CBD, THC, and CBN – What’s the Difference?

June 26th, 2020

The cannabis plant has over 130 known compounds, called cannabinoids. Each cannabinoid has unique medicinal benefits and effects. 

THC is associated with the ‘high’ in cannabis, effects can include feelings of euphoria and the munchies. 

CBD doesn’t get you ‘high,’ effects can include feelings of relaxation and well-being. CBD and THC work together and balance each other out. 

CBN is another compound in cannabis, with effects in between CBD and THC. CBN is an antioxidant, can help kill pain and inflammation without harming your kidneys. 

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)

THC is probably the most researched cannabinoid. It is known for inducing the

‘high’ associated with cannabis consumption, and is effective in treating a number

of conditions. THC can produce strong feelings of euphoria and overall well-being.


Medical applications: PTSD, glaucoma, cancer, ADHD, anorexia, HIV/AIDS


Reduces: inflammation, anxiety, spasms and convulsions, vomiting and

nausea, pain, spread of certain cancers, nerve damage, free radicals in the

bloodstream (antioxidant)


Promotes: appetite, growth of new nerve tissue, oxygen intake and breathing


Tetrahydrocannabinolic Acid (THC-A)

THC-A is the acid form of THC, and can be found in the trichomes of the cannabis

plant. It is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in raw and live cannabis. As

marijuana dries, THC-A slowly converts to THC.


 Medical applications: prostate cancer, arthritis, lupus


 Reduces: tumors, pain, nausea, insomnia, muscle spasms, inflammation


 Promotes: appetite, cell growth


Raw cannabis contains high amounts of THC-A. Suggestion: juice cannabis

leaves with other fruits and vegetables for a nutritionally-dense, very potent

medicine without the psychoactive effects.


Cannabidiol (CBD)

CBD is considered to be “non-psychoactive,” and it reduces the euphoric effects of

THC. Like THC, a significant amount of research has been conducted on CBD. Its

lack of psychoactivity makes it ideal in treating children, the elderly, and patients

that prefer to remain clear headed and focused.


Medical applications: Rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, alcoholism, PTSD,

insomnia, AIDS, arthritis, depression, Crohn’s disease, eating disorders,

glaucoma, epilepsy and seizure disorders, migraines, Multiple Sclerosis


Reduces: spread of certain cancers and tumors, inflammation, anxiety


If you’re looking for the medicines with high CBD content, you have many

delivery options to choose from: tinctures, capsules, oil applicators, vape

cartridges and other extracts, flowers, and edibles.


Cannabinol (CBN)

CBN is, just like aspirin, a non-narcotic analgesic (pain-killer), but 3 times as

strong. CBN is mildly psychoactive, calming, and is a stronger sedative than other

cannabinoids. CBN forms when THC has been exposed to oxygen and heat, thus

high levels of CBN can be a sign of older cannabis.


Medical applications: tension headaches


Reduces: pain, inflammation, convulsions and spasms, insomnia, nausea, free

radicals in the bloodstream (antioxidant)


Don’t throw out your old cannabis! If you store flowers in a cool, dry place, you

can consume them several months later for the medicinal benefits of CBN.


Cannabidiolic Acid (CBD-A)

CBD-A is the acid form of CBD, similar to THC-A and THC. Like CBD, CBD-A is

not psychoactive. While there hasn’t been much research done on CBD-A yet,

the research that has been done is quite promising.


 Medical applications: cancer


 Reduces: cancer cell growth, bacterial growth, inflammation, nausea

and vomiting



Other cannabinoids of interest include Cannabigerol (CBG),

Cannabichromene (CBC), and Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCv). Preliminary

research shows that these cannabinoids all have therapeutic values as well.


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