Cannabis Sativa plant. THC is the primary psychoactive component of the cannabis plant and is the main compound responsible for creating the “high” or “stoned” feeling associated with recreational cannabis use. CBD will not create that feeling, in fact it can actually lessen or neutralize the psychoactive effects of THC. Both CBD and THC have significant therapeutic attributes.
CBD and its Medicinal Properties
People who seek alternatives to pharmaceuticals have turned to CBD. CBD can provide relief for chronic pain, anxiety, seizures, depression, and many other conditions. CBD’s anti-cancer properties are currently being investigated at several academic research centers worldwide.
CBD & Hemp
Cannabis and Hemp both come from the Cannabis Sativa plant and both contain THC and CBD. Hemp has lower concentrations of THC and higher concentrations of cannabidiol (CBD). Hemp has been grown for thousands of years because of its multi use properties. Hemp can be used to make rope, textiles, paper, bio fuel, and many other things. Hemp can even be made into oil for beauty products such as shampoo and lotion.
What is CBG?
CBG or Cannabigerol, is a lesser-known, but still important, cannabinoid. CBG’s results for medicinal use are very promising. It is thought to be effective in treating glaucoma. In a study on mice, it was able to help treat IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease), and protect neurons in mice with Huntington’s disease, which is characterized by nerve cell degeneration in the brain. CBG is also a big promise when fighting cancer. CBG has shown that it can help block receptors that cause cell cancer growth. It is also an effective antibacterial agent, especially with skin infections. CBG can also help with appetite stimulation. This is only the beginning in finding out the medicinal potential CBG has.
What is CBN?
Cannabinol, or CBN, is a non-intoxicating cannabinoid. CBN can be found in high amounts in older cannabis. We’re going to be highlighting a few of the potential benefits that are currently being researched. CBN, much like CBG, is a potent antibacterial agent when fighting bacterial infections, helped increased appetite in a study performed on rodents, has shown to be helpful for those suffering glaucoma based on a study performed on rabbits, and has shown to reduce arthritis found in a rodent study. CBN may also be a strong neuroprotectant. In a study on rodents, researchers used CBN as a potential treatment for ALS. The results were that it was able to delay the onset of the conditions. While human studies still need to be conducted, it’s a great possibility that it could be a powerful tool in fighting ALS and other neurodegenerative conditions.
What is THCV?
THCV, or tetrahydrocannabivarin, that is similar to THC in it's molecular structure, but will not provide the "high" or "stoned" feeling. THCV is an appetite suppressant which may be good for consumers who are interested in weight loss. THCV may also help with diabetes as research shows it has the ability to regulate blood sugar levels and reduce insulin resistance. THCV also has the ability to reduce panic attacks, stimulate bone growth, and also help Alzheimer's.
Every day there are new cannabinoids being found. We hope that these great chemicals are able to help people suffering from different illnesses and diseases. As always, feel free to reach out to us with any questions and we’ll be happy to help.