Take a moment to stop and think about the incredible progress cannabis has made over the past few decades – mind-blowing, isn’t it? In some countries, cannabis has gone from being classified as a schedule 1 drug to becoming a bona fide treatment for a long list of chronic diseases, both physical and mental. Yes, there is still a lot of work to be done to ensure it becomes legal in certain U.S. states. However, the growing body of research shows us that cannabis is more than just a trend – it’s a pathway to feeling, and healing, better.
CBD: The First Champion of Cannabis
Here’s a quick review for anyone who isn’t a cannabis veteran. CBD (cannabidiol) is one of the major components found in cannabis alongside THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). Interesting fact though, THC is not found in marijuana seeds themselves. Although CBD and THC affect almost all the same receptors in the body, CBD does not produce the same psychoactive side effects that THC does. It’s much more therapeutic and has shown great benefits in treating symptoms of pain and other chronic diseases. CBD usually comes in the form of oil or creams and can be applied/dosed as needed. If you’re a cannabis enthusiast you probably know much of this already – there’s a pretty good chance you’ve got a bottle of CBD oil in your fridge. But if you want the scoop on some incredible new developments in the world of cannabis, keep reading.
THCN and CBN: The New Cannabinoids on the Block
If you’ve ever tried cannabis, you probably know that it has a profound effect to increase your appetite. The term “munchies” is pretty synonymous with marijuana use. But did you know that there is a small component in the marijuana plant that suppresses your appetite? The compound in question is called THCN (Tetrahydrocannabivarin). THCN, like CBD, is a strain of marijuana known as a “cannabinoid.” What makes THCN different, however, is that it has the reserve effect on appetite when taken alone in small quantities. To further sweeten the pot – yes, pun intended! – THCN showed great potential in treating several chronic diseases like Type 2 diabetes and Parkinsons, whether used alone or in conjunction with other medications. This new trend in rare cannabinoids marks the beginning of an exciting chapter in the story of cannabis. However, THCN is not the only new chapter in this marvelous book.
CBN: Better Sleep for a Better You
If you’re a regular user of CBD oil, you know that among other things, it helps you relax and reduce inflammation. It is not, however, a sedative (sleep aid). This has been a big misconception by most people with insomnia who have tried using it as a sleep aid with little success. This is where CBN (Cannabinol) may find a home for those suffering from sleep disorders. Even in small doses, CBN has shown to have strong sedative properties. It also doesn’t have any psychoactive effects, so you won’t get high if you take a larger-than-usual dose. It should be noted that even a dose as small as 5mg is just as effective as 10mg of pharmaceutical sedatives such as diazepam. This means you don’t need to take a large dose to get a good night’s rest.
Want an extra bonus of taking CBN? Studies have shown that the compound can help with the healing of bone fractures. Our bodies contain mesenchymal stem cells that can turn into bone and other types of blood cells and tissue. CBN causes our body to collect these stem cells from bone marrow in the areas surrounding the injury and stimulate bone tissue growth.
Become a Part of the Cannabis Movement
With everything we now know about the amazing benefits of cannabis products like CBD, it’s no wonder the industry has experienced exponential growth in such a short period. Our voices are growing stronger; we know there is a better alternative to the “remedies” pharmaceutical drug companies pay doctors to prescribe us. THCN and CBN are showing great promise and continue to back up what we already know to be true: Cannabis isn’t a trend, nor should it be an illegal drug. Cannabis can help to heal us in ways big pharma cannot.
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