You probably already know about the two primary cannabinoids – Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). CBD especially has dominated the conversation around cannabis lately as its benefits are being experienced by millions.
But, CBD is really just the tipping point to an entire array of other properties contained in the cannabis plant. Because of the legal status around cannabis for the last few decades research has largely been done with small budgets, but everything is changing and two cannabinoids in particular have intrigued scientists.
In this post, let us take a look at two of the lesser known cannabinoids – Cannabinol (CBN), and Cannabigerol (CBG).
What You Need to Know About CBN
CBN was actually one of the very first cannabinoids ever discovered, and interestingly, one of the most elusive cannabinoids. It means that CBN is a lot harder to get hold of than any other combination of THC or CBD.
Why, you might ask! Because a dried cannabis flower contains only 1% trace of CBN but as much as 30% of THC.
CBN is the oxidized version of THC. When THC is heated or exposed to oxygen, it produces CBN. That’s why CBN is most likely to be found in badly stored or aged cannabis, as the exposure to oxygen is much greater in that case.
In order for THC to transform into CBN, the cannabis flower needs to go through multiple stages –when the plant is alive as well as when it’s dried. But once the process is complete, the result, which is known as CBN, is one of the most effective sleep aids currently available in the market.
In fact, a half dose of Cannabinol is known to be as effective as a full dose of pharma-grade diazepam (Valium) – with no intoxicating effects!
As we mentioned earlier, badly stored or aged cannabis is known to have a higher content of CBN in it, which makes it much more calming than if it were fresh.
Unfortunately, when buying CBN, it is not easy to determine how aged the flowers are. A lot of the growers can get quite crafty with the finishing process to ensure that there is a higher content of CBN present in the final product – even if the cannabis flowers were fresh.
CBN has also shown promising results as an anti-bacterial for burns, MRSA, and psoriasis but of course more research needs to be done to completely explore the benefits of CBN.
What You Need To Know About CBG
Let’s just say that CBG is the holy grail of cannabinoids. Here’s why:
- It is a well-known stimulant for bone-growth, someone’s appetite, and brain cells
- It is medically known to suppress cancer cells
- It has sedative, anti-seizure, and anti-inflammatory properties
Some researchers have found that hemp plants contain a higher strain of CBG than the cannabis flowers. It could be because CBG doesn’t decay into the active cannabis cannabinoids as CBD and THS do. Also, CBG is only found in the early stages of the plant’s growth; that makes it really hard to find in large amounts in the final cannabis product.
Medical professionals and researchers are actually quite excited about the vast possibilities and benefits that CBG offers.
All the research studies completed so far have shown promising results. CBG has proven to be highly effective in treating inflammatory bowel disease, bladder dysfunction, skin infections, glaucoma, and even cancer.