What are Rare Cannabinoids?
Over the last few years, CBD has become a household name. From CBD tinctures to CBD gummies, and bath bombs to body balms, people are utilizing the natural compound. In fact, one in seven Americans use products containing CBD, according to a Gallup survey taken last year.
CBD (cannabidiol) is a non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis and hemp plants. THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) on the other hand, is a psychoactive compound – in other words, the part of the plant that gets you high. THC and CBD both work via a system called the human endocannabinoid (EC) system. This system is a unique communications system that affects many important functions of both the brain and the body. However, these are far from the only two compounds found in cannabis and hemp.
In addition to CBD and THC, scientists believe that there are dozens other cannabinoids. These other compounds are called rare – or minor – cannabinoids and researchers say each may offer a different health or wellness benefit.
Rare cannabinoids are rare because they occur in much smaller quantities than CBD and THC. A rare cannabinoid will make up just 0.01% to 10% of the total mass of the plant. Due to their scarcity, it was extremely difficult to isolate them until very recently.
Due to the prohibition of cannabis for so many years, research into the potential benefits of these rare cannabinoids is only in its infancy, but initial findings are promising.
The endocannabinoid system consists of at least two cannabinoid receptors, CB1 (located mostly in the brain and nervous system) and CB2 (found throughout the body), and two key endocannabinoids, anandamide and 2-arachidonylglycerol (2-AG), as well as enzymes. Different cannabinoids have different effects depending on which receptors they bind to. This understanding is what underpins all of cannabis medicine.
Synthetic cannabinoid medicines, including Marinol, Nabilone, and Rimonabant have also been manufactured to bind to specific receptors for specific effects. While they have proven effective, natural cannabinoids, especially when taken in combination with each other to provide the “entourage effect,” are being looked at more closely now that hemp regulations have eased.
Anecdotal evidence suggests that CBN is good for relaxation and sleep, while THCV is believed to have an uplifting, energizing quality and may also be an appetite suppressant. Meanwhile, CBG and CBC are being studied for their possible unique benefits.
Due to FDA guidelines, Rare Cannabinoid Company cannot make claims regarding all of the potential medicinal benefits of these compounds. We encourage our customers to talk to a licensed physician trained in cannabis and do extensive online research to find out how specific cannabinoids may help with their specific ailments or overall wellness. Please be aware that cannabinoids may interact with prescription medications and discuss this potential risk with your healthcare provider.
Our goal is to provide you with the tools to control your cannabinoid intake. With our single extracts and enhanced CBD hemp extract blends, you can add exactly as much CBN, GBG, CBC or THCV as you like to your daily wellness regime. Our products put you in control and you can even change up your mix depending on your mood and daily physical requirements.
You can see our third-party lab reports for every batch of every product here. Therefore, you know that what our products say on the bottle is what’s inside.