You have probably heard about THC and CBD by now, the two most well-known cannabinoids in the cannabis plant. CBD has even become so common you can find it in pretty much every country in regular shops being sold as CBD oil or a different product.
These two compounds are just a glimpse of the whole spectrum of compounds available in cannabis.
In this latest iteration of Suzy’s Cannabis World Blog, we go into the various (groups of) compounds and help you decide which cannabis seeds to buy based on their cannabinoids and terpenes content.
Cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids
Like we said before, the most well-known cannabinoids are THC and CBD. THC is the main psychoactive compound, while CBD is most known for its medicinal properties. But there are actually 113 different cannabinoids isolated from cannabis.
Of course, we can’t go into detail with all of them, but we would like to introduce you to at least a few new ones that you should know about: THCV, CBN, and CBG.
While THC will make you hungry, THCV can be useful as well. THCV is most commonly known for its ability to suppress hunger. But it’s also a known anticonvulsant, which is helpful for epilepsy patients. THCV is also a neuroprotectant, which could potentially prevent or slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. And preliminary research also suggests THCV helps bone growth.
CBN, or Cannabinol
CBN, or cannabinol, is most commonly known for its aid with sleep and thus also with insomnia. But CBN also works for pain relief, as an antibiotic, to stimulate your appetite, is anti-inflammatory and as a compound helpful in fighting cancer. It was found by Ralph Mechoulam, who also found THC, back in 1975.
CBG or Cannabigerol
CBG, or cannabigerol, was found even earlier in 1965. While there has been no clinical study done yet on humans, CBG is known to be building block for other cannabinoids and normally turns into THC and CBD.
Luckily, all of these cannabinoids are already in your cannabis. While the amounts may vary, it is common knowledge that to really exploit the full medicinal properties of the cannabis plant, it’s highly recommended to use full-spectrum cannabis oil. This basically means you use the whole plant to make oil and it will contain all of the cannabinoids which work together for an ‘entourage’ effect. You can, however, also get your CBD oil separately if that is what you’re after.
Terpenes are known to be the compounds expressing the smell and taste of cannabis, while also having their medicinal properties. Terpenes are also found outside of cannabis however: they’re also what gives fruit and vegetables their smell and taste.
In cannabis, the most common terpenes are Myrcene, Pinene, Caryophyllene, Limonene, and Terpinolene. These terpenes give the herbal, piney, peppery, citrus, and fruity flavors.
And finally flavonoids. A flavonoid is a group of various compounds that are helpful thanks to their anti-inflammatory, antiallergic, antibiotic, antioxidant, and antidiarrheal properties.
Flavonoids can be found in the leaves of the plant, but not in the seeds or roots. So to receive the benefits, you will want full-spectrum cannabis oil.
Strain-specific full-spectrum cannabis oil
Amnesia Haze contains on average 16-20% THC with CBD, CBG, and THCV levels all under 1%. The most common terpenes are Myrcene, Caryophyllene, and Limonene (from high to low).
Bubble Gum on average contains 14-18% THC and less than 1% CBD. The most common terpene is Myrcene, but also Pinene and Caryophyllene are in there.
Cheese on average has 14-18% THC, less than 1% CBD and will continue the following terpenes: Caryophyllene, Limonene, and Myrcene.
Chocolope has on average 13-18% THC and less than 1% CBD. Chocolope contains mostly Myrcene terpenes, but also Caryophyllene and Limonene.
We have feminized Chocolope seeds available.
Lemon Haze on average contains 16-19% THC and less than 1% CBD. The most common terpenes found in Lemon Haze are Terpinolene, Caryophyllene, and Ocimene. Ocimene is not so commonly found, but it’s very important as a 2014 study found it to have highly effective anti-inflammatory effects.
We carry feminized Yellow Lemon Haze seeds in stock.
Northern Lights has been tested on average with 14-19% THC and less than 1% CBD. Furthermore, it contains the terpenes Myrcene, Caryophyllene, and Limonene.
OG Kush has on average 16-20% THC and less than 1% CBD. OG Kush has mostly Myrcene, Limonene, and Caryophyllene.
Check out our feminized OG Kush seeds.
Super Silver Haze
Super Silver Haze is another one of those classics with on average 15-20% THC and less than 1% CBD. Most commonly found in the Myrcene terpene, but also Caryophyllene and Limonene can be found.
We have feminized Super Silver Haze available
White Widow has on average 14-18% THC, has less than 1% CBD and contains the following terpenes (from high to low): Myrcene, Caryophyllene, and Limonene.
We hope to have helped you with your choice. For more questions, you can reach out to us and for good deals, check out our Special Offers.