Beyond CBD: Find the Cannabinoids that Work Best for You

Posted by Ali Amoroso on Dec 2nd 2020

Beyond CBD: Find the Cannabinoids that Work Best for You

When we talk about cannabis’ effects and health benefits, we generally focus our attention on two main cannabinoids, the chemical compounds released by cannabis flowers. One is the mind-altering THC and the other is its non-psychoactive cousin, CBD.

But there’s so much more to the world of cannabinoids. Why limit yourself to a duet when you can savor a full-blown orchestra?!

Scientists have already identified at least 85 different cannabinoids present in the cannabis plant. Many of them have been shown to provide significant — and non-psychoactive — health benefits. While they typically provide relief on their own, these cannabinoids are often most effective when taken in conjunction with one another.

All cannabinoids work their magic by bonding to a system of receptors in our bodies known collectively as the endocannabinoid system. We all have an endocannabinoid system, even if we don’t consume cannabis. Research shows that our bodies use this system to regulate our mood, sleep, appetite, etc. Cannabinoid receptors sit on the surface of our cells, and when we consume cannabinoids, they are triggered to act. Thus turbocharging our endocannabinoid system and, in turn, impacting our bodies.

At High Road Edibles, we believe in embracing the latest cannabis research and the wide range of cannabinoids available to give our customers the most effective products possible. Read on to learn more about the various cannabinoids we use in our products and which ones may be best for you!

CBD

The big kahuna of non-psychoactive cannabinoids, cannabidiol (known commonly as CBD), is a major element in all of our products:

Our gummies (Calm, Renew and Slumber) each contain 10mg of CBD, and all of our mints (Restore, Realign and Slumber) each contain 5mg.

CBD is fully legal thanks to the 2018 U.S. Farm Bill. And CBD can be purchased in a wide range of formats beyond gummies and edibles: smokable flower, tinctures, trans-dermal patches, beverages and more.

CBD is the most commonly used cannabinoid. According to a recent study, one in three Americans has already tried it! CBD has become a bit of a catch-all for non-psychoactive cannabinoids. Its health benefits are myriad: It can alleviate anxiety, help you find quality sleep, reduce inflammation in joints and muscles, and protect the health of your brain by stimulating the growth of new neurons, just to name a few.

There are three different types of CBD:

  • First, the molecules can be isolated and sold in products that don’t contain any cannabinoids besides CBD; these are pure CBD.
  • Alternately, CBD can be extracted from a plant along with other cannabinoids. If it is extracted with all of the other cannabinoids present, including trace amounts of naturally occurring THC, it is referred to as full spectrum CBD. (CBD products can legally contain up to 0.3% THC.)
  • If CBD is extracted with other cannabinoids except for THC, it is called broad spectrum CBD.

At High Road, we use broad spectrum CBD in our gummies and CBD isolate in our mints because we prefer to offer our customers variety. That way you can choose what best fits your needs.

CBG

Even though it makes up less than one percent of most cannabis plants' total cannabinoids, cannabigerol, also known as CBG, packs one heck of a punch! Since it occurs naturally in such small quantities, it takes quite a lot of plant material to produce a substantial amount of CBG… Hence its reputation as the “Rolls Royce of cannabinoids.”

Despite the challenges involved in extracting CBG, we include 0.5mg of it in both our Calm and Renew gummies because its benefits are so wide-ranging and remarkable:

  • CBG has proven to be an effective tool for curbing the psychoactive effects of THC. In other words, if you accidentally get too high, it’ll help bring you back down to earth.
  • CBG has been shown to reduce pressure in the eyes, making it well-suited to alleviate the symptoms of glaucoma.
  • In studies conducted on mice, CBG was shown to reduce inflammation associated with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). In a separate study, it blocked cancer cells from growing in mice as well!

All of these promising effects have led to a “surge” in customer demand for CBG, and cannabis cultivators are currently hustling to develop strains with higher percentages of this highly sought cannabinoid.

CBN

Like CBG, the cannabinoid known as cannabinol (CBN) occurs quite rarely in the cannabis plant. It is similarly responsible for less than one percent of a plant’s total cannabinoids. Interestingly, it is actually a byproduct of THC molecules: it’s created when those molecules are exposed to light and heat. Thus, you are more likely to find CBN in older cannabis plants or plants that have been left in the sun.

While research on CBN has been quite limited so far, the cannabinoid has nonetheless been shown to boast an impressive range of effects, and we include 0.5mg of it in our Slumber gummies.

  • CBN has been shown to reduce inflammation and work as an anticonvulsant, reducing seizures in epilepsy patients.
  • When consumed in conjunction with CBD, CBN can be an effective pain reliever.
  • CBN also shows promise as a sleep aid and sedative. A 2017 study concluded that a 2.5 - 5mg dose of CBN was just as effective as a 5 - 10mg dose of the pharmaceutical diazepam.
  • When consumed in conjunction with THC, CBN can enhance THC’s relaxing, body-soothing “couch lock” effect.

Oh, There are More Cannabinoids!

While we focus our products on the cannabinoids described above, others haven shown promise as effective healers:

  • Cannabichromene (CBC) isn’t very powerful on its own because there aren’t any endocannabinoid receptors suited to using it in our bodies. But when it’s combined with CBD or THC, it has been shown to be effective for reducing inflammation, symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and Crohn’s disease.
  • Cannabidivarin (CBDV) is closely related to CBD and is likewise non-psychoactive. It has been shown to significantly reduce seizures in epilepsy patients. And big industry player GW Pharmaceuticals has been closely researching the cannabinoid for use in a CBDV-centric medicine.

Time to Try ‘Em Out!

With all of this cannabinoid 411 under your belt, it’s time to go out and find the products that suit your needs.

Which High Road Edibles products work best for you? Let us know; we’d love to hear from you!

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