WHAT ARE MINOR CANNABINOIDS?

The term “Minor”
With all of the recent developments in the marketplace for cannabis based products, and with all the advancements in cannabis, scientists have been able to extract more from cannabis which has led to the rise of minor cannabinoids and products derived from minor cannabinoids. As cannabis enthusiasts ourselves, we explored the world of minor cannabinoids to learn more about them, who they are, how they are different from the rest, how many of them are out there, do they provide any benefits, and what their effects are. 

Something to keep in mind, THC and CBD are the most commonly known cannabinoids, and while minor cannabinoids likes CBN, CBC, and CBG are rising through the ranks, just because the term “minor” is being used for these cannabinoids, doesn’t mean that they are any less in benefits, profile or characteristics. Predictions are showing that minor cannabinoids are going to have more of an impact on the wellness industry so the study as to whether they are beneficial and how they work within our endocannabinoid system is the topic of conversations. Let’s take a dive into the role of minor cannabinoids and their overview. 


What Is A Minor Cannabinoid?
Cannabinoids are naturally occurring compounds found in the cannabis plant. What really makes them considered minor is that they are found in such low quantities in cannabis. But in fact, minor cannabinoids have very similar THC and CBD  side effects. Studies have shown that HHC, THC-O, Delta 8 THC, and Delta 10 THC share side effects with Delta 9 THC and CBD where users experience euphoria, reduction in anxiety, and also pain relief from swelling in the joints, or muscle aches and spasms. 

We’ll start at the beginning. Known as the mother of cannabinoids, CBG-A has been studied since before the coming of THC and CBD. First historically found, CBG-A was the first compound in cannabis and studied, which is where all other cannabinoids are derived from. The profile of the compound for CBG-A is acidic and is broken down into different compounds by heat. Since CBG-A is the basis of all compounds, minor cannabinoids still offer great avenues to explore for pain treatment, relaxation, discomfort, and other medicinal uses.  

Being the main source of all of the cannabinoid compounds we know, and those minor cannabinoids coming to light, all minor cannabinoids have their specific roles they play within the endocannabinoid system in the human body. Delta 8 THC binds to the human endocannabinoid system in different many of the same neurological receptors to reduce anxiety and at the same time provides psychoactive effects. THC-O also bonds to the human endocannabinoid system the same way THC and CBD does, but also binds to specific neurological endocannabinoid receptors that relieve pain, anxiety, and reduces swelling while producing euphoria, but it can also trigger hallucinations. 

 

The Cannabinoid Chart
With the ever increasing list of minor cannabinoids to explore, we also gain more knowledge into our own endocannabinoid system and how they trigger our receptors. The two main receptors affected by cannabinoids are CB1 and CB2 receptors. CB1 being found in the central nervous system, the brain, lungs, live, and kidneys, and CB2 receptors found mostly in the immune and gastrointestinal system, are activated by cannabis consumption. Remember, each minor cannabinoid carries different effects, but they all trigger CB1 and CB2 receptors.

The minor cannabinoid list keeps getting bigger and bigger. We’ve covered many of the minor cannabinoids in previous blogs, from THC-O, HHC, Delta 8 THC, and Delta 10 THC, but there are many more minor cannabinoids that should be on your watchlist as well. CBN, CBG, THCV, THC-A, and CBC are minor cannabinoids that are gaining more popularity with the cannabis culture for both recreational and medicinal use. Each cannabinoid has its own specific role within the human endocannabinoid system where the cannabinoids and enzymes are broken down by the human body to release different variants of effects. There has never been a better time to explore the world of minor cannabinoids like now. 


The Function of Cannabinoid Receptors
The best way to understand how these minor cannabinoids work is by understanding how they work with our endocannabinoid system and cannabinoid receptors. Defining what an endocannabinoid is, endocannabinoids are molecules that revert signals to one another to stabilize different areas in our body which define our mood, memory, stress levels, anxiety, immune system, and other peripherals. Think of it this way, it’s the control system for the human body. Products based on minor cannabinoids can trigger different receptors in both the brain and body so that there are both similar and different side effects for each. 


It’s the process of mixing chemicals to create a stable one, that’s how cannabis and minor cannabinoids work with our human endocannabinoid system. Each minor cannabinoid attaches itself to our cannabinoid receptors, carrying the chemical into the body on the surface of cells, but some each minor cannabinoid gives a different amount of chemical concentration per each cannabinoid receptor which is why all minor cannabinoid share the same features as THC and CBD, but with different variants in effects. 


Which Minor Cannabinoid Is Stronger?
The main way cannabinoids are distinguished is how they bind to our endocannabinoid receptors, as well as their level of psychoactivity. THC-O is one such compound that is broken down by enzymes in the human body, and attaches to other receptors in the brain, which can lead to hallucinations if consumed in high amounts. 

HHC falls more along the side of a hybrid experience, THC-O is more along the lines of a sativa experience, and Delta 8 THC gives more of an indica experience, all while still providing a great amount of pain relief with a lower dosage of psychoactivity, but it doesn’t make them more minor than THC or CBD. HHC still provides the same pain relief as CBD, and also provides the same psychoactive traits as THC. The spectrum of which minor cannabinoid is stronger varies based on dosage, and consumption method. A low dose of THC-O doesn’t enable hallucinations, in fact users have reported a more sativa like experience. Delta 8 has been reported to have a more indica experience, perfect for relaxation. So each cannabinoid has its own level of strength, but what defines them on the spectrum is the dosage that is being consumed. 


User Experience
The time to explore the world of minor cannabinoids is now. With so many products to choose from, the opportunity to have many different forms of amazing cannabis experiences is at your disposal. Remember that each minor cannabinoid carries different properties but they are all derived from the same plant that offers many benefits. 


Our specialty has always been providing the cannabis culture with top of the line products at wholesale prices, however, we never forget about the user experience. What we pride ourselves in here at WHS is in depth research and analysis on how the effects of each product will impact user experience. As industry leaders and experts on cannabis and minor cannabinoids, the chemists at Wholesale Hemp Suppliers are here to answer any questions you may have about each minor cannabinoid. Feel free to reach out to the chemists at info@wholesalehempsuppliers.com

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