3 Cannabinoids You Should Know (Besides CBD)

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  – 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

First, we need to understand that CBD or THC alone do not a quality cannabis product make. For example, the most effective CBD supplements (like Wana Wellness gummies) 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. Here’s what some of the market’s buzziest rare cannabinoids might be good for.

CBN Cannabinol Chemical compound


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 Cannabigerol Chemical compound


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 Tetrahydrocannabivarin Chemical Compund


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.

Should you take CBD in the morning or night?

“What is the best time of day to take CBD?” is a question we get often, even from long-time CBD users. Whether you’re trying CBD for the first time or you’re curious about experimenting with different times of day, the next logical question is…

Are there actually different benefits if you take CBD in the morning versus at night?

Before answering that question, it’s important to understand how CBD works in the body.

Cannabidiol, AKA CBD, is a cannabinoid, and like other cannabinoids, it interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system. This little-known system is an essential regulator of many bodily functions like memory formation, appetite, coordination of movement and possibly emotions.

Our bodies use the endocannabinoid system to help maintain homeostasis, which can be thought of as optimal functioning. It’s the ideal equilibrium state.

So, the way that CBD interacts with the body on a biological level is the same no matter what time you take it. But, users can have a different experience with CBD based on what they’re experiencing in their daily life at that time.

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Why take CBD in the morning?

  • For a sense of clarity and calm to start the day
  • To boost creativity or focus
  • To balance the morning coffee jitters
  • Before or after a morning workout, tennis match or hike
  • Before morning meditation or yoga
  • Before a challenging day of being a stay-at-home employee and parent
  • Before a big presentation, public speaking event or a deadline-filled day at work

Why take CBD in the evening?

  • After that one notorious coworker or client sends an end-of-day request… and it’s already after 5 p.m.
  • After an evening workout or long day of hiking
  • To wind down after an overwhelming day
  • To calm a motor mind before bed
  • When their partner’s snoring can’t be drowned out with a pillow

For the nighttime users, it’s not that CBD necessarily triggers a restful state. Or, for the morning users, it’s not that CBD is just the perfect sidekick to their morning cup of coffee (although we’re big fans). But, achieving the desired effect of CBD is more about how CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system and that system helps regulate and balance the body.

Getting to that state of homeostasis, of optimal functioning, is beneficial no matter the time of day. But, when you take CBD in the morning versus the night time, the bodily systems that are out of balance might be different based on what you’re experiencing. So, your experience with CBD may also be different.

One of the best benefits of a broad spectrum hemp oil CBD supplement is that it doesn’t contain THC. Which means there are more options to take CBD at different times of day and explore the benefits without getting “high.”

Thinking about trying CBD for the first time or testing out CBD at a different time of day?

Here are some guidelines.

  1. First, it’s important to have a goal in mind when taking CBD. What are the benefits you’re looking for? And, if you’re changing the time of day, are you looking for different benefits? Keep these goals in mind as you begin taking CBD or change your dosing time. That way you can gauge effectiveness and determine dosage.
  2. Everyone reacts differently to supplements of any kind, and with CBD, it does take some experimentation to find the right dosage. The “right” dosage for you might vary based on the time of day that you’re taking it.
  3. A general rule of thumb when taking hemp products is to start at a lower amount and take the same amount consistently at the same time of day for one week. Then, consider increasing the dosage based on your experience.
  4. Even if you’re a long-time CBD user, if you’re considering changing the time of day or the type of CBD product you’re taking, we recommend going back to this basic rule of thumb and taking a lower amount. Many people start by taking a single Wana Wellness gummie per day.
  5. While we’re advocates of experimenting with CBD at different times of day, consistency is also key. Taking CBD daily – in the morning or evening – is a great way to get the fullest benefits. (And, daily use is pretty easy – and delicious – with Wana Wellness.)

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5 potent natural relaxers (AND why we mixed them with CBD)

Well, to put it lightly, 2020 has been a whirlwind. How do you cope with the series of curveball challenges and the rapid pace to which we’ve all had to adapt?

Meditation, yoga, intense workouts, getting out in nature, walking the dog excessively, binging a Netflix series? Those all seem to be popular go-to’s.

