The 6 Cannabinoids Labs are Testing for
By: Chris J. Hoo, Esq.
of Evergreen Law
Cannabinoids are chemical compounds secreted by the cannabis plant that imitate those naturally produced by our bodies. These compounds, called endocannabinoids, help maintain our internal stability and health. Upon consuming cannabis, cannabinoids bind to receptor sites in our brain and body. Different cannabinoids have varying effects, depending on which receptors they bind to. Let’s take a closer look at the six cannabinoids labs test for and their miraculous health benefits.
1. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC):
Cannabis’ primary psychoactive compound. It’s what creates the “high” feeling we all know and love. Besides that, THC treats a multitude of debilitating ailments, such as Alzheimer’s, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, PTSD, Crohn’s Disease, cancer and neuropathic pain.
2. Tetrahydrocannabinolic Acid (THCA):
This non-psychoactive (it doesn’t get you high) component only exists in live, fresh cannabis (it degrades into THC when the plant is dried or burned). It’s been proven to treat muscle spasms, PMS (and related cramping), auto-immune conditions and dementia.
3. Cannabidiol (CBD):
Cannabis’ primary non-psychoactive compound. It can balance out the less desirable effects of THC, such as memory impairment, paranoia & drowsiness. It also fights tumor and cancer cells, and has been proven to reduce nausea, vomiting, psychosis, anxiety, inflammation, depression and general chronic pain.
4. Cannabidiolic Acid (CBDA):
Non-psychoactive compound found in the resin glands, or trichomes, of raw (unheated and uncured) cannabis plants. CBDA is usually consumed by simply eating or drinking cannabis. As unappetizing as this sounds, consuming CBDA has proven to be antibacterial, treat arthritis, and inhibit cancer cell growth.
5. Cannabigerol (CBG):
A minor, non-psychoactive compound found and extracted during the early flowering stage of the plant’s growth cycle. Industrial hemp produces higher levels of CBG than most other strains of cannabis. It serves as an antibiotic, an anti-fungal, an antimicrobial, a mood-stabilizer and a treatment for psoriasis.
6. Cannabinol (CBN):
This mildly-psychoactive compound is basically THC that’s been sitting out for a while, having been exposed to oxygen and heat. It has been shown to stimulate the appetite, block glaucoma, help us sleep, and stimulate bone growth.