5 Types of Cannabinoids You’ve Never Heard Of (Hint: We Don’t Mention CBD or THC)

Currently, more than 100 cannabinoids have been identified in cannabis, along with other compounds such as terpenoids, omega fatty acids, and flavonoids.

Almost everyone has heard of CBD and THC by now, but what about the other ones? What are the different types of cannabinoids?

We’re going to cover three different types of cannabinoids you may not have heard of before. Read on to learn something new and maybe discover a product you’d like to try.

1. CBN

Cannabinol (CBN) is sometimes thought of as a weaker form of THC, making it a milder chemical. Cannabis companies mostly focus on CBN’s potential as a sleep aid.

While not as popular as some other cannabinoids, mainly THC and CBD, more people are starting to take an interest in CBN.

CBN can produce some psychoactive reactions in large doses. This cannabinoid isn’t as widely researched as CBD, but some studies have shown promise, including a 2005 study on CBN’s effect on ALS.

2. CBDv

CBDv has similar properties to CBD, but Cannabidivarin (CBDv) is a CBD variant. There are many studies being conducted on varin cannabinoids, and it’s worth looking into them further.

Although more research on CBDv is necessary, it may be useful in the treatment of inflammation, nausea, anxiety, and more.

3. CBG

Cannabigerol (CBG) is sometimes called the mother of all cannabinoids. Other cannabinoids come from an acidic form of CBG known as CBGA or cannabigerolic acid.

In most strains of cannabis, there is only 1% of CBG. In comparison, most strains have between 20%-25% CBD and 25%-30% THC.

Most often, CBG comes from young cannabis plants as they have more of this cannabinoid.

4. CBC

Cannabichromene (CBC) doesn’t produce psychoactive effects by itself. However, some studies have shown that CBC may intensify the effects that THC can have on the body. It may also work well with other cannabinoids, such as THC, to produce certain effects.

A 2010 study revealed that CBC can bind to CB2 receptors and that it might help reduce inflammation. More research is necessary on cannabinoids like CBC, but so far, the results are promising.


Cannabidiolic acid (CBDA) is a derivative of CBD. CBDA is another non-psychoactive cannabinoid that may have some similar benefits to CBD.

Studies are being conducted to determine the effectiveness of CBDA in helping with inflammation.

Also, a recent study by Oregon State University even looked at CBDA and CBGA’s ability to bind to the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein, revealing that these cannabinoids could disrupt the virus and possibly thwart infection.

Learn More About the Different Types of Cannabinoids

These five examples are only a few of the many different types of cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. More research is revealed each year about these compounds, so keep your eye on the news to learn more. You might even consider trying a few products to see if any work for you.

Are you interested in learning more about the different types of cannabinoids and terpenes? Maybe you’re interested in trying a product for yourself, but you’re not sure where to start. Check out the rest of our blog for information on cannabis and more.