But, there are also natural herbs and compounds that are commonly used to enhance relaxation and help maintain a calm and balanced mind throughout the day.

Here are the top five natural relaxers we think everyone should know about and why we’ve mixed these ingredients with CBD.

#1 – GABA

Gamma-Aminobutyric acid, or GABA, is a neurotransmitter that tells the brain and body to slow down and creates a calm, balanced mood. GABA is naturally produced in the body, but it can also be found in supplements and some foods, like lentils, walnuts and spinach.

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Smiling women in front of wine vineyard

#2 – 5-HTP

It sounds more like a man-made chemical, but 5-HTP is actually an amino acid that is naturally made in the body and used to produce serotonin. Serotonin is known as the “feel-good” hormone. For most, it’s associated with happiness, elevated and stable moods or feelings of well-being. 5-HTP is also a common ingredient in supplements designed to promote relaxation.

#3 – L-Theanine

L-Theanine is an amino acid that’s naturally found in green and black tea. It’s also a common staple in supplements designed for mood-boosting.

#4 – Skullcap

Skullcup is an herb found in North America that’s been used for centuries by Native Americans and herbalists. But, in today’s world, it’s most commonly seen when perusing the ever-growing tea aisle in the grocery store. It’s usually blended with other herbs that are designed to create a sense of calm.

#5 – Rose 

This one might surprise you. In the U.S., we don’t typically think of rose as something you’d consume. Even though roses can be edible and are sometimes found in herbal tea blends, when it comes to relaxation, you might be more familiar with rose in the form of essential oil or rose water. Both the oil and water are often found in bath bombs or skin products.

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These five natural relaxers are sometimes found as stand-alone supplements or they’re blended together.

We blended all five ingredients with CBD in our Relax tincture. Here’s why.

CBD, also known as cannabidiol, is a cannabinoid. Like other cannabinoids, CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system in the body, which is thought to regulate several essential body processes, including memory formation and possibly control of emotion.

We believe in tapping all of nature’s resources to support well-being and enhance our life. So, we did something cool and combined these five ingredients with hemp-derived CBD.

With each serving of our fast-acting Relax tincture, there is 10 milligrams of CBD derived from broad spectrum hemp oil along with 5-HTP and a proprietary blend of GABA, L-theanine, skullcap and rose flower oil.

And, we made the tincture 5x more effective than traditional hemp tinctures.

All Wana Wellness tinctures are 5x more effective than other hemp tinctures on the market, and that’s because of the bioavailability of the CBD. That means there’s a greater ability for the body to absorb the CBD in each serving because of the quality of the product and the way it’s formulated through nanoemulsion technology. Nanoemulsion technology is an advanced way to formulate oil-based compounds, like CBD, and make them more compatible with water so the compounds can enter our bodies more easily.

So, when choosing a CBD product, it’s not always about the CBD milligrams per serving, but more about the bioavailability of those milligrams and whether there are added benefits of other natural compounds or herbs.

Because the Relax tincture acts within 5-15 minutes of taking a serving, many customers reach for Relax when an immediate use is needed. Think about before a high-stakes presentation at work or a particularly challenging day of juggling the roles of stay-at-home parent and work-from-home employee. Relax can be used daily or just when you need it.

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CBD buyer’s guide: How to choose the right CBD Products

With hundreds of CBD products to choose from, how do you find the right CBD product for you? And, how do you make sure it’s high-quality?  

We believe CBD shopping should be easy, and not stressful. But not all CBD products are created equal. Here’s how to evaluate a CBD product, look for red flags and choose the right supplement for your needs.

Is the product lab tested by a third party?

You may want to look for third-party test results that back up the claims made by the brand on potency, consistency, purity and even the amount of CBD and hemp oil stated on the label. 

(Yes, we’ve even seen some companies mislead customers to think their products contain more CBD and hemp oil than they actually do. And, some products have even been tested and didn’t have any CBD whatsoever!) 

Ideally, you’ll see something like “lab tested for quality” on the label and you’ll be able to learn about the brand’s testing on their website. A reputable brand will also give you the ability to search test results for each batch of products using the batch number on the product label. 

