Intro to Cannabinoids


Cannabinoids are the naturally occurring active chemical compounds found in marijuana that work together to produce a variety of psychoactive and non-psychoactive effects. Check out the guide below to see what cannabinoids we test for and what their known properties are.

delta-9 THC

Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol (∆9-THC, THC)

∆9-THC is the primary psychoactive compound in cannabis and is responsible for giving users the feeling of being “high.”


Delta-8-Tetrahydrocannabinol (∆8-THC)

Similar to ∆9-THC, ∆8-THC is typically found in lower concentrations and with