If you’re reading this article, you’ve almost certainly heard of the cannabinoid known as CBD, or cannabidiol. Though this friendly little chemical compound is technically derived from the cannabis plant , it doesn’t get you “high” and therefore isn’t subject to the same federal regulations as its psychoactive cousin, THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). And because many people find it helps them with sleep, relaxation and more, the market for CBD-infused products – like Wana Wellness gummies and fast-acting tinctures – is booming.

But you might also be starting to see some new acronyms pop up in news articles, advertisements, or on the labels of your favorite infused products – probably most commonly, CBN, CBG, and THCV. These letters refer to just a few of the 100+ “rare” or “minor” cannabinoids that occur within the cannabis plant. And though they’re less abundant (and less understood) than the heavy-hitters, CBD and THC, they’re rapidly making their mark on the industry. But what do they actually do?

 Team Work Makes the Dream Work

For example, the most effective CBD supplements (like Wana Wellness gummies and tinctures) derive their CBD from broad-spectrum hemp oil, which also contains terpenes – the chemical compounds that give all plants their unique taste, smell and effects – and other beneficial plant compounds. All of these components work synergistically to create a more holistic, effective experience than you could ever get from CBD alone.

So it makes sense that scientists and consumers alike would take an interest in some of the lesser known cannabinoids, which can further enhance this “entourage effect” – and may even provide new benefits of their own.   what some of the market’s buzziest rare cannabinoids might be good for.

CBN

CBN, or cannabinol, is considered rare because it’s found primarily in aged or heat-exposed cannabis. The jury’s out on whether even large amounts of this cannabinoid can be considered psychoactive – but on its own, and in the low doses found in commercial cannabis products, CBN isn’t likely to get you high. Chances are good you may have seen CBN advertised as part of a CBD or THC-infused sleep formulation. While there isn’t much scientific evidence to suggest that CBN aids with sleep per se, there are indications that it has anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety, and pain-relieving properties.  So, if pain or stress are the main barriers between you and a good night’s rest, CBN just might just be the rare cannabinoid you didn’t know you needed!

CBG

While pure CBG is especially rare – and therefore presents some cost barriers to many companies looking to add it to their lineups – research into its benefits has yielded some pretty exciting results. It won’t get you high, but it does appear to have significant anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial  effects. Some scientists are hopeful it can even aid with cancer treatment!

THCV

THCV, or tetrahydrocannabivarin, may be only one letter removed from THC, but it doesn’t produce a high. Sometimes referred to as the “skinny cannabinoid,” THCV may in fact aid with weight loss. But it’s got nothing in common with calorie-burning, jitter-inducing diet pills. Rather, THCV seems to stimulate your CB1 cannabinoid receptors in a way that naturally curbs cravings. Research also suggests it can relieve anxiety, sharpen focus, and help you feel more in tune with your body, which may further aid in making mindful choices about what you eat.

So What Does All This Mean for You?

Plenty is still unclear about the future of minor cannabinoids – including exactly how they should be regulated. But when deciding whether a CBN, CBG, or THCV product is right for you, a good rule of thumb is to look at the whole picture. Are the cannabinoids derived from broad-spectrum hemp oil rather than isolate? Are they working in tandem with other compounds and functional ingredients (such as melatonin for sleep, or L-theanine for relaxation)? And does the research actually suggest that these rare cannabinoids can do what the label claims they will?

At the moment, hemp-derived CBD is still the only cannabinoid found in Wana Wellness products. But as the research advances, the potential for new, rare cannabinoid-infused formulations is certainly growing. One thing’s for certain: you can always be sure that Wana Wellness products will remain potent, lab-tested, and grounded in the very best data science can offer.