Benefits of Lesser Cannabinoids: CBG, CBN & CBC

Benefits of Lesser Cannabinoids: CBG, CBN & CBC

The Cannabis plant holds more than 100 chemical compounds known as cannabinoids that are known to have numerous benefits in our bodies. For instance, the endocannabinoid system discovered by Raphael Mechoulam and his team in 1992 is involved in helping our bodies maintain good health. When its receptors react with cannabinoids, they work together with neurotransmitters, stimulating specific effects in the body.

The most common cannabinoids include cannabidiol – CBD and tetrahydrocannabinol – THC. Most people don’t realise that the cannabis herb contains other compounds that give healing power to the human body. Scientific research continues to discover more and more compounds that can cure various health conditions.

Following are the benefits the lesser cannabis compounds can offer to a person's body.

CBN (Cannabinol)

This chemical compound results when tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) ages or when it reacts with air (oxygen). It is almost identical to cannabidiol but provides unique benefits that are essential to the human body.

  • CBN prevents the body from forming cancerous cells
  • It stimulates appetite
  • It controls the advancement of Lewis carcinoma (a lung tumour)
  • Cannabidiol fights MRSA (a Methicillin Resistant Bacteria)
  • Works as a sedative
  • The compound is able to provide some of the THC benefits
  • It is known to have anti-epileptic properties
  • Prevents the symptoms of ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis)

The benefits of this cannabis compound are not broadly known since there are little concentrations and studies done about how it works with the endocannabinoid system in the body. Fortunately, scientists are trying as hard to study this compound in great details.

CBG (Cannabigerol)

In fact, this compound is not well known in the medical industry, but its importance is overwhelming. What is unique about cannabigerol is that it is the parent compound to both CBD and THC. In other words, it is formed in the early stages of the cannabis plant, acting as the father of both CBD and THC.

It is widely known to be the only cannabis compound that can encourage the growth and development of new cells of the brain. Other benefits include:

  • Balancing our well being
  • Eases pain
  • Can act as an antibiotic
  • Prevents the skin from becoming red
  • Acts as antidepressant
  • Encourages bone growth

Researchers are more willing to study CBG due to the increased medicinal value of the cannabis plant. Some medical experts are already distributing this product to treat various health conditions.

CBC (Cannabichromene)

It was initially known in 1966 and occurs due to decarboxylation. Similar to other cannabinoids, this compound comes from CBG in a three-way process. When subjected to UV-light or much heat, CBG loses carbon dioxide (CO2) molecule yielding CBC. Some of the benefits are:

  • Stimulation of neurogenesis
  • Can effectively prevent tumour growth in combination with CBD, THC, and CBG.
  • Ability to increase analgesic effect in cannabis
  • Can work as an antidepressant
  • Has anti-inflammatory characteristics
  • Reduces fungal inflammation
  • Has the ability to treat migraines

Since it works very well with other cannabis compounds, a lot of research is being done to explore more benefits.

Scientists are trying as much as possible to discover more cannabis compounds and their benefits, to improve our health or the medical industry in general.