Why do you consume cannabis? Some like an energetic high while others prefer a dreamy sedative state of euphoria. Others take it for pain, nausea or other medical needs. In addition to THC and CBD, hemp and cannabis contain dozens of other cannabinoids that can aid everything from appetite suppression and weight loss to fighting insomnia or inflammation. Here we’ll explain the unique benefits of THCV, CBN, CBG, where to buy them and how to take them.
THCV for Energy and Weight Loss
Cannabis and weight loss don’t usually roll off the tongue together. However, there is one compound in the plant that acts as a stimulant, by increasing energy while decreasing hunger. This amazing cannabinoid is THCV (tetrahydrocannabivarin).
So, how does THCV work? Unlike THC, which turns on the CB1 receptor, causing the release of hunger hormones, THCV turns off the CB1 receptor, suppressing appetite.
This scientific study found that THCV works in a similar way to pharmaceutical anti-obesity drugs with far less risk of side effects. Research shows THCV also alters brain connections to help control food intake, holds promise in the treatment of diabetes and appears to reduce addictive behaviors.
If THCV is akin to a wonder drug for weight loss, why isn’t it sold everywhere? Until very recently, it was extremely hard to find. THCV primarily existed in African landrace sativas that locals used to increase stamina and stave off hunger. However, these plants grew in war-ravaged, mosquito-filled waterways along the Congo River. In fact, famous strain hunter and breeder Francisco Loja lost his life to the search, dying from malaria in 2017.
Thankfully, in the few years since his passing, breeding and technology have advanced dramatically. In the summer of 2020, Rare Cannabinoid Company was the first to launch a purified THCV oil and a 1:1 THCV:CBD blend (containing full spectrum CBD from premium Hawaiian hemp). It is still the only brand offering high-potency THCV products for sale. Cannabis flower strains such as Durban Poison, Doug’s Varin and Pineapple Purps contain THCV but in much lower quantities than Rare Cannabinoid Company’s tinctures. Also, the THC in them will overwhelm the weight-loss effects of the THCV. A recent study found that by adding CBD to THCV, it can sometimes counter the munchies-promoting effects of THC.
For weight loss, we’d therefore recommend a pure THCV oil or, if you consume THC regularly, we’d recommend a THCV with CBD oil. For a happy, energetic high you could also combine THCV with THC or delta-8-THC. Buy THCV here.
CBN for Sleep
If you have a hard time falling asleep or are fighting insomnia, CBN (cannabinol) may be able to help. This rare cannabinoid is formed when THC degrades due to age or heat. It’s warm, cozy, sleepy feel has been compared to Diazepam (brand name Valium) by cannabis testing laboratory Steep Hill. The company refers to CBN on its website as “more strongly sedative than other known cannabinoids.”
Like THCV, CBN is only intoxicating at high levels. It may therefore offer a restful night’s sleep without the grogginess or hung-over feeling that pharmaceutical sedatives or even melatonin can produce in some instances.
CBN’s drowsy effects come from the way it binds with the CB1 receptor. CBD may also offer anti-anxiety properties but in a different way as CBD affects the serotonin, dopamine and opioid receptors. A combination of CBN with CBD could even further promote relaxation and sleep than by taking either one alone.
Other scientific research has found that THC, delta-8-THC or specific terpenes (such as linalool, myrcene and terpinolene) can amplify the sedating effects of CBN.
As part of its apothecary range, Rare Cannabinoid Company offers a 500mg purified CBN oil as well as a 1:1 CBN:CBD blend with full spectrum Maui-grown CBD. Find CBN oil for sale here.
CBG for pain and inflammation
CBG (cannabigerol) is an important cannabinoid for anyone who uses cannabis for pain or other medical reasons. Scientists have found that CBG reduces inflammation and oxidative stress. This is extremely important as those two problems can lead to many of the most-prevalent diseases of our time, including cancers and neurodegenerative diseases.
Chronic inflammation can also cause a great amount of pain. Arthritis sufferers in particular have reported success using CBG oil and CBG:CBD blends directly on their skin or by ingesting them.
Meanwhile, cannabis information website Leafly recently published an article entitled: “Is CBG better than CBD and THC for Pain, Inflammation and Aging?” which looks closely at the unique benefits of this rare cannabinoid.
Despite cannabis’ long history of illegality, there is a surprising amount of research on CBG. If you’re curious if CBG has ever been studied for your particular problem, The National Center for Biotechnology Information and other reputable research centers have numerous published studies on CBG and specific diseases. The topics include CBG and bladder dysfunction, breast cancer, colorectal cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, Huntington’s disease, inflammatory bowel disease (IBS), melanoma, multiple sclerosis (MS), neuroinflammation, Parkinson’s disease, as well as CBG’s potential anti-bacterial, antioxidant and analgesic (pain killing) properties.
CBG can be taken on its own with Rare Cannabinoid Company’s 500mg CBG oil tincture, as a 1:1 CBG:CBD full spectrum blend or combined with your favorite full or broad spectrum THC or CBD products. Take a look at CBG oil for sale here.
Disclaimer: Please be aware that per FDA regulations neither High Times nor any brand mentioned in this article are in any way alleging that CBG or any cannabinoid can prevent, mitigate, treat or cure any illness or disease. One should always discuss any supplements they consider taking with their physician or specialist before taking them.
Cannabis’ New Frontier
THCV, CBN and CBG are just three of the dozens of cannabinoids found in cannabis and other plants. More and more cannabinoids as well as terpenes are being researched and becoming available to the public all the time.
Rare Cannabinoid Company was an early-adapter to this new world of rare or minor cannabinoids. Instead of sticking to full or broad spectrum CBD or THC products, the founders of the company (who already owned Hawaii’s most-recognizable CBD brand, Hawaiian Choice) decided to go in a new direction.
They realized that many people wanted to fine-tune and customize their cannabinoid intake. The Hawaiian brand was designed to be a modern version of an apothecary where people could mix and match products according to their needs. For example, one might want to take THCV in the morning for energy and appetite control, a CBG:CBD blend for aches after exercise and CBN with delta-8-THC for a dreamy sleep.
Delta-8-THC, CBDA, CBC, CBDV and more!
In addition to THCV, CBN and CBG, Rare Cannabinoid Company sells delta-8-THC, CBDA (believed to be good for nausea and inflammation), CBC (which boosts the brain’s bliss chemical anandamide and may lift one’s mood), Rare Hawaiian CBD (a premium full spectrum CBD grown on the island of Maui), extra high strength 3000mg CBD, and 1 to 1 blends of rare cannabinoids with CBD. The Hawaiian company will soon offer CBDV (which is being studied for epilepsy, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), Rett syndrome, Duchenne muscular dystrophy and nausea) and unique terpene blends to enhance specific effects of one’s chosen cannabinoids. Learn more and shop for Rare Cannabinoid Company oils here.
All products are easy to mix and match as the milligrams of each cannabinoid are clearly displayed along with simple directions and spray caps for easy dosing. They are made in a cGMP facility and third-party lab test reports can be found online and via the packages’ QR codes.
Rare Cannabinoid Company products are sold in more than 200 stores nationwide. With free U.S. shipping on orders over $49 and 15% off auto subscriptions, it’s never been easier to try these exotic rare cannabinoids for yourself.