There’s so many different cannabinoids hitting the market such as CBD, CBG, CBN, and the list goes on. You might be wondering how all these cannabinoids are different? And what type of experience do they produce? In this guide, we go into a general overview of CBD, CBG, and other lesser known cannabinoids.
Hemp Derived Cannabinoids
When you hear the word “Hemp Derived” this simply means that the cannabinoid came from the Hemp plant. On the contrary, most cannabinoids such as THC typically come from the Marijuana plant. This matters because Hemp is legal while Marijuana remains illegal on a Federal level.
A popular cannabinoid that you probably have heard of by now is CBD. This is produced from the Hemp plant, then extracted into a distillate that can be made into different products. However, the Hemp plant can produce over 120 different cannabinoids. Instead of doing an overview of 120 different cannabinoids, we decided to single out the most popular ones.
This popular cannabinoid is known to many as CBD, but it is abbreviated from Cannabidiol. It’s a non-psychoactive product that is known for promoting all the benefits of Hemp without the high. Also, it’s the second most active cannabinoid in the Hemp plant. In other words, CBD grows abundantly in the Hemp plant, but in order for CBD to be legal it must have less than 0.03% of THC.
Most CBD comes from the leaves, and stalks of the Hemp plant. Although some products can include Hemp Seed Oil, that’s a product all on its own. Hemp Seed Oil doesn’t contain any CBD but has other benefits. The most common types of CBD you will find include CBD Isolate or Full Spectrum CBD.
You’ll find the experience you get from CBD to be very soothing. Although CBD alone will not more than likely make you feel drowsy. It’s often paired with other ingredients and terpenes that will. For some people CBD makes them feel mellow while it’s possible for some people to feel no effect. Different people will have different experiences based on how much they take, the strength, and how often they consume it.
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Just like CBD which stands for Cannabidiol, CBG is abbreviated from Cannabigerol. Also, CBG isn’t produced in large quantities in the Hemp plant, and is considered to be a minor cannabinoid. The levels of GBG present in the Hemp plant is usually less than 1% so it’s very difficult to produce.
Unlike CBD that is produced from mature Hemp plants, CBG is often extracted from younger Hemp. This is because younger Hemp plants tend to have more CBG levels than fully matured plants. Also, certain strains of Hemp plants tend to produce higher yields of CBG, which means that growers are still experimenting with different ways to produce higher amounts of CBG.
This cannabinoid is still non-psychoactive which means it won't get you high. You can expect to have the same experience with CBG as you would CBD. Although on the surface they may act the same, they serve different purposes when they enter your body. However, the way that CBD makes you feel is typically the same way that CBG will make you feel.
Another minor cannabinoid is Cannabinol, and its abbreviated form is CBN. Just like CBD and CBG, CBN is non-psychoactive so it won’t get you high. Also, it’s important to note that unlike CBG which comes from young Hemp plants; CBG is actually produced from older Hemp plants. This means that Hemp plants that are very mature tend to produce higher amounts of CBN.
When the Hemp plant begins to get oxidized it tends to begin to go past the maturity stage. This means that Hemp on the brink of decomposing tends to produce high amounts CBN. However, CBN is extracted from the low levels of THC that are naturally found in Hemp. Therefore, it tends to be very difficult to produce high amounts of CBN because Hemp naturally has low levels of THC.
It is believed that CBN tends to produce sedative effects in its users. However, it was discovered that there are no sedative properties found in pure CBN extracts. It was concluded that the sedative properties might come from aged terpenes found in the Hemp plant. Therefore, CBN tends to produce the same experience as CBD; but the aged terpenes are said to provide the soothing experience associated with CBN.
Choosing The Right Product
The most difficult part when deciding what type of product you want to try is choosing the right one that will get you the desired effects. When trying to decide between CBD, CBN, or CBG, you’ll want to look at the ingredients more than the actual cannabinoid.
Each individual product comes with added terpenes and flavonoids. This is what gives the product their taste and also what’s known as the entourage effect. When you mix cannabinoids like CBD, CBG, etc. with terpenes it tends to enhance the characteristics of that specific strain. For example, products that promote rest and relaxation will typically have terpenes that enhance that desired experience.
As mentioned earlier, matured terpenes that are in CBN make for a better relaxing experience. While other products may include a terpene profile that promotes energy paired with other Sativa qualities. Although terpenes are found in Hemp, they also exist in other plants. There are certain fragrances and aromas that Hemp produces which can also be referred to as essential oils.
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You’ll read about different benefits that are associated with certain types of cannabinoids. However, the truth is there are not enough studies to conclude that one cannabinoid is better than the other. You’ll hear about individual testimonies how one product benefited someone in a unique way. While it might be true for them it won’t necessarily be true for everyone else.
The issue is that everyone’s body is different and reacts to the cannabinoids found in Hemp in different ways. Therefore, before you decide to take anything Hemp related it’s important that you talk to your doctor. This is to avoid any negative reaction especially if you’re taking medication. Although the cannabinoids found in Hemp are non-toxic, it’s best to double check with your doctor first.
You will continue to see new cannabinoids start to get more popular. Although these are not new cannabinoids, they are new to the Hemp market. Some of the most popular cannabinoids that you’ll see in stores include CBD, CBG, and CBN. However, when deciding which one to take it’s important you look at the ingredients first. This is to ensure you’re getting a product that’s pure, all natural, and help achieve the desired effects.