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What Are the Different Types of Cannabinoids? A Quick Guide

Did you know that around 65% of marijuana users rely on cannabis due to chronic pain? Are you considering taking some type of cannabinoid for your own pain or health?

From treating headaches to joint pain, there’s no shortage of ways to use cannabinoids for pain management. 

This guide is here to help you decipher the different types of cannabinoids and some of their effects and benefits. Keep reading to learn the top kinds of cannabinoids. 


1. THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol)

This is one of the most familiar cannabinoids because of the “high” effect it causes. THC binds to CB1 and CB2 receptors in the brain and this makes it one of the most powerful cannabinoids. 

When the THC binds to the CB1 receptors, dopamine in the body is released. Whenever dopamine is released there are feelings of euphoria and relaxation. 

2. CBD (Cannabidiol)

CBD is another very popular type of cannabinoid because those that do not want the effect of feeling “high” resort to CBD. After the Farm Bill was signed in 2018, CBD exploded because it became legal to grow and consume in the United States. 

The reason that CBD does not give the feeling of being high is that it is not capable of activating the CB1 receptors in the brain. CBD, on the other hand, increases the level of endocannabinoids in the body. 

Because CBD has helped so many people deal with their pain, products such as Delta 8 bundles have increased in popularity. 

3. CBDV (Cannabidivarin)

The structure of the CBDV cannabinoid is very similar to the structure of CBD and it doesn’t give people the effect of feeling “high.” CBDV activates the ion channel in the central nervous system and the peripheral system.

CBDV is mainly known for having anticonvulsant effects. Because of this, it has become popular for those that suffer from epileptic seizures. The potent anticonvulsant effects have helped a wide range of patients that suffer from seizures. 

If you are interested in helping your own seizures, please always consult your physician before starting a cannabinoid regimen. 

4. CBC (Cannabichromene)

CBC is a very abundant cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant and most marijuana strains have more CBC than CBD cannabinoids. CBC interacts with the ECS, CB1, and CB2 receptors in the brain. CBC also works with TRPA1 and TRPV1 receptors. 

You do not have to worry about having an intoxicating effect when you take CBC. When CBC combines with other types of cannabinoids it creates an entourage effect that can give better results. 

Now You Know the Different Types of Cannabinoids

We hope that now that you learned what the different types of cannabinoids are, you can make an informed decision if you choose to also hop on the cannabinoid bandwagon. Please keep in mind that the list above is not all-inclusive, there are hundreds of known cannabinoids in the marijuana plant. 

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