A brief guide to cannabinoids and CBD oils (for UK CBD oil consumers)

CBD products such as oil tinctures aren’t made only from cannabidiol, though the name can be misleading. Cannabinoids, such as CBD and THC, are commonly known (you can find plenty of guides about them). However, the specifics of many broad and full-spectrum CBD oil products are often more complicated. In other words, there’s more to CBD oils than CBD.

The new broad-spectrum products use much more of the hemp plant than previous versions. An ingredient list on a great CBD product will tell you that CBD oil contains a huge variety of cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids.

We don’t want to throw too many crazy terms at you, so we’ll just tell you what you need to know and how it’s relevant to your buying decisions as a CBD oil user. This guide was published with the help of  CBD oil resource Hypothesis Journal.

What is the entourage effect?

The main reason to understand how a mix of terpenes, cannabinoids, and other compounds can affect CBD oil products has to do with what’s called the “entourage effect.” It was proposed as a way of understanding how the hemp’s natural scents, oils, and flavours work better together than they do apart.

Synergy is the basis for CBD oil products that use a full spectrum of oils and flavours to create a compound system of flavours and effects. The extraction process for CBD products should include several dozen cannabinoids to improve its spectrum of benefits.

Cannabidiol or CBD is the most common compound in CBD oil products by far, but there are many more that factor into broad-spectrum e-liquid, oil, topical, and gummy products. We’ve created a set of descriptions for the four other most common cannabinoid compounds that feature in broad-spectrum products, particularly those manufactured and sold through Blessed CBD.

Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV)

Tetrahydrocannabivarin is also called THCV and is similar in structure to THC. They share a similar chemical lineage and look pretty much the same, but their carbon chain is different. What does this mean?

A slightly different structure can have a lasting impact on the effects of the cannabinoids in the final CBD oil product. In CBD products, the cannabinoids interact with the human body’s natural endocannabinoid system to produce the desired physiological effects. THCV doesn’t work like this. Unlike CBD and THC, THCV muffles the cannabinoids’ natural effects. This moderation makes it an essential compound for broad-spectrum CBD oil products because in the right amounts, it can be used as a regulator to fine-tune the effects.

Cannabichromene (CBC)

CBC is a cannabinoid that is actually the source of CBD and THC in the hemp plant and is a major player in how the compounds interact. It is commonly known among manufacturers as number 3 on the list of cannabinoids, but it doesn’t combine and impact the human body in the same way as the others.

The endocannabinoid system doesn’t interact with CBC, but other receptors such as TRPA1 and TRPV1 interact with it much better. These are known as “transient receptor potential” channels. We don’t want to crowd you with the terminology, so we’ll just tell you what you need to know. This is the system that helps the body adapt to temperature and has encouraged a lot of continuing research in cannabinoids and their various effects.

Cannabigerol (CBG)

Cannabinoids are synthesized from other compounds known as parent molecules. One of these molecules is called cannabigerol or CBG. This compound is non-psychotropic, meaning that it doesn’t cause a “high” or interact with the body’s motor skills.

It’s a minor compound in finished CBD products, however, it’s a major player in continuing CBD research because it shares so much in common with the main cannabinoids.

Cannabinol (CBN)

Don’t get this confused with cannabidiol or CBD. CBN is actually a byproduct of the synthesization process of CBD products. It’s derived naturally from THC when it’s exposed to air and begins degrading. Unlike THC, CBN isn’t as psychotropic, meaning it doesn’t give as much of a high.

Cannabinol is often a byproduct contained in hemp that has been stored for a while. Baled hemp often has a higher concentration of naturally-occurring CBN.

This doesn’t exclude the possibility of cannabinol presenting itself in well-kept hemp, however. Oxidization can occur anyway, which converts some of the THC content to CBN. Low quantities are present in most samples of CBD oil, regardless of when the hemp was harvested.

Blessed CBD and other reputable manufacturers take advantage of full-spectrum cannabinoid mixtures to get the maximum benefits of CBD compounds without any of the adverse effects associated with THC and other psychotropic cannabinoids.

You can buy CBD oil, CBD gummies, CBD capsules and CBD cream on their website.

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More info on CBD

Cannabinoids and their broad spectrum of benefits are well-known but more research is required. The research will focus on the cannabinoids listed here and how they impact not only your endocannabinoid system but the purity and effectiveness of the products. Nutra CBD, a CBD oil company from the Netherlands has invested in research and development in learning more about the use of cannabinoids in our body.

A basic introduction could be useful for potential customers to help them determine whether they could use CBD oils, e-liquids, or cosmetic products and which brand is most reputable. If you have any more questions, seek out our contact page where a Blessed CBD representative can help you find the right product for your needs.