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Marijuana’s Top 5 Cannabinoids And What They Do

Cannabinoids are the chemical compounds found in marijuana that interact with cells and provide tons of medicinal benefits. We still haven’t discovered all the cannabinoids that exist, but early research suggests that there are many of them, and that they hold endless possibilities when it comes to the health benefits that they offer. 

Here are our 5 favorite cannabinoids and how each helps you:


If there’s one cannabinoid that we know intimately, it’s THC. The popular chemical is an abbreviation for Delta(9)-tetrahydrocannabinol and it’s the primary psychoactive compound found in marijuana, being responsible for that “high” feeling that most of cannabis users love. THC also provides a lot of medical benefits for treating diseases like Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, chronic pain, PTSD, Crohn’s Disease and many others.


The second most famous cannabinoid is Cannabidiol, responsible for providing much more medical benefits than THC without any of the psychoactive effects. Since this is the case, CBD is legal in more states and countries than THC. Cannabidiol is known for treating the symptoms of patients with epilepsy, cancer, depression, anxiety, diabetes, chronic pain, and some psychotic disorders.


Cannabichromene is not as popular as the previous cannabinoids, but it’s still pretty relevant. CBC is another cannabinoid that’s not psychoactive and that offers a lot of medicinal benefits, like anti-inflammatory properties that work really well when paired with THC, making some people believe that cannabinoids work best when paired together, boosting each other up. Other medical benefits include some anti-tumor, anti-fungal and anti-depressant properties, while also promoting the growth of brain cells. 


This cannabinoid is originally THC that becomes Cannabinol once the dried plant goes a little stale. This compound has a few useful medicinal uses like, increasing the appetite, acting as an antibiotic, as a pain reliever, and as medicine for ALS patients.


Also known as Cannabigerol, this compound is hard to find since it only manifests in the early growth cycle of the plant. It is also non-psychoactive and has a lot of medical benefits that include, antibiotic properties, studies that suggest it can treat psoriasis, relieving pain, and acting as an anti-depressant.


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