What Beneficial Compounds Are Present in Hemp?
Cannabinoids have been used for thousands of years for medicinal purposes. And both hemp and cannabis Sativa is rich in over a hundred different cannabinoids. Some of which can provide wellness benefits.
When you choose a broad-spectrum or full-spectrum CBD supplement, you are not only getting cannabidiol, but other valuable cannabinoids that can help alleviate pain, improve mood and energy levels, and much more.
There are medicinal potentials that hemp-derived cannabidiol supplements may have. And it’s important to learn more about hemp and cannabis as an option for holistic healing and wellness.
Meet the Other Hemp Cannabinoids That Could Help You Feel Better
Hemp is a cannabis plant. Sativa cannabis is also a cannabis plant; both belong to the same gene pool and evolutionary family. Hemp and cannabis were written about in ancient scrolls, including the practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for healing.
There are actually over one-hundred cannabinoids that scientists have isolated in cannabis. But there has been more in-depth research into eight specific cannabinoids. Some of which may work together to amplify wellness benefits.
1. Cannabigerol (CBG)
This cannabinoid binds easily to a neurotransmitter called anandamide. The transmitter helps regulate appetite, quality sleep, and rest and can help reduce pain symptoms. One of the other nice things about CBG is its ability to increase feelings of pleasure and boost energy and motivation.
Science is still discovering many other potential benefits of this less-known cannabinoid. Some research studies link CBG to lower cholesterol and added protection to brain and nerve cells. There are current studies trying to learn whether CBG can be a therapy for patients with Huntington’s Disease. And as an appetite stimulant for individuals with IBD (inflammatory bowel disease) and patients with Wasting Syndrome (cachexia).
2. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)
The cannabinoid usually needs no introduction. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is a cannabinoid that produces psychoactive effects when consumed. If you have a medical card, THC is the component in marijuana that is most noticeable.
Cannabidiol (CBD) supplements and products with less than 0.30% THC have been federally approved since 2018. A small amount of THC in your CBD supplement can help cannabidiol bind to the CB1 receptors in your body better. Which improves absorption and the efficacy of the CBD you take.
3. Cannabidiol (CBD)
Speaking of CBD, cannabidiol is the second most recognized cannabinoid. That’s because CBD products are so prevalent, from nutritional supplements to creams for pain and inflammation. Some cosmetics also contain cannabidiol too.
According to an article in Forbes Health (June 7, 2022), a recent poll revealed that 60% of American adults consume CBD regularly, and 55% use cannabidiol (in tincture form). Sublingual uptake involves placing a measured amount of cannabidiol under the tongue and allowing it to pool for one minute. The base of the tongue allows for rapid absorption of CBD oil, which makes it a popular method.
Cannabidiol can be consumed in a variety of ways, including:
- Edibles (gummies, candies, or lozenges)
- Lotions or topical creams and serums
- Whole flower (smokable hemp bud)
Many clinical studies suggest that cannabidiol may have a lot of health benefits when consumed daily. Cannabidiol may help reduce debilitating symptoms of chronic pain, inflammation, neuropathy, arthritis, muscle spasm, and anxiety.
4. Cannabigerivarin (CBGV)
The jury is still out on CBGV because there have not been many studies into the cannabinoid. But like most cannabinoids, cannabigerivarin produces no psychoactive effects. But it appears to have some medicinal properties.
Studies suggest that CBGV can help amplify the beneficial effects of CBD. It may help the body metabolize cannabidiol better. But CBGV also seems to have standalone wellness effects, including the ability to reduce pain and inflammation. This is important for patients with Fibromyalgia, Crohn’s Disease, Arthritis, Epilepsy, and diseases caused by chronic inflammation.
There has also been some research regarding cancer treatments with CBGV. That’s because cannabigerivarin (CBGV) may be a powerful cytostatic within cancer cells. Effectively reducing the growth and speed of cancer cells reproducing in the body.
5. Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV)
Did you know that some cannabinoids can help fight drug or alcohol addiction? Compounds in THCV may help reduce cravings, which can be useful for patients who are in addiction recovery. The cannabinoid helps to regulate the emotional sensation (and pleasure reaction) to food and other substances.
Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV) has been shown to help with seizures as well. Some studies have suggested that it may be useful for pain management and chronic health conditions like Diabetes. But more research is still needed to learn how THCV works in the human body.
6. Cannabidivarin (CBDV)
You aren’t alone if you have never heard of the CBDV cannabinoid before. Cannabidivarin originates from Indica strains with lower THC, from the Landrace family. That means when it comes to cannabinoids, CBDV is one found in ancient non-hybrid plants from India. But CBDV can be present in small amounts in some of the most popular strains of medical cannabis.
When cannabidivarin (CBDV) is ingested, it can help reduce muscle spasms and seizures for some patients. Some people also experience relief from mood disorders like depression or anxiety and moderate pain symptoms.
7. Cannabichromevarin (CBCV)
When it comes to clinical studies about cannabinoids, data on cannabichromevarin (CBCV) is a little hard to find. But the scientific community has discussed the potential benefits of this propyl cannabinoid on human health.
When taken as a supplement, cannabichromevarin may help as an analgesic (or pain reliever). It also may have significant antibiotic and antifungal properties, which could help prevent or reduce the severity of infections. Particularly for immune-compromised patients.
Cannabichromevarin may also help with:
- Intractable pain
- Clinical depression
- Crohn’s disease
- Parkinson’s disease
- Muscular dystrophy
You may not hear CBCV talked about as often as other cannabinoids. In fact, very few people even know about it. But in time, researchers may uncover more wellness possibilities for CBCV. And growers may start to breed higher levels of CBCV into industrial hemp crops.
Hemp Cannabinoids Can Be Rich in Healthy Fatty Acids
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not permit cannabidiol to be included in food products. However, many states that have legalized medical cannabis or adult-use (recreational) permit the sale of CBD food and beverage products. That includes states like Florida, Texas, and Ohio.
Hemp seeds are something you may want to add to your morning smoothie for good health. That’s because every hemp seed is packed with healthy omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. We don’t eat enough of the good kind of fats in our diet.
Consuming hemp seeds may help you lower your cholesterol and reduce hypertension (high blood pressure) and blood fats (triglycerides). Which also makes them good for heart health.
Help for Post-Menstrual Syndrome (PMS) Symptoms
Hemp oils (used to create cannabidiol or CBD supplements) may also help women with post-menstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms. Hemp-derived cannabidiol has high gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) levels, which can lower a hormone called prolactin. And some of the uncomfortable symptoms of PMS could be helped by CBD.
Regarding the difficult or uncomfortable symptoms of PMS, cannabidiol (CBD) could reduce pain and mood problems (irritability or feelings of depression). Some studies also suggest that cannabidiol may help reduce cortisol (the stress hormone) and lower feelings of unease and anxiety.
Now you know a little bit more about hemp-derived cannabidiol. And why so many Americans have added a quality CBD supplement to their daily routine. At DocMJ, our experience helping thousands of patients inspired us to develop a collection of cannabidiol (CBD) wellness products.
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