Emerging Cannabinoids You Should Know: CBG, CBC and CBN


Many local convenience stores tout CBG-infused treats on their shelves.

Now, we’re seeing a new series of letters, including CBC and CBN.

What do these confusing acronyms mean?

Most people know that the acronyms must be associated with marijuana — and they are. Each is a compound that offers its own properties. Our bodies respond to each cannabinoid compound differently.

We’re most familiar with CBD, the best researched of the cannabinoids. It stands for cannabidiol.  It’s been adapted into oils, pills, creams and gummies. CBD interacts with certain receptors in our bodies, and it’s believed to help regulate mood, sleep, appetite and dopamine levels. It may also help treat anxiety and depression, though scientific evidence is still scant.

A cannabidiolic acid, or CBDA, is produced by certain cannabis plants’ stems, leaves and flowers. When CBDA is exposed to heat or ultraviolet light, the acid breaks down and leaves behind Cannabichromene, or CBC.

It has shown anti-inflammatory qualities that could be used to treat acne, based on preliminary information that it soothes glands that secrete oil.

Both CBC and CBD are non-intoxicating, unlike the main psychoactive compound in cannabis, called THC.

Another compound, CBN, comes from the breakdown of the psychoactive cannabinoid THC. It’s mildly psychoactive, but it generally doesn’t produce a high like THC.

There’s some evidence that it can help treat conditions such as anxiety, depression and chronic pain.

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