Cannabis Chemistry 101


Here at MakeSandcastlesNotWar, two of the most popular chemicals that are regularly discussed are THC and CBD.  These chemicals compounds are found within the cannabis plant and provide a wide-range of benefits for consumers.  THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) is the psychoactive part of cannabis that generates the ‘high’ that people feel after consuming cannabis.  CBD doesn’t have that psychoactive feature and it can help counteract the effects from THC.  It’s also the compound that provides the calming effect needed to treat anxiety or sleep loss.

With cannabis use gaining more popularity after last year’s election results, the scientific research on the plant becomes more essential than ever before.  Newly-discovered compounds are documented, providing unique benefits that THC may not have.  What kinds of unique compounds are found within cannabis?  Do they provide similar medicinal effects that would benefit consumers?

To answer these burning questions, I’ve decided to craft a helpful list of common chemical compounds found within cannabis.  Today’s post is a lesson on ‘Cannabis Chemistry 101’, aiming to educate you on the miraculous chemicals.  So sharpen your pencils and crack open your notebooks, because it’s time to start your less on Cannabis Chemistry 101!

THCV (Tetrahydrocannabivarin)

Our first chemical compound is THCV or Tetrahydrocannabivarin.  Tetrahydrocannabivarin provides a strong psychoactive feature that will leave you with a euphoric high.  This chemical is so strong that it will leave you higher than THC, but the duration happens only half as long.  Its euphoric high contains energetic effects that will keep you moving.  Ingesting some THCV has been found to effectively counter stress, anxiety, and panic disorders without suppressing any emotion.  Taking in cannabis with THCV also reduces the tremors associated with Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and from other neurological disorders.  Users consuming THCV will also see that it diminishes appetite and help stimulate bone growth.

CBG (Cannabigerol)

Cannabigerol is a non-psychoactive chemical that has been found to stimulate both brain cell and bone growth in users (and they say smoking weed will kill your brain cells…pshaw!).  The compound also provides promise as an anti-bacterial and anti-insomnia medicine, which would be useful in combating insomnia.  While there is not a lot of major medicinal effects, cannabigerol is definitely useful for sleeplessness.

CBDV (Cannabidivarin)

Cannabidivarin (CBDV) is another non-psychoactive chemical on the list.  It demonstrates promise in treating seizures for people.  Epilepsy is a well-known disease that is currently being treated with cannabis.  It has shown some dramatic improvement over the years and CBDV is the chemical compound most helpful with the symptoms.  For those suffering from seizures, CBDV is the way to go when scouting for the best cannabis chemicals.

CBN (Cannabinol)

Cannabinol occurs after THC degradation.  It is the most sedating of all cannabinoids on the list and provides mild to non-psychoactive effects.  This chemical provides help in aiding glaucoma, insomnia, and pain.  You’ll have to degrade some THC in order to get some CBN, but the compound will be most useful for aiding sleeplessness as well.

CBC (Cannabichromene)

The last chemical compound on our list is CBC, cannabichromene.  Cannabichromene is another non-psychoactive chemical that also stimulates bone growth.  This compound is found to be about 10 times more effective in treating anxiety or stress than CBD.  If you thought that CBD was the most useful in treating anxiety, then you haven’t seen nothing yet!  While CBC products haven’t become popular on the market yet, it’s proven effects of combating anxiety/stress could become a popular cannabinoid in the near future.

So these are some of the most popular chemicals discovered within cannabis.  There are still many more hidden compounds to explore and legalization will help pave the way for better cannabis use.  Who knows, maybe there will be strains high in CBC hitting the shelves in the near future.  But for now, keep these chemicals in mind when thinking about utilizing cannabis for combating your illness.

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