Rare Cannabinoid / CBD FAQs

What are Rare Cannabinoids?

Rare or “Minor” Cannabinoids are compounds found in hemp, cannabis and other plants. Each is believed to have a different health or wellness benefit as they interact with the human endocannabinoid system. CBD and THC are also cannabinoids, but unlike those two compounds, rare – or minor- cannabinoids naturally occur in very small quantities, traditionally accounting for only 0.01% to 10% of the total mass of the plant. Until recently, it was impossible to extract enough of these rare cannabinoids to be able to sell them. Scientists believe there are dozens of rare cannabinoids, probably more than 100. As technology continues to advance, more rare cannabinoids with different physiological effects will become available to augment peoples’ wellness regimes. Scientists are also improving techniques to derive CBD and other cannabinoids from citrus terpenes and also to produce them from yeast cells.

Why would I take a Rare Cannabinoid?

Each rare cannabinoid is believed to offer different physical and/or mental benefits. For example, CBN may aid rest, relaxation and sleep while THCV appears to act as an appetite-suppressing stimulant. Each cannabinoid is being studied for potential benefits in preventing and treating specific health ailments. You can read about each rare cannabinoid on our website and find links to scientific studies and other informational websites. A licensed physician trained in cannabis can also advise you on which cannabinoids may help you feel your best. You can then tailor your cannabinoid regime and add them to your full or broad spectrum CBD or THC oil to reflect which ones may have the best effect for you.

Which rare cannabinoid is best for my condition?

Due to FDA rules, we cannot make any claims that CBD or rare cannabinoids can prevent, diagnose, mitigate, treat or cure serious diseases.

However, we try to offer links to scientific studies and reports on which cannabinoids are being studied for specific potential benefits. This way, you can look up information on third-party sites yourself.

Below is some general information on each cannabinoid and what it’s being studied for. You can also find more information and links in our blogs and shopping pages for each product.

CBG (Cannabigerol) is believed to have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, neuroprotective and anti-bacterial properties. It is being researched for use against Alzheimer’s (and other dementias), Huntington’s and Parkinson’s diseases, IBS, MS, MRSA, certain cancers and more. Read more about CBG and its potential benefits here.

CBN (Cannabinol) may assist with rest, relaxation and sleep. It shows promise as an anti-inflammatory, neuroprotectant, antibacterial agent and is being studied for use against glaucoma. Learn more about CBN for sleep here. You can also learn more about CBN on Leafly, the world’s biggest cannabis information website.

THCV (Tetrahydrocannabivarin) is often called “the sports car of cannabinoids” for its alleged clear-headed, stimulating, appetite-suppressing properties. It is also being studied for antipsychotic and neuroprotective effects and uses in treating type 2 diabetes and stimulating bone growth. Read more about THCV and its potential benefits on Leafly here.

CBC (Cannabichromene) may assist with pain, inflammation management, mood elevation, improving skin conditions and reducing acne. Read more about CBC on Leafly here.

What is CBD (Cannabidiol)?

CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a natural, organic compound found in the cannabis plant. To be legally sold in the USA outside dispensaries it must be sourced from hemp (cannabis plants containing less than 0.3% THC). All Rare Cannabinoid Company products that contain CBD use an extract taken from a premium hemp farm on the Hawaiian island of Kauaʻi. It is a full spectrum CBD oil, which means that it contains less than 0.3% THC. If you prefer a broad spectrum CBD oil (which means that THC has been removed to below lab detectable levels), we suggest you use our sister company Hawaiian Choice’s products.

Full spectrum vs. Isolate vs. broad spectrum?

Full spectrum oil is a rich, whole plant extract which contains diverse and vibrant cannabinoids and terpenes, each of which has its unique profile and benefits. This rich balance encourages the “entourage effect,” which allows them to be combined in a way that is greater than the sum of their individual parts. All of the CBD used in Rare Cannabinoid Company products is full spectrum.

