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The Main Cannabinoids in CBD Oil

Cannabinoids in CBD Oil
Cannabinoids in CBD Oil

There are over 100 cannabinoids that have been identified from Cannabis. However, these are not all included in Cannabidiol products. Cannabinoids start as cannabinoid acids which are the precursor to an active compound. For the most part, there are 8 main cannabinoids in CBD oil products. The 3 which immediately spring to mind are CBD, CBDa and THC. The 2 former compounds are linked to improvements in health while the latter is key for altogether different reasons.

Key Cannabinoid Compounds in CBD

It should come as no surprise, Cannabidiol (CBD) is the main compound of interest to most people who consume CBD oil. This is followed by CBDa which is the precursur to CBD. In short, when CBDa is exposed to heat (decarboxylation) it is then transformed into the CBD. CBDa also offers a number of health benefits. This compound is usually associated with the raw CBD oils and is dark brown or Green in colour. These raw CBD tinctures contain a combination of the CBD and CBDa.

The Only Psychoactive Compound

The next compound to look out for is Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). This is the psychoactive element in marijuana. In the vast majority of CBD oil products, THC is only included in very small quantities. These trace amounts are not sufficiently high enough to cause impairment or leave users feeling ‘high’. In some cases, THC in small quantities does offer certain benefits. It is said that including even a trace amount of THC will have a positive impact on other ingredients. This phenomenon is called the ‘entourage effect’ and is found in the full spectrum CBD oil. It means the various elements (cannabinoids, terpenes) combine and the whole product works better as a result.

List of Cannabinoid Acids

Cannabis does not produce the compounds we are familiar with, such as CBD and THC. However, it does produce cannabinoid acids which have antibiotic and/or insecticidal properties.

CBDA (Cannabidiolic acid)
CBGA (Cannabigerolic acid)
THCA (Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinolic acid)
CBCA (Cannabichromenenic acid)
CBGVA (Cannabigerovarinic acid)
THCVA (Tetrahydrocanabivarinic acid)
CBDVA (Cannabidivarinic acid)
CBCVA (Cannabichromevarinic acid)

List of Cannabinoid Compounds

When the oil extract has been processed and is fully decarboxylated, the cannabinoid acids are activated yielding the compounds listed below.

CBD (Cannabidiol)
CBG (Cannabigerol)
THC (Δ9–tetrahydrocannabinol)
CBC (Cannabichromene)
CBGV (Cannabigerivarin)
THCV (Tetrahydrocannabivarin)
CBDV (Cannabidivarin)
CBCV (Cannabichromevarin)

The number may vary with some manufacturers or in specialist products. That said, on the whole, these are the 8 main cannabinoids you will find in most CBD oil products. The list of compounds will largely remain the same, but the quantities of each ingredient will vary on manufacturer lab test reports. After reading this article, you should now have a better understanding of the different cannabinoids in a typical CBD oil product.

Is CBD Non-Psychoactive?

Is CBD Non-Psychoactive
Is CBD Non-Psychoactive?

When people talk about Cannabidiol, you have probably heard it said that ‘CBD is non-psychoactive’. After all, it does not give you any intoxicating effects. While the majority of people would agree with this view, not everyone does. You see, there are people, well respected in the Cannabis industry, who point out a different opinion. It could be argued that CBD is psychoactive in some respects. Obviously, this contradiction causes confusion with new and existing customers. Is CBD non-psychoactive? This article will cover both sides of the debate.

CBD Oil – Psychoactive or Non-Psychoactive?

A high-quality CBD oil like our own 5% Hemp Drops tincture, contains approximately 0.03% of THC. This is a trace amount of Tetrahydrocannabinol that is not large enough to cause any adverse effects. We are confident in saying our product is non-psychoactive. It will not impair our customers or leave them feeling intoxicated. They will still be able to function normally after taking CBD oil. This is because there is no ‘high’ normally associated with Marijuana and THC.

However, it could be argued that CBD is psychoactive in some respects. For example, the definition of psychoactive is: “drugs that affect your mind” (English). If you are taking CBD for depression and anxiety issues, the extract does indeed have an effect on the mind, albeit a positive rather than a negative one. Of course, CBD manufacturers could not market their products as psychoactive, this would cause even more problems than it would solve.

So who is right? Well, both sides of this argument could argue their point and claim to be in the right. The vast majority of people seem to understand and have no issue with what ‘non-psychoactive’ means. The term is used to explain that CBD will not get you ‘high’. It should be remembered that people who use Cannabidiol come from all ages and walks of life. The most important point is they receive the information required to find what they are looking for.

So, is CBD non-psychoactive or psychoactive? Well, technically in some respects, it is psychoactive, in a positive rather than negative sense. That said, CBD manufacturers do not want to confuse their customers for the sake of addressing a minor technicality. Many observers believe this argument is simply ‘splitting hairs’. The debate on this particular topic will continue throughout the Cannabis industry. At least, after reading this article, presented with all the facts you will be sufficiently informed to form your own opinion.