CBD, CBN, CBG, CBwhaaaaa?!
CBD is actually just one of hundreds of cannabinoids found in the hemp plant. With hundreds of active compounds packed into the flower, how do you figure out what each one does and how you can benefit? Lots of trial and error?
As mentioned, every body is different and every compound cocktail will likely feel different to each person. There are some rules of thumb, however, on how each of the compounds generally effect the body. Let's talk about some of the leading ladies of the cannabinoids:
THC is probably the most notorious compound with CBD following closely behind. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is known for getting people high. Intoxication is one of its biggest draws and the effect that has demonized it for so long. This compound is found in higher concentration in cannabis plants. However, disregarding the beneficial nature of THC would be selling it short. It can encourage relaxation, soften pain, boost mood, and increase hunger.
Cannabidiol (CBD- pronounced ka-nah-beh-die-all) has a ton of potential when it comes to therapeutic benefits. It is non-intoxicating and is found in higher concentration in hemp plants than in cannabis plants. CBD can reduce or prevent inflammation in the brain and body which is, by far, its primary benefit. Working with the endocannabinoid system in our bodies, CBD can impact anxiety, sleep, appetite, mood, nausea, and hanky-panky to name a few.
Cannabinol (CBN) can be used in a variety of ways. It can be used medicinally for things like pain relief, sleep aids, antibacterials, anti-inflammatories, and appetite stimulants. Among its physical effects are relaxation, sleepiness and hunger. We decided to include it in our "Dream On" tincture for these very reasons, it can be perfect for bedtime.
Cannabigerol (CBG) is another anxiety reliever. It also has potential for pain relief, along with antibacterial, antidepressant, and anti-fungal properties. This is a rare gal, occurring in less than 1% of the plant mass and is known as the "mother of all cannabinoids" because in its acidic form it is abundant in hemp and cannabis plants. CBG may help to support focus, appetite, metabolism, and stress response, making it great for daytime support in our "Be Cool" tincture.
This is a super abbreviated list but it gives you an idea of how each compound can work with the body. So what cannabinoids do you need? Evaluate what your body is telling you and circle back to each. If you sleep fine at night you may not need to integrate a supplement with CBN into your routine, if you need focus CBG might be the answer for you. Reading COAs and examining labels are the best way to educate yourself on what you're putting into your body. Learning how your body responds might take time but will ultimately offer up some answers.
Book: Healing with CBD by Eileen Konieczny, RN, with Lauren Wilson
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