Emerging Science of Minor Cannabinoids
At JPotter Health we can not help but be excited about emerging studies and research surrounding minor cannabinoids. When working with our CBD coach, Jackie Potter, you will likely hear about cannabinoids other than just CBD - so here's some basic information.
Cannabinoids: Major Cannabinoids & Minor Cannabinoids
A cannabinoid is a chemical compound found in the cannabis plant (hemp and marijuana), that mimic compounds found in our own endocannabinoid system - a system in our bodies proven to be involved in appetite, pain, mood and memory. Major cannabinoids are found in greater quantities and include CBD and THC. Additionally, there are over 100 cannabinoids in smaller quantities, many times too small to measure with existing lab instruments, referred to as minor cannabinoids, phytocannabinoids or exogenous cannabinoids.
Minor Cannabinoids in CBD Oils and Other CBD Products
Each CBD product will have various concentrations of other minor cannabinoids and exciting new studies are finding substantial health benefits associated with each. The National Institute of Health (NIH) has even awarded $3Million to investigate the pain-relieving properties of chemicals in cannabis - including minor cannabinoids and terpenes. When the CBD coaching client at JPotter Health goes through the intake process, the focus is on what benefit they would like from the CBD product - i.e. pain relief, inflammation, anxiety, sleep, etc. The client can then be set-up with appropriate samples of CBD oils, CBD topicals and other CBD products carefully vetted, with 3rd party lab results, to determine if there are higher levels of a minor cannabinoid that has proven to help with their particular need.
Click on the "The Entourage Effect" image, or click here, to open up the info-graphic and get a visual idea of how the over 100 phytocannabinoids, also known as minor cannabinoids, work with each other and terpenes and flavonoids to maximize health benefits of your CBD products.
One of the most popular cannabinoids, non-psychoactive, can help with the symptoms of inflammation, could reduce anxiety, falling asleep and staying asleep, assist with chronic pain, skin problems, might have neuroprotective properties, could benefit heart health, may help with substance abuse. Studies are ongoing into these and many more areas
CBD-A: Cannabidiolic Acid
The molecular structure of CBDA closely resembled that of other common nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) prescribed for treating arthritis and known as over-the-counter pain relievers such as aspirin and ibuprofen. Also seems to help as a treatment for nausea and anxiety
Nicknamed “the mother of all cannabinoids” CBG appears to have antioxidant, neuroprotective and anti-bacterial properties and, according to latest research, shows potential promise for use in Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s, IBS, MS and MRSA – not curative just provides some therapeutic relief of symptoms
May help fight cancer, the reason might be its interaction with the body own natural endocannabinoid, anandamide. Also appears to help with pain and inflammation, in a mouse study CBC had a positive effect on neural stem progenitor cells (NSPCs), essential to normal brain function
Best known as the cannabinoid created as THC ages. Some of the benefits of CBN are: it may be a potent antibacterial agent, neuroprotectant, appetite stimulator, may also be helpful for those suffering glaucoma. Pure CBN may not have the sedating effects originally thought, studies are ongoing the latest research seems to think it is part of an entourage effect of multiple cannabinoids combined to create the sedative effect previously attributed to CBN exclusively
THC: Delta-9 Tetrahydrocannabinol
Psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, mimics the natural chemical anandamide (produced in the brain), altering the function in communication by attaching to the neurons
THC-A: Tetrahydrocannabinolic Acid
The inactive form of THC found in the live plant, specifically in the trichomes of the plant. Non-psychoactive. THCA in this form is considered to be a superfood. Anti-inflammatory, anti-proliferative properties, neuroprotective properties, antiemetic properties
∆8 THC: Delta-8 Tetrahydrocannabinol
This is made by performing a specialized fractional distillation of cannabis flower which is present at about a 1% volume of delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol. This is a fairly new process and is under investigation because it shows the promise of THC without the strong psychoactive properties. Stay tuned for updates
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