Minor Cannabinoid Research Roundup


<![CDATA[There’s no argument that the cannabis market currently is dominated by delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ9-THC), the intoxicating cannabinoid prized for its medical and recreational effects. Cannabidiol (CBD) is another major cannabinoid found in drug cannabis and hemp varieties that catapulted the cannabis plant into the mainstream (thanks to CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s expose on Charlotte Figi, a child with intractable epilepsy who found the semblance of a normal life by using CBD).That said, these are by no means the only valuable compounds found in the cannabis plant, nor are they the only ones that cannabis consumers are interested in purchasing.According to a survey conducted by Brightfield Group, the vast majority of U.S. cannabis consumers would be “likely” to purchase cannabis products that heavily featured minor cannabinoids like cannabichromene (CBC), cannabinol (CBN) and cannabigerol (CBG), among others. In fact, the majority of survey participants (~3,500 respondents) said they would be “very likely” to purchase products based on all of these minor cannabinoids.Researchers are beginning to take a closer look at those and other minor cannabinoids in the hopes of finding the next great medical discovery. Here’s a glimpse into what they found in 2020.Cannabinol (CBN) CBN is an up-and-coming cannabinoid in terms of marketability, with a handful of companies already vying to sell CBN supplements to consumers, often marketed as sleep aids. This reputation stems in part from how CBN is formed through the degradation of THC and the belief that “old” cannabis is more sleep-inducing than fresher samples. However, little research actually has been done to confirm the molecule’s sedative effect. In fact, in an interview with Leafly, Dr. Ethan Russo, Director of Research and Development at the International Cannabis and Cannabinoids Institute, suggested that the higher presence of sesquiterpenoids and loss of monoterpenoids are what give older, CBN-rich cannabis its drowsy effect.Of…

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