While cannabidiol, more commonly known as CBD, is rapidly increasing in acceptance and popularity, cannabinoids are so much more than just one compound. In fact, scientists have now detected over 90 different types of plant cannabinoids, although most of them are in such low concentrations that they are difficult to isolate and study.
However, scientists have been able to identify and research eight of the most abundant cannabinoids in the hemp and cannabis plant. Each of these cannabinoids have their own collection of unique characteristics, ways in which they interact with your body and endocannabinoid systems (ECS).
On this week’s blog, K’dara is taking a dive into the eight most abundant types of major and minor cannabinoids.
Three Major Cannabinoids
Of the eight most abundant cannabinoids, three are considered major cannabinoids because they are found at the highest levels of concentration. They are most commonly found in the hemp and cannabis plant.
CBD is the most well-known and researched of all the cannabinoids. This non-psychoactive cousin of THC has had a phenomenal rise in popularity, which is partly due to medical research beginning to show that it is potentially a natural, versatile and safe supplement that can be used for a variety of issues. In addition to CBD’s believed benefits, recent legislative changes have allowed more people to access quality CBD products.
Researchers are discovering that the way in which CBD interacts with our bodies is quite unique. For example, unlike other cannabinoids that bind directly to our ECS’s cannabinoid receptors, CBD influences them to do what they do best. In addition, CBD has the ability to interact with other types of receptors and genes by modulating and balancing their functions.
Many people believe that THC is purely recreational because of its psychoactive, euphoric and intoxicating effects, but this is not the complete truth.
Researchers have found that THC has many different therapeutic properties, and that using CBD in combination with THC can amplify the positive effects of each while minimizing the psychoactive properties of THC.
Similar to CBD, CBC does not have any psychoactive or intoxicating effects. Scientists believe that CBC works in harmony with the other cannabinoids, ultimately helping them to do their jobs better.
Five Minor Cannabinoids
Five of the eight cannabinoids are considered minor cannabinoids because they occur in smaller amounts. They are also most commonly found in the hemp and cannabis plant.
Usually, you can expect to only find around 1% CBG present in most hemp and cannabis. The reason for this is because CBG is the parent cannabinoid from which all the other cannabinoids like THC, CBD and CBC are made.
Just like CBG, you will only find a small amount of CBN in the fresh hemp and cannabis plant. The reason for this is because CBN isn’t naturally occurring but is the result of degraded THC, meaning it is also mildly psychoactive
Although THCV is very similar to THC in its structure, these two cannabinoids have very different properties and effects. THCV is only mildly psychoactive when compared to THC.
Although structurally very similar to CBD, CBDV is not as well-studied or widespread as CBD.
CBCV and CBC are very closely related and share a variety of similar properties.
The more research that is being done on the properties of the hemp and cannabis plant for medical purposes, the more scientists are honing their understanding of different plant cannabinoids. Scientist are also finding that the unique sets of properties and effects of the different cannabinoids work better together in what they call the entourage effect. That’s why our K’dara CBD Oils and Tinctures contain full/broad-spectrum CBD extracts where possible.
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