Darnell Lamont Walker leading Rituals Writing Workshop
CBD Popularity Soars. Now, CB-G, C, N?
Category:
Healing
Close up view of a cannabis plant leaf, the source of CBD

August 8th is National CBD Day, and CBD is about to have its day in the sun. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is expected to approve regulating CBD, the hemp-derived additive that is fast becoming a go-to alternative therapy for a range of conditions, including anxiety, PTSD, and pain. 

The FDA move would empower companies to create widely-available, CBD-driven products at a quick pace and protect consumer safety at the same time. The latest data shows that the CBD market is poised to hit $19.5 billion by 2025 if the FDA approves it as a legal additive in 2022. 

But while CBD (officially, Cannabidiol), is well on its way to becoming a household name with mainstream use, other, non-psychoactive compounds in the hemp plant are poised to follow the leader - CBG, CBC, and CBN. 

“It’s true that the minor cannabinoids have shown some interesting and promising effects in animal studies—everything from anti-cancer to anti-inflammatory effects. So clearly, this is an area that scientists are very curious about,” says Jeff Chen, MD, MBA, director of UCLA’s Cannabis Research Initiative.

Many experts believe higher levels of these three, secondary cannabinoids in personal products will result in more subtle, targeted well-being solutions. At the same time, researchers caution that the data on these minor cannabinoids is still sparse and studies are in their infancy.  

Ready to meet CB-G, C, and N? 

The Anti-Inflammatories: CBG and CBC

CBG (cannabigerol) is commonly used in oil form, but it’s rare and expensive. You’ll find CBG in some broad-spectrum CBD oils. CBG is derived from young cannabis plants, which exist less in CBD products, made from older hemp plants. 

CBG is processed in your system via molecules and receptors as a way to keep your body in an optimal state, which includes reducing inflammation and inhibiting negative conditions from developing in the body. Other potential benefits of CBG include increasing motivation, regulating appetite, and supporting deeper sleep. Some research has found positive results for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and glaucoma, while other studies revealed some promise in blocking cancer growth. 

CBC (cannabichromene) is sometimes hailed for its potential to elevate mood and increase the possibility of developing brain cells, known as neurogenesis

CBC is also studied for its ability to reduce swelling and pain, working with receptor sites involved in inflammation and the pain response. It’s often thought to be more powerful when combined with other cannabinoids. As an analgesic, reducing pain, studies show CBC affects our body’s control of pain at the spinal level; some believe CBC is also powerful against migraines

The Sleep Assistant: CBN

CBN (cannabinol) is called by some as the next big thing for insomniacs, but among the three secondary cannabinoids, there is the least amount of research on this one. 

The little data that exists claims CBN has the potential to alleviate insomnia by inducing overall tranquility and relaxation, though one researcher from Project CBD cautioned against calling it a sedative. Users describe the effect of CBN as deeper, more prolonged sleep, but experts say it depends on how it is taken. The most popular way to take it is under the tongue as a tincture. 

CBN is the result when THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) from a hemp plant is heated and exposed to oxygen; in other words, CBN comes from aged THC.  

As always, it’s a good idea to consult with your physician before ingesting or using any of these compounds. You want to understand how they might interact with any existing prescriptions and know the potential side effects for you.

Whether you “celebrate” National CBD Day or are just curious about CBD and its related compounds, get ready to hear more about all of them — officially — in the coming year for healing and well-being.

“Remembering to be as self compassionate as I can and praying to the divine that we're all a part of.” 
–Aaron

“Prayer, reading, meditation, walking.”
–Karen
“Erratically — which is an ongoing stream of practice to find peace.”
–Charles
“Try on a daily basis to be kind to myself and to realize that making mistakes is a part of the human condition. Learning from our mistakes is a journey. But it starts with compassion and caring. First for oneself.”
–Steve

“Physically: aerobic exercise, volleyball, ice hockey, cycling, sailing. Emotionally: unfortunately I have to work to ‘not care’ about people or situations which may end painfully. Along the lines of ‘attachment is the source of suffering’, so best to avoid it or limit its scope. Sad though because it could also be the source of great joy. Is it worth the risk?“
–Rainer

