CBD, CBN, and CBG are some of the major cannabinoids found in hemp. Unlike delta-9 THC, the cannabinoid known for producing the psychoactive effects of marijuana, these cannabinoids are not intoxicating. Instead, they each carry their own set of physical and nonphysical benefits. If you are unsure whether CBD, CBN, CBG, or any combination of the three, is right for you, read on to learn more about these therapeutic cannabinoids.

What is CBD?

Of course, CBD is currently reigning over the hemp industry. Since being federally legalized in 2018, it has been studied for its use in seizures, chronic pain, anxiety, inflammation, and more. CBD bonds with receptors in the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is responsible for maintaining balance in the body. This ability to create a state of homeostasis is the “calming” effect often associated with CBD. Because CBD has the potential to reduce anxiety, it is gaining notoriety as a useful sleep aid.

CBD is a natural anti-inflammatory, which means that it’s an effective pain reliever. Everyone from athletes to seniors can benefit from the physical relief CBD can bring. Some people even use CBD to treat chronic pain like arthritis. Full-spectrum CBD products contain, not only CBD, but the “full spectrum” of major cannabinoids: including CBN and CBG. But what are these other cannabinoids known for individually?

What is CBN?

While CBN is also a naturally occurring compound, it is only found in hemp plants in relatively small quantities. In order to create larger amounts of CBN, scientists oxidize THC. CBN, otherwise known as cannabinol, interacts with the ECS in similar ways to CBD. CBN binds with CB2 receptors, which play an important role in the central nervous system. Like CBD, CBN also has anti-inflammatory properties, which make it an effective pain reliever. CBN is also believed to produce a sedative effect, meaning it could be a useful sleep aid

What is CBG?

CBG, or cannabigerol, is often referred to as the “mother of cannabinoids” because it is the first cannabinoid produced by hemp plants. As young plants start to mature, they produce an “early-stage” cannabinoid called cannabigerolic acid, otherwise known as CBGA. This is where all cannabinoids begin. 

CBGA is the acidic form of CBG. As a hemp plant grows and absorbs more UV light, CBGA is broken down and converted into other cannabinoids. Because of this process, CBG is, like CBN, found naturally in small quantities. Similar to CBD, CBG is known for its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. It is believed CBG can bind with both the CB1 and CB2 receptors in the ECS. This could be the reason for CBG’s high potential as a therapeutic compound

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Regardless of which cannabinoid you feel like you can benefit from the most, it’s imperative that you choose a safe, lab-verified product. Check out our website, where you’ll find third party lab test results for a variety of CBD, CBN, and CBG products. Examining these Certificates of Analysis is the best way to ensure that you purchase a safe product which contains nothing more and nothing less that what it claims.

Dr. Igor Bussel, M.D., M.S., M.H.A
Dr. Igor Bussel, M.D., M.S., M.H.A Dr. Igor Bussel, M.D., M.S., M.H.A is a clinician-scientist and ophthalmic surgeon. Before attending Chicago Medical School, he worked as a Research Scientist in a Healthspan Pharmacology Laboratory at University of California, Irvine focused on investigating the impact of botanical extracts and dietary supplements that can slow the aging process and add healthy years to human life.

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