You’ve probably heard of THC and CBD, the two most prominent cannabinoids in that have increased in popularity recently. But what you may not know is that there are a ton of other cannabinoids in cannabis. We may not know exactly how many there are (some say dozens, others say over 100) but we do know some of the more prominent ones. And you don’t always have to consume these through e-cigarettes or vape pens. There are patches and CBD pills. We consider them vaping alternatives.
With the recent e-cigarette and vape pen illness epidemic, you may want to consider consuming these cannabinoids through vaping alternatives.
Here are five cannabinoids other than THC and CBD you should know about:
1. Cannabigerol (CBG)
Starting off — we should say that besides THC — no other cannabinoids are known to get a user high. CBG is the same. CBG basically increases the bodies anandamide levels, which help regulate biological functions and help with things like appetite, sleep and memory.
2. Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV)
Ok, so technically THCV can get a user high like THC. But it acts a little differently. THC gets a person high by binding with the body’s cannabinoid receptors and activating them, causing the “high.” THCV will bind with those same receptors, but if there’s only a low level of THCV present, it won’t activate them. But if there’s a high level of THCV, it will activate them and produce a high. A THCV high will come on quicker but last a shorter amount of time than a THC high. THCV also helps prevent seizures and can help treat PTSD.
3. Cannabinol (CBN)
Heating or exposing THC to oxygen produces CBN. But it will not bind with cannabinoid receptors, so therefore won’t get you high. That’s why preserving your cannabis is so important, because otherwise THC will naturally degrade to CBN and you won’t get high from your old weed. CBN fights inflammation and is also a good sleep aid, increases appetite and allegedly prevents seizures.
4. Cannabichromene (CBC)
While CBC won’t bind with the receptors that get you high, it binds with other receptors in the body to produce positive effects. It most prominently binds with receptors associated with pain relief. It also fights inflammation and prevent acne, according to some reports. It come sin balms, tinctures and lotions – making it one of the great vaping alternatives.
5. Cannabidivarin (CBDV)
CBDV is most notable for being the cannabinoid most effective at preventing seizures. In fact, when you hear about companies or scientists trying to create medications using CBD to prevent seizures, the scientists are actually using CBDV. While they are similar, CBDV has slight differences that make it more effective.