That way you know that the hemp has been thoroughly tested for quality in every product and you can verify it with your own purchase. 

Is the hemp sourced from the U.S.?

Fun (and alarming) fact about the hemp plant – it can act like a sponge when absorbing toxins, so organic growing practices are extremely important. 

Hemp grown in the U.S.  is required  to be licensed by a state regulatory agency in alignment with the federal rules to ensure non-toxicity. When hemp is imported from other countries, the hemp isn’t U.S. government-registered. 

We recommend choosing a product that is sourced in the U.S. from organic growers. 

A reputablehemp-derived CBD supplement company will place their sources in plain sight. Check their website, and if the location of their hemp source is nowhere to be found, that’s a red flag. (Wana Wellness products use hemp grown in the U.S.). 

Does it have artificial sweeteners, dyes or mineral oil?

A lot of hemp supplements have added artificial sweeteners or mineral oil, which are actually known to cause stomach upset. Because hemp naturally has a bitter taste and a less than desirable aftertaste, a trustworthy wellness company will likely add natural flavoring to products. They might also use natural coloring from fruit and vegetable juice. 

So, make sure to check product labels. We’ve seen brands tout third-party testing, organically grown hemp and health benefits while still including artificial flavors and artificial dyes like yellow #5 or red #40.  

(And, just in case you were curious, you won’t find artificial sweeteners, artificial dyes or mineral oil in any Wana Wellness hemp-derived CBD products.)  

Should I look for broad spectrum hemp oil, full spectrum hemp oil or CBD isolate?

Hemp contains naturally occurring CBD, and hemp can be extracted in three forms – broad spectrum, full spectrum and CBD isolate. 

Broad spectrum means that the extracted hemp oil contains other beneficial cannabinoids and terpenes in addition to CBD, but it doesn’t contain THC. So, there’s no risk of intoxication or feeling “high.” 

Full spectrum, like broad spectrum, also means that the extracted hemp contains other cannabinoids and terpenes as well as CBD, but full spectrum is not THC-free, and could lead to failing a drug test. 

CBD isolate, also known as “pure CBD,” doesn’t contain any other cannabinoids or terpenes – it’s just CBD – and there’s one big downside with that. 

There’s a theory known as the “entourage effect,” which suggests the effects of CBD can actually be enhanced when consumed with other beneficial compounds from the hemp plant, including other cannabinoids and terpenes. Terpenes are the organic compounds found in hemp that are responsible for the aroma and flavor qualities. You’ll also find terpenes in other plant-derived oils, like essential oils, and they’re known to have their own therapeutic effects.

Although there are high-quality products on the market in all three forms, Wana Wellness products are made with broad spectrum hemp oil for a well-rounded hemp-derived CBD supplement that’s also THC-free*. 

Quick quality check for broad and full spectrum hemp oil supplements

Here’s a little-known quality tip when comparing supplements with broad or full spectrum hemp oil.

Take a look at the milligrams of hemp and the milligrams of CBD listed on the product label. On a high-quality CBD product derived from broad or full spectrum hemp oil, you should see a CBD potency of 80% or greater. For example, in Wana Wellness hemp gummies you’ll see there are 25 milligrams of hemp in each serving and 20 milligrams of naturally occurring CBD, an 80% ratio. If there’s a lower percentage of CBD to hemp, that means the hemp is lower quality.  

How many milligrams should be in a serving? 

Hemp supplements can affect every body differently, so finding the “right” serving size can take some experimentation. Many people start with a 10 to 20-milligram daily serving of CBD and increase as needed based on their experience. 

Hemp Gummies

Here’s the skinny – hemp gummies are an ideal daily supplement for ongoing health support. 

While we can’t speak for every hemp-derived CBD gummie on the market, the CBD in Wana Wellness CBD gummies acts within 30-90 minutes, peaks at about two hours and stays in the body for 8-12 hours. 

Most customers make CBD a part of their daily routine to consistently reap the benefits. Plus, Wana Wellness gummies are delicious and easy to take daily.


Many Wana Wellness customers take the gummies for daily baseline benefits. 

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