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Demystifying Cannabinoids: Understanding the Acronyms in the Dispensary

Have you ever walked into the dispensary and been confused by all of the different cannabinoid acronyms? CBD, CBN, CBG, what do they all mean? In this blog, we will explore the most common cannabinoids found in marijuana and their potential medical benefits.

What Are Cannabinoids?

Marijuana contains over one hundred compounds, called cannabinoids. Each of these cannabinoids comes with its own unique properties and potential health benefits. While THC and CBD are the most well-known and extensively researched cannabinoids, other compounds like CBG and CBN show have shown to have a therapeutic effect. 

Fun fact: your body produces compounds similar to cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant! This is why your body can respond so well to medical marijuana. In fact, your body has an entire endocannabinoid system, which regulates and controls many of our most critical bodily functions. 

Common Cannabinoids

THC  (tetrahydrocannabinol)

THC is perhaps the most well-known and abundant psychoactive cannabinoid in marijuana. It is responsible for the "high" feeling associated with cannabis use. THC has shown potential therapeutic benefits, including pain relief, appetite stimulation, and nausea reduction. This cannabinoid interacts with receptors in the brain, altering neurotransmitter release and impairing cognitive functions. 

CBD (cannabidiol) 

CBD is a prominent cannabinoid in marijuana, but unlike THC, it is non-psychoactive. CBD has gained significant attention in recent years due to its potential therapeutic applications. It interacts with various receptors in the body, including endocannabinoid receptors and serotonin receptors. Research suggests that CBD may have anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and anxiety-reducing properties. It is commonly used for managing chronic pain, anxiety disorders, epilepsy, and some neurodegenerative conditions.

CBG (cannabigerol)

CBG is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in smaller quantities in marijuana. It is considered a precursor to other cannabinoids, as enzymes in the plant typically convert CBG into compounds like THC and CBD. CBG has demonstrated potential antibacterial and neuroprotective properties in early studies. Some research suggests that CBG may help manage glaucoma, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and symptoms of certain types of cancer. As research continues, we will learn more about this cannabinoid! 

CBN (Cannabinol)

CBN is one of the most abundant cannabinoids in the cannabis plant. You may experience some light psychoactive effects from CBN, but not like the high most people get from THC. This cannabinoid is found in older cannabis plants and has a sedative effect, potentially aiding with sleep disorders. 


You probably won’t find this cannabinoid in your Florida or Mississippi medical marijuana dispensaries, but you may at the gas station. Because the Delta-8 cannabinoid is found in such small quantities, what you find in the store is likely synthetic. It’s important to know that while you may experience a “high” and some therapeutic effects from Delta-8 products, they have not been evaluated or approved by the FDA. 

The cannabinoids we discussed today will only continue to have more research supporting their therapeutic effects. Take this education with you to help make an informed decision next time you’re at the dispensary. 

If you’re ready for your own individualized treatment plan, our team at Kaya Life is ready to help you. Request your appointment today! 

Uncover the full spectrum of medical cannabis: dive into our blog today and expand your knowledge!

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