“It's time for my heart to be nurtured on one level yet contained on another. To go easy on me and to allow my feelings to be validated, not judged harshly. On the other hand, to let the heart rule with equanimity and not lead the mind and body around like a master.”
–Suzanne

“I spend time thinking of everything I am grateful for, and I try to develop my ability to express compassion for myself and others without reservation. I take time to do the things I need to do to keep myself healthy and happy. This includes taking experiential workshops, fostering relationships, and participating within groups which have a similar interest to become a more compassionate and fulfilled being.“
–Peter

“Self-forgiveness for my own judgments. And oh yeah, coming to Esalen.”
–David B.

“Hmm, this is a tough one! I guess I take care of my heart through fostering relationships with people I feel connected to. Spending quality time with them (whether we're on the phone, through messages/letters, on Zoom, or in-person). Being there for them, listening to them, sharing what's going on with me, my struggles and my successes... like we do in the Esalen weekly Friends of Esalen Zoom sessions!”
–Lori

“I remind myself in many ways of the fact that " Love is all there is!" LOVE is the prize and this one precious life is the stage we get to learn our lessons. I get out into nature, hike, camp, river kayak, fly fish, garden, I create, I dance (not enough!), and I remain grateful for each day, each breath, each moment. Being in the moment, awake, and remembering the gift of life and my feeling of gratitude for all of creation.”
–Steven
“My physical heart by limiting stress and eating a heart-healthy diet. My emotional heart by staying in love with the world and by knowing that all disappointment and loss will pass.“
–David Z.


Today, September 29, is World Heart Day. Strike up a conversation with your own heart and as you feel comfortable, encourage others to do the same. As part of our own transformations and self-care, we sometimes ask for others to illuminate and enliven our hearts or speak our love language.

What if we could do this for ourselves too, even if just for today… or to start a heart practice, forever?



About

Christine Chen

Christine Chen is a two-time Emmy winning journalist, best-selling author, California native, and senior teacher of yoga and Ayurveda.

CBD Popularity Soars. Now, CB-G, C, N?

About

Christine Chen

Christine Chen is a two-time Emmy winning journalist, best-selling author, California native, and senior teacher of yoga and Ayurveda.

Darnell Lamont Walker leading Rituals Writing Workshop
Category:
Healing
Close up view of a cannabis plant leaf, the source of CBD

August 8th is National CBD Day, and CBD is about to have its day in the sun. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is expected to approve regulating CBD, the hemp-derived additive that is fast becoming a go-to alternative therapy for a range of conditions, including anxiety, PTSD, and pain. 

The FDA move would empower companies to create widely-available, CBD-driven products at a quick pace and protect consumer safety at the same time. The latest data shows that the CBD market is poised to hit $19.5 billion by 2025 if the FDA approves it as a legal additive in 2022. 

But while CBD (officially, Cannabidiol), is well on its way to becoming a household name with mainstream use, other, non-psychoactive compounds in the hemp plant are poised to follow the leader - CBG, CBC, and CBN. 

“It’s true that the minor cannabinoids have shown some interesting and promising effects in animal studies—everything from anti-cancer to anti-inflammatory effects. So clearly, this is an area that scientists are very curious about,” says Jeff Chen, MD, MBA, director of UCLA’s Cannabis Research Initiative.

Many experts believe higher levels of these three, secondary cannabinoids in personal products will result in more subtle, targeted well-being solutions. At the same time, researchers caution that the data on these minor cannabinoids is still sparse and studies are in their infancy.  

Ready to meet CB-G, C, and N? 

The Anti-Inflammatories: CBG and CBC

CBG (cannabigerol) is commonly used in oil form, but it’s rare and expensive. You’ll find CBG in some broad-spectrum CBD oils. CBG is derived from young cannabis plants, which exist less in CBD products, made from older hemp plants. 

CBG is processed in your system via molecules and receptors as a way to keep your body in an optimal state, which includes reducing inflammation and inhibiting negative conditions from developing in the body. Other potential benefits of CBG include increasing motivation, regulating appetite, and supporting deeper sleep. Some research has found positive results for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and glaucoma, while other studies revealed some promise in blocking cancer growth. 

