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What Makes Cannabidiol Unique from Other Cannabinoids?

By Seth B June 30, 2016 0 comments

If you've done some research on cannabidiol (CBD), you may start to wonder why CBD has become the star molecule of daily supplement products, instead of one of the other cannabinoids that exist. After all, the hemp plant produces over 450 different compounds, including at least 100 types of cannabinoids. So why would CBD become the sole cannabinoid to be featured in balms, tinctures, and even cookies?


It's a valid question to ask and the research shows that CBD has numerous features that set it apart from other cannabinoids. First, CBD is the most common cannabinoid in most hemp resins and oils making up as much as 40% of these extracts. CBD's prominence as a feature of hemp extracts has even increased in recent years, as hemp growers have begun to selectively breed plants with larger CBD levels. In contrast, marijuana plants are often bred to have high tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) levels, and low CBD levels.

The second important feature of CBD is that it is not psychoactive. We've covered this key fact in other blog posts, but it is important to reiterate. THC, on the other hand, is the main psychoactive compound in marijuana, and there are several other cannabinoids that can affect a person's cognitions and behavior, such as cannabinol and tetrahydrocanabivarin. For many people, a non-psychoactive compound like CBD is preferable as a regular supplement, as it would allow them to go about their day without feeling high or impaired.

The third distinguishing factor for CBD is that research evidence suggests that it holds the most therapeutic promise of the various cannabinoids. CBD has a that affects the body's endocannabinoid system, serotonin receptors, and calcium levels, to name just a few of its impacts. Most other non-psychoactive cannabinoids, like cannabigerol or cannabichromene, have single mechanisms of action, and therefore have less of a potential to influence the body compared to CBD. For example, cannabichromene has been found to have analgesic effects in rats, and cannabigerol may relieve inflammation. However, CBD has been found to have both of these properties in animal studies. Essentially, CBD is capable of doing all of the things that other non-psychoactive cannabinoids do, but does them better.

CBD is in a class of its own when it comes to cannabinoids. It can be bred as a main component of hemp extracts, it is non-psychoactive, and it has a comprehensive set of actions that show potential to promote well-being. These factors have caused CBD to be included in a variety of products for daily living, like e-juices, and even dog treats. As you continue learning about CBD, you will certainly find that it is a unique supplement, and one that is likely to fit your lifestyle.

Do you have a question or comment about CBD? Let us know, and we will respond right away. In the meantime, sign up for our newsletters and visit our website regularly for the latest updates on research, legislation, and other news impacting you and cannabidiol.

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