Cannabis has an interesting and varied chemistry. The array of acids, enzymes, and chemical compounds that compose the cocktail of cannabinoids in the cannabis flower varies from strain to strain. Generally, THC and CBD take the lead in terms of raw percentage, though there are a handful of strains that are exceptions to this rule and exist as outliers containing higher than average levels of esoteric cannabinoids like CBG, CBN, and CBC.
It’s important to note that certain strains and genetic crosses are more prone to creating higher quantities of these seldom-seen cannabinoids, but the phenotype and cultivation method play a big role in the overall chemical composition of a strain. The following strains* have been known to create higher percentages of CBG, CBN, and CBC, respectively.
Cannabis Strains That Contain CBN
CBN has indica-like effects in terms of reducing pain and inflammation, offering sedative, body-driven effects while stimulating the appetite. This cannabinoid is usually more accessible in medical cannabis dispensaries because of its application in treating a litany of different ailments. Also, growers have noted that later harvests can generated higher CBN content in cured flower. This makes sense, given that CBN is a breakdown product of THC. The longer a bud is exposed to the elements (especially heat and UV light), the more CBN is likely to form.
Cookie strains generally have a relaxing bent, but find one with high CBN like Animal Cookies and you are in for a sedative treat.
Cannabis Strains That Contain CBG
CBG, like CBN is a non-intoxicating cannabinoid that can be found only in trace amounts in your average batch of cannabis. But surprisingly, CBG is the chemical precursor to both THC and CBD. It has outstanding medicinal uses that include assisting patients with intraocular pressure, inflammatory bowel disease, and muscle spasms. CBG’s lack of intoxicating effects makes it an almost purely therapeutic cannabinoid.
Magic Jordan is a mysterious Hawaiian strain from Colorado Seed Inc. that has been known to assist consumers with insomnia and restlessness.
Destroyer is known for its huge yield and massive THC%. This thumper’s cannabinoid profile offers both recreational and medicinal uses.
Beyond its happy and uplifting effects, Mickey Kush can also benefit consumers looking to abate nausea and gastrointestinal distress.
Allen Wrench is a heady strain. Its powerful heady buzz helps reduce interocular pressure while stimulating activity.
Other CBG-friendly strains:
- Bleu Berries (White Label)
- Eldorado (Sativa Seedbank)
Cannabis Strains That Contain CBC
CBC is probably the most under-defined of the trace cannabinoids in cannabis, but it’s gaining notoriety for its use as a potential antidepressant.
Other CBC-friendly strains:
- Jorge’s Diamonds #1 by Dutch Passion