CBC (cannabichromene) is sometimes hailed for its potential to elevate mood and increase the possibility of developing brain cells, known as neurogenesis

CBC is also studied for its ability to reduce swelling and pain, working with receptor sites involved in inflammation and the pain response. It’s often thought to be more powerful when combined with other cannabinoids. As an analgesic, reducing pain, studies show CBC affects our body’s control of pain at the spinal level; some believe CBC is also powerful against migraines

The Sleep Assistant: CBN

CBN (cannabinol) is called by some as the next big thing for insomniacs, but among the three secondary cannabinoids, there is the least amount of research on this one. 

The little data that exists claims CBN has the potential to alleviate insomnia by inducing overall tranquility and relaxation, though one researcher from Project CBD cautioned against calling it a sedative. Users describe the effect of CBN as deeper, more prolonged sleep, but experts say it depends on how it is taken. The most popular way to take it is under the tongue as a tincture. 

CBN is the result when THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) from a hemp plant is heated and exposed to oxygen; in other words, CBN comes from aged THC.  

As always, it’s a good idea to consult with your physician before ingesting or using any of these compounds. You want to understand how they might interact with any existing prescriptions and know the potential side effects for you.

Whether you “celebrate” National CBD Day or are just curious about CBD and its related compounds, get ready to hear more about all of them — officially — in the coming year for healing and well-being.

“Remembering to be as self compassionate as I can and praying to the divine that we're all a part of.” 
–Aaron

“Prayer, reading, meditation, walking.”
–Karen
“Erratically — which is an ongoing stream of practice to find peace.”
–Charles
“Try on a daily basis to be kind to myself and to realize that making mistakes is a part of the human condition. Learning from our mistakes is a journey. But it starts with compassion and caring. First for oneself.”
–Steve

“Physically: aerobic exercise, volleyball, ice hockey, cycling, sailing. Emotionally: unfortunately I have to work to ‘not care’ about people or situations which may end painfully. Along the lines of ‘attachment is the source of suffering’, so best to avoid it or limit its scope. Sad though because it could also be the source of great joy. Is it worth the risk?“
–Rainer

“It's time for my heart to be nurtured on one level yet contained on another. To go easy on me and to allow my feelings to be validated, not judged harshly. On the other hand, to let the heart rule with equanimity and not lead the mind and body around like a master.”
–Suzanne

“I spend time thinking of everything I am grateful for, and I try to develop my ability to express compassion for myself and others without reservation. I take time to do the things I need to do to keep myself healthy and happy. This includes taking experiential workshops, fostering relationships, and participating within groups which have a similar interest to become a more compassionate and fulfilled being.“
–Peter

“Self-forgiveness for my own judgments. And oh yeah, coming to Esalen.”
–David B.

“Hmm, this is a tough one! I guess I take care of my heart through fostering relationships with people I feel connected to. Spending quality time with them (whether we're on the phone, through messages/letters, on Zoom, or in-person). Being there for them, listening to them, sharing what's going on with me, my struggles and my successes... like we do in the Esalen weekly Friends of Esalen Zoom sessions!”
–Lori

“I remind myself in many ways of the fact that " Love is all there is!" LOVE is the prize and this one precious life is the stage we get to learn our lessons. I get out into nature, hike, camp, river kayak, fly fish, garden, I create, I dance (not enough!), and I remain grateful for each day, each breath, each moment. Being in the moment, awake, and remembering the gift of life and my feeling of gratitude for all of creation.”
–Steven
“My physical heart by limiting stress and eating a heart-healthy diet. My emotional heart by staying in love with the world and by knowing that all disappointment and loss will pass.“
–David Z.


Today, September 29, is World Heart Day. Strike up a conversation with your own heart and as you feel comfortable, encourage others to do the same. As part of our own transformations and self-care, we sometimes ask for others to illuminate and enliven our hearts or speak our love language.

What if we could do this for ourselves too, even if just for today… or to start a heart practice, forever?



About

Christine Chen

Christine Chen is a two-time Emmy winning journalist, best-selling author, California native, and senior teacher of yoga and Ayurveda.

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