What are “Rare Cannabinoids”?

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By Jeff Eckenrode

Most cannabis users are well aware of pot’s most famous molecule, Tetrahydrocannabinol Δ9 (or THC for short). And take it from us, we love THC, too!

But did you know that THC is only one of dozens of types of unique molecules that are produced by marijuana plants? Years of scientific research suggest that many of these naturally occurring and chemically-unique molecules, called cannabinoids, can have a measurable and significant impact on your high.

Take THC, for example. It is the principal intoxicating molecule found in cannabis. And although its intoxicating effects are well known, the scope of THC’s effects is often misunderstood. For instance, it may surprise you that the principal side of effect of THC is short-term memory loss. However, we know from experience that “getting high” is a complex and highly nuanced experience which can include a wide variety of effects, physically, mentally, and emotionally.

So, what is a “rare cannabinoid”?

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Simply put, a rare cannabinoid is any cannabinoid that is, well, rare! Meaning that, even under optimal growing conditions, a single cannabis plant can produce a limited amount of it--generally between 0.01% to 10%. These rare cannabinoids are much harder to produce than THC which, due to cannabis prohibition coupled with decades of selective breeding techniques, have pushed cannabis plants to produce THC contents in higher and higher quantities, often times over 20% or even 25%!

There could be hundreds of rare cannabinoids but, due to cannabis’ status as a Schedule I drug, only a few have been extensively researched. Here are just a handful of the varieties of cannabinoids that scientists have studied over the past decade.

Cannabigerol (CBG): The “granddaddy” cannabinoid


The most basic cannabinoid from which THC, CBD, and all other cannabinoids are formed. CBG can be cultivated from immature cannabis plants, and medical research indicates that CBG has been used to relieve intraocular eye pressure and muscle tension.

Cannabinerol (CBN): The “lights-out” cannabinoid


A particularly unique cannabinoid that can be produced by exposing THC and other cannabinoids to heat or oxygen. Research studies have shown that CBN can have sedative effects, even in small amounts.

Cannabidiol (CBD): The “non-intoxicating” cannabinoid

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The soothing, calming cannabinoid that’s gained recent popularity for its non-intoxicating effects and its ability to counteract some of the more uncomfortable effects of THC (particularly anxiety). CBD’s effects and uses are varied depending on its use and concentration when used with THC. Generally speaking, CBD can produce a floating, “glowing” sensation throughout the body, leaving you relaxed and at ease.

Why should I care?

What’s most exciting about CBD, CBG, CBN, and other rare cannabinoids is that recent research suggests that rare cannabinoids, in concert with THC and terpenes (the aromatic molecules of cannabis and other plants), can be more effective than they are on their own (click here to learn more about the “Entourage Effect”).

That’s tight! What should I try first?

That all depends on you! At Hashtag, we carry a wide variety of products that are rich in rare cannabinoids.

Here are just a few of our favorites to get you started:

Feeling down? Try Happiest Self Spray Tincture from Green Revolution!

Happiest Self Green Revolution CBG Cannabis Tincture

This water-based, pocket-sized spray tincture is a unique blend of THC, CBG, and the herb St. John’s Wort. Especially designed to lift your spirits, Happiest Self can be mixed with your favorite beverage or applied sublingually for fast-acting effects. Portable, convenient and fast acting. What more could you ask for?

Need a second wind? Try Frida from Raven Grass!

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Available in flower as well as joints, Frida by Raven Grass is a one-of-a-kind cross of ACDC & Whitaker Blues with a CBD to THC ratio that ranges between 1:1 and 2:1. Frida’s herbal tea aroma and lemongrass flavor will leave you calm, focused, and ready to tackle any challenge!

Need some rest? Try Sleep Spray Tincture from Green Revolution!

Sleep Green Revolution CBN Cannabis Tincture

This sublingual spray tincture is a unique blend of THC, CBD, and CBN (a cannabinoid renowned for its sedative effects) and is a great buy for folks looking to catch a couple extra Z’s. Its water-based formula is perfect for mixing with your favorite sleepy-time beverage or it can be applied sublingually for fast-acting effects.

Want to learn more? Then stop on by our Fremont and Redmond shop to see what rare cannabinoids can do for you!