When we talk about cannabinoids, we refer to the extremely complex compounds present in cannabis, which promote rigorous functioning and hyperactivity of neurons in the brain, hence leading to the psychoactive and physiological effects cannabis has on one's mind and body. However, CBD and THC, that is, cannabidiol and tetrahydrocannabinol respectively are the two best-known cannabinoids present in cannabis. There are several other primary cannabinoids which are present in the plant and perform several functions which are worth noting. Florida cannabis doctors have conducted thorough research, and are coming up with more and more uses of these cannabinoids.
These lesser known cannabinoids are:-
CBC or Cannabichromene is non-psychoactive in nature. It has medicinal significance, as it has anti-inflammatory properties and helps the brain recover from fatigue. It is also proven to have the potential to prevent tumour growth, especially with it being found to have properties that when used in synergy with CBD and THC, have the potential to limit the growth of breast tumours. CBC also has potential as an antidepressant, i.e. a patient treated with a dosage of CBC will be relieved of depression and will have a significant elevation in mood. CBC is most effective when paired up with other cannabinoids.
CBN is short for Cannabinol. This compound has medical properties too which, however, are unlike those of CBC. Cannabis is known for its potential for glaucoma treatment, and it is CBN that gives it this ability. CBN can also lead to increase in appetite and relief from pain due facilitation of endorphin release. It can also be used as a sedative and can form a worthy alternative to valium or morphine with a good dose. These properties make it an effective tool for medical use given its vast versatility.
Cannabigerol or CBG is one of the first cannabinoids to develop in the cannabis plant. It is also non-psychoactive in nature, like CBC and CBD. CBG, when used in the isolated state, has antimicrobial properties, and is an antibiotic. It also has extremely effective pain relieving properties as it controls endorphins. Similar in its abilities to prevent to some extent the outgrowth of a tumour and also as an antidepressant to CBC, it is useful and easy to use when the plant is young and not fully mature. CBG also has value in its ability to treat skin diseases such as psoriasis.
A complement of THC, THCv stands for Tetrahydrocannabivarin, and it takes effect when functioning in an additive manner to THC. It also acts as a sheath for THC my cancelling out the negative psychoactive effects of THC. It has neuroprotective properties, and protects neurons from damage, wear and tear, and prevents the impairment of cannabis usage. Cannabis usage is linked to weight loss, and it is the THCv that contributes to this weight loss. Also, adding to its protective properties, it has the ability to prevent convulsion and seizures in parts of the brain.
CBDv or Cannabidivarin is a scarce element of the cannabinoids present in cannabis. It is similar to CBD but its shape varies slightly on a structural unitary level. It has the ability to counter epilepsy and prevent hallucination. It also helps prevent nausea and other brain fatigue side effects. Patients suffering from gastric problems are treated with a dosage of CBDv along with CBD. Information on this cannabinoid is limited as of now due to the current nature of research and development.
A low key cannabinoid, Delta THC is less psychoactive than THC. However, it has similar medical properties, and some added influences on our mind and body, such as elevated appetite, and the ability to skive off nauseous sensations. THC is known to be adept at further inducing psychoactive responses in adults rather than in children /adolescents, and function, in order to stimulate brain response to the body, needs as shown by its ability to increase appetite.
By Crystal Wilson