You’ve heard about THC and CBD: THC creates a high, whereas CBD induces a calming effect. But have you ever heard of the cannabinoids CBN, CBC and CBG?
“The cannabis plant contains 545 compounds that have been identified by researchers, out of those compounds 113 are considered phytocannabinoids,” explains Maximum Yield, a Canadian cannabis magazine. “The plant’s phytocannabinoids all interact and bind together with the terpenes and flavonoids to produce a complex interplay within the plant’s system.”
In this week’s post, we’d like to focus on three unique phytocannabinoids and why scientists are paying attention to them:
Cannabigerol (CBG): CBG is found in cannabis but usually in small amounts. However, this phytocannabinoid has shown promise in containing therapeutic values. As reported by Leafly, CBG may help patients in the fight against cancer: “In one such study, it was shown to inhibit the growth of colorectal cancer cells in mice, thereby slowing colon cancer growth. CBG inhibited tumors and chemically-induced colon carcinogenesis, therefore demonstrating a very exciting possibility for a cure for colorectal cancer.”
Cannabinol (CBN): As THC gets older, it converts to CBN, which is why older cannabis tends to contain high levels of CBN. According to studies on rodents, CBN may work as an appetite stimulant. “Since some avoid THC (another well-known appetite stimulant) due to its intoxicating effects, CBN could potentially offer an alternative for those seeking the munchies without the high—but more research is needed,” writes Leafly.
Cannabichromene (CBC): This cannabinoid has shown promise in treating acne. In a 2016 study, CBD and CBC were studied as potential acne treatments. During the study, CBC was shown to have impressive anti-inflammatory properties, while reducing the production of large lipid amounts in sebaceous glands. Cannabichromene, when combined with THC and CBD, has even been shown to create anti-depressive properties; this means that CBC has the potential to alleviate depression.
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“What are Phytocannabinoids?” viewed on October 24, 2019.
“What is CBG (Cannabigerol) & what does does this cannabinoid do?” viewed on October 24, 2019.
“What is CBN (Cannabinol) & what are the benefits of this cannabinoid?” viewed on October 24, 2019.
“What is CBC and what are the benefits of this cannabinoid?” viewed on October 24, 2019.
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