CBDV, or cannabidivarin, is one of the dozens of cannabinoids – once ignored – that is now revealing to scientists and consumers a bounty of benefits found in hemp. Now, Front Range Biosciences is digging into the buried secrets of how CBDV can help focus the mind, relax the body’s muscles, and potentially relieve pain.
Cannabinoids Pair Best with Our Bodies
Before we can understand how cannabinoids like CBDV work, we have to know how they work within our bodies. The human body has an endocannabinoid system made of endocannabinoids which occur naturally. This endocannabinoid system is made up of a series of receptors that make sure basic functions like digestion, mood, inflammation, sleep, pain, memory, and the immune system are staying in balance. These naturally occurring endocannabinoids work with cannabinoid molecules found in cannabis, THC, and CBD being the two everyone knows. But did you know there are over 113 types of cannabinoids found within the cannabis plant?
Due to the restrictions on cannabis research, science is just recently unlocking the secrets of how many of these cannabinoids work with our own, natural endocannabinoid system.
2021 marks the 50th anniversary of Nature’s article touting the discovery of Cannabidivarin, a CBD homologue (meaning they have a similar structure) in which the side chain is C3H7 instead of C5H11. Up until then, all found cannabinoids contained an olivetyl group (n-amylresorcinol).CBDV was the first cannabinoid found which contained a divarinyl group (n-propylresorcinol). But, as with all cannabis plant-derived medicinal studiesIn the half-century since, most of the research has taken place in just the past few years.
Benefits of CBDV
Cannabidivarin seems to make certain nerve cells less active. These nerve cells are involved in swelling (inflammation), seizures, pain, and other conditions.By making these cells less active, cannabidivarin might improve these conditions. CBDV, like CBD, won’t intoxicate the user. Instead, research points to CBDV having an effect on seizures and it is currently being used to developanti-seizure drugs. There are also some signs that CBDV can prevent nausea, pain, mood disorders, and inflammation.
Studies continue to point to CBDV having a positive effect on a variety of conditions including:
- Multiple Sclerosis
- The regulation of brain function
- Autism spectrum disorder
- Rett syndrome
- The improvement of cognitive, motor, and neurological functions linked to certain types of genetic disorders
- Improved muscle quality
- Slowing muscle degeneration linked to Duchenne muscular dystrophy
- Fragile X syndrome
- Prader-Willi syndrome or PWS, a rare, inherited disorder that causes obesity, short stature, and learning disability
- Ulcerative colitis, a type of inflammatory bowel disease
FRB is working to bring CBDV-rich hemp to consumers who are ready to use these cannabinoids in everything from topical creams to sublinguals, tinctures and more. Sign up for our newsletter to stay informed and up-to-date as we continue to discover the hidden benefits of cannabinoids.