Author: Lindsey Horton

The past year has proven massive interest in, and demand for derivatives of the hemp plant after the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill. Most high in demand are CBD products, arguably the most recognizable cannabinoid of those known to exist.

However, CBD is not the only cannabinoid worth paying attention to in this ever-expanding industry.

As of now, there are at least 113 different cannabinoids contained in the cannabis plant, and it’s expected more will be discovered.

Most Researched Cannabinoids

Aside from CBD and THC, only a few other cannabinoids have been studied in any capacity as of now. Here are a few brief summaries of some of the cannabinoids currently being researched:

CBG, Cannabigerol: may be able to slow bacterial growth, promote bone growth, and help with insomnia.

THCv, Tetrahydrocanabivarinic: a psychoactive cannabinoid, could be used as an appetite suppressant and an effective stimulator of bone growth; it also may reduce panic attacks, and may help with Alzheimer’s.

CBN, Cannabinol: may help with insomnia, pain relief, and the promotion of bone growth.

CBC, Cannabichromene: may have anti-epileptic properties, reduce inflammation, promote bone growth, and prevent the growth of harmful cells.

CBDa, Cannabidiolic Acid: may have anti-inflammatory properties, antibacterial properties, anti-nausea properties, and prevent the growth of harmful cells.

THCa, Tetrahydrocannabinolic Acid: may have anti-inflammatory properties, anti-nausea properties, neuroprotective properties, and prevent the growth of harmful cells.

What Does the Future Look Like for Cannabinoids?

A few of the aforementioned cannabinoids have already hit the market in the form of various products. Here are a few brands expanding beyond CBD products:

 

Since CBD is classified as a drug under United States law, its regulation will differ from other cannabinoids that will soon be sold in stores. Navigating the legal nuances of each cannabinoid classification may prove to be challenging, but this is familiar ground for the cannabis plant.

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