The global industrial hemp market was estimated at $4.13 billion in 2021 and is expected to grow 16.8% annually from 2022 to 2030.
Since hemp-derived products became legal in 2018, it makes sense that the market is growing at such a rapid pace. If you are thinking of trying out hemp, learning the common hemp cannabinoids is key.
This can help you find a product that is best for you, as you’ll know the benefits you can get from each one.
Read our guide below to get started, and you’ll soon find yourself to be a hemp expert.
Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is perhaps the most popular hemp cannabinoid. It is the most abundant of any of the cannabinoids in hemp, which allows there to be more access to it.
CBD can help treat chronic pain, which is what it is most often used for. It can also help reduce anxiety, depression, and inflammation, and it can help treat menstrual cramps.
CBD may reduce instances of epilepsy and is used to treat seizures. It can help alleviate instances of nausea.
Because CBD has no psychoactive effects, it is often a preferred way to treat these ailments. You can get your relief at any time of the day or night, as it won’t affect your state of mind.
How to Use CBD
You can also find a wide range of CBD products, allowing you to use them in any way you need.
There are CBD cannabis edibles, which you then consume by eating or drinking. You can find candies, baked goods, drinks, and full-course meals.
There are also CBD topicals, which you apply to your skin. This can help to soothe sore muscles or joints. You can find lotions, balms, and salves, many of which are made specifically to help reduce inflammation.
There’s CBD flower, which you can smoke like regular cannabis flower. It will have trace amounts of Tetrahydrocannabinol, also known as THC, so it won’t get you high.
Perhaps the most effective way to use CBD is in the form of tinctures and oils. With this, you can use it sublingually by placing a few drops under your tongue and holding it for a few minutes.
This allows the CBD to go directly into your bloodstream, allowing you to feel the effects within ten minutes.
Because CBD is the most popular cannabinoid, you can find any of these CBD products at your local smoke shop or cannabis dispensary.
While THC is found in only tiny amounts in the hemp plant, it is still considered a hemp cannabinoid. To be considered hemp, it would only have 0.3% THC or less.
So, while THC is a psychoactive cannabinoid that could get you high, the small amount will not affect you in that way.
THC has many more benefits besides its psychoactive properties, however. Like CBD, THC can help relieve chronic pain, reduce inflammation, and aid in depression in anxiety. It also has anti-nausea properties and can help to increase your appetite.
THC is also used to help with withdrawal symptoms. You can also use it to help with digestive issues, as it can act as an anti-spasmodic.
How to Use THC
Like CBD, THC is found in abundance, so you can find many different THC cannabis products. However, as stated before, if you are looking for hemp-derived products, anything you find will only have very small amounts of THC.
Cannabinol, also known as CBN, is often considered a weaker version of THC.
While CBD has zero psychoactive properties, CBN does have some, so if you consumed it in large amounts, you would feel mildly intoxicated.
CBN is not as popular as the previously discussed hemp-derived cannabinoids, so there isn’t as much research done on it. However, it is thought that CBN can help with pain relief and insomnia.
How to Use CBN
CBN is not as widely available, which means there aren’t as many products you can choose from. Generally, you can find tinctures, oils, powders, and capsules.
Not all cannabis dispensaries will have CBN products, so you may need to search online to find what you are looking for.
Cannabigerol, also known as CBG, is another lesser-known hemp-derived cannabinoid. It is known as the “mother of cannabinoids” because most other cannabinoids come from it, including CBD and THC.
The CBG extraction process starts early on in the hemp plant’s life. This is because, the longer the plant grows, the more the CBG will begin morphing into THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids.
Because of how it’s extracted, there isn’t very much of it, so there hasn’t been much research done on it.
However, it is thought that CBG has anti-fungal effects, can help with digestive issues, and can reduce inflammation.
How to Use CBG
Like CBN, you won’t easily be able to find tons of CBG products.
However, there are CBG oils and powders you can find online. You can also use full-spectrum CBD, which contains CBG, allowing you to benefit from both at once.
Reap the Benefits of Hemp Cannabinoids
There are so many benefits of hemp cannabinoids, so why not go out there and try them? If you’re new to the hemp scene, start with CBD. Decide the form you want it to take, and go from there.
It’s much easier than it may seem!
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