An isolate starts with the hemp plant, but is extracted to contain only that specific cannabinoid, and does not contain the plant’s other compounds. Our Single Extracts are also known as isolates. We suggest using them in combination with our full spectrum CBD oil or a full or broad spectrum CBD or THC oil of your choice to reap the rewards of the entourage effect. By using an isolate, you can control how much of that rare cannabinoid you receive and can take it in much higher doses than would ever occur naturally in a full or broad spectrum oil.

A broad spectrum oil is one in which a particular cannabinoid has been filtered out (in most cases THC) preserving the integrity of the rest of the plant’s compounds. If you would like to receive the benefits of the entourage effect but do not want to have any traces of THC in your CBD oil, we suggest you use our sister company Hawaiian Choice’s products. All Hawaiian Choice products contain broad spectrum CBD that has had THC filtered to undetectable levels. These products as well as Rare Cannabinoid Company’s Single Extract can be shipped to and made available in places with very strict THC laws, such as Japan, but please check your local laws if you have any concerns.

How do Rare Cannabinoids and CBD work?

The endocannabinoid system, discovered in 1992, is a network of receptors around the body that helps to keep our bodies in balance – or in a state of homeostasis. It is believed to have a huge effect on our overall health and wellbeing by supporting a multitude of physical processes, including mood, pain, energy, sleep, appetite, metabolism, stress and digestion.

The body naturally produces endocannabinoids, the goal of which are to maintain the body’s homeostasis. Research suggest that CBD and rare cannabinoids work synergistically with this system to help maintain and even improve our natural balance by modulating the endocannabinoid system and supplementing our own production of endocannabinoids.

What is the entourage effect?

This is the name given to the complex synergistic relationship between the hundreds of compounds found in the hemp plant, including cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids and essential fatty acids. By preserving the rich natural balance of the plant’s compounds, the full and broad spectrum oils allow them to be combined in a way that is greater than the sum of their individual parts.

What is CBN (Cannabinol)?

CBN (Cannabinol) is a rare cannabinoid that may assist with rest, relaxation and sleep. It shows promise as an anti-inflammatory, neuroprotectant and antibacterial agent. Learn more about CBN for sleep here.

What is CBG (Cannabigerol)?

CBG (Cannabigerol)
CBG is a rare cannabinoid that is believed to have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, neuroprotective and anti-bacterial properties. It is being researched for use against Alzheimer’s (and other dementias), Huntington’s and Parkinson’s diseases, IBS, MS, MRSA, certain cancers and more. Read more about CBG and its potential benefits here.

What is CBC (Cannabichromene)?

CBC (Cannabichromene) is a rare cannabinoid that may assist with pain, inflammation management, mood elevation, improving skin conditions and reducing acne.

What is THCV (Tetrahydrocannabivarin)?

THCV (Tetrahydrocannabivarin) is a rare cannabinoid. It is often called “the sports car of cannabinoids” for its alleged clear-headed, stimulating, appetite-suppressing properties. It is also being studied for antipsychotic and neuroprotective effects and uses in treating type 2 diabetes and stimulating bone growth. Read more about THCV and its potential benefits here.

Will THCV get me high? THCV (Tetrahydrocannabivarin) is not the same compound as psychoactive THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol).
At normal doses, THCV is not psychoactive. Instead, it is reportedly stimulating, appetite-suppressing and offers mental clarity.
However, at extremely high doses THCV could potentially have a psychoactive effect. Will I fail a drug test?

The short answer is that it would be very unlikely to fail a drug test due to taking our products, but it is possible and we cannot guarantee that you will pass a drug test. This is why:

Our single extracts contain Zero THC (which means psychoactive THC was filtered to below lab detectable levels on our third-party lab test reports) and our full spectrum CBD oil and full spectrum blends contain less than 0.3% THC (the legal limit for hemp-derived products in the USA). You can download batch reports here.

Drug tests are looking for THC. However, given the different types of tests and their varied sensitivity and accuracy, there is the chance that they could accidentally pick up a trace amount of CBD or mistaken another rare cannabinoid for THC.

We would therefore recommend that if you need to be drug tested that you either discuss your options with your employer (or whoever is requiring the test) or refrain from taking cannabinoids.