THC and CBD are popular cannabinoids that many people know about. But did you know that there are over 100 different natural cannabinoids present in the hemp plant? These other cannabinoids are considered to be “minor cannabinoids” because they’re present in much smaller quantities than THC and CBD.
Despite being less prevalent, these cannabinoids still have unique effects of their own. Here’s some helpful information about a few of the minor cannabinoids that are gaining popularity: HHC, CBN, CBG, and Delta-8!
Discovered in the 1940s, HHC has been known to science for quite a while, but it wasn’t until recently that you could purchase products made with this cannabinoid. HHC is similar in its molecular structure to THC. While there’s not much research on HHC yet, some people consider it to be one of the more potent minor cannabinoids (stronger than Delta-8 or CBN).
People report that the effects are generally pretty similar to THC, without the really potent psychoactive symptoms. You might notice that you have an energy boost, feel like you’re in a much better mood, or even feel like you have less pain, although the effects can be different for everyone.
CBN is another derivative of THC and is often used to help with restful sleep. When THC ages, it begins to break down and form CBN. It’s a very watered-down version of THC, which means that it may have mild psychoactive effects but is less potent than THC. Since it comes from the hemp plant and contains less than 0.3% THC, CBN is legal to purchase.
Commonly-reported effects of CBN include stress relief and relaxation. CBN may also have an impact on mood and inflammation.
CBG comes from the earliest stages of the hemp plant. You might also hear this called the “mother of all cannabinoids” because it is the first cannabinoid that is produced when a new cannabis plant begins to grow. All the other cannabinoids are biosynthesized from it.
CBG effects are similar to CBD in most users. You might feel calmer and more relaxed, which may impact your mood, sleep, and even appetite. CBG is not reported to have any psychoactive effects.
This cannabinoid is similar to THC, but is not the same. Delta-8 effects may include psychoactive symptoms. Like the other cannabinoids we’ve mentioned, Delta-8 is derived from the hemp plant, which is why it’s legal in most places where other non-THC cannabinoids are available.
Delta-8 effects are similar to THC with minor psychoactive effects. A mood boost, relief from negative side effects, and a sense of euphoria may occur when you use Delta-8.