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What are Minor Cannabinoids?

At Lazy River Products, we’re committed to being Massachusetts’ premier recreational marijuana dispensary by providing our clients with the best adult-use flower, concentrates and edibles. We’re so excited to finally be open and getting the chance to share our amazing selections with all of New England, while also continuing to share educational information that provides more insight into the game changing wellness potential of the cannabis plant.

 

In one of our previous blogs, we talked about the role of trichomes as they relate to the overall effects of cannabis. Let’s now dive a bit further into the world of cannabis and discuss ‘minor cannabinoids’, what they are, and their roles in relation to the endocannabinoid system that exists within all humans. 

What are 'Major' Cannabinoids?

Before we can begin to talk about minor cannabinoids, we must first make a quick stop to discuss ‘major’ phytocannabinoids. By now, you might already be familiar with cannabinoids such as THC and CBD, that have taken the American mainstream by storm in the past decades. Researchers consider these to be major components of cannabis because they are consistently the most abundant phytocannabinoids present in cultivars.

Minor Cannabinoids

Make no mistake, just because these cannabinoids are labeled as ‘minor’, doesn’t mean that they’re any less valuable within the scope of available cannabis components. Rather, they’re labeled in this way simply because they are not as abundant in the cannabis plant, compared to CBD and THC as mentioned above. Minor cannabinoids hold the potential to provide us with further benefits, and with more opportunity for scientific discovery, hopefully soon we will know much more about the 100+ cannabinoids that exist within the cannabis plant.

Here are some notable minor cannabinoids:

CBG 
CBG, or cannabigerol, is considered to be the “Mother of all Cannabinoids” because it is the breakdown of CBG that forms all other cannabinoids, including THC & CBD. This cannabinoid has been shown to help with inflammation, among other bodily issues.

CBC
CBC, or cannabichromene, is another minor cannabinoid present within the cannabis plant, and has been shown to exhibit antidepressant effects, in concert with THC & CBD. 

CBN
CBN, or cannabinol, was actually the first cannabinoid to be isolated in 1940; it has been shown to exhibit sedative properties when interacting with THC. 

THCV
THCV, or tetrahydrocannabivarin, has been described as the “slightly less potent little brother of THC”, and has recently been categorized as a CB1 and CB2 receptor agonist – meaning that it helps to initiate physiological response from the receptors. 

Delta-8-THC
Delta-8-THC, or delta8-tetrahydrocannabinol, is the new cannabinoid on the block that has greatly risen in popularity within the past year. It has been described as being similar to THC, but less psychoactive.

The Future of Minor Cannabinoids

It’s safe to say that these days throughout the United States and the world – wellness is key. Therefore, the potential of minor cannabinoids becoming more prominent within the legal hemp and cannabis sphere is great. As folks gain more knowledge about them, demand is sure to skyrocket, creating more opportunities for local organic farmers to focus on growing these exciting compounds. Indeed, it seems that minor cannabinoids are becoming a ‘new frontier’ in wellness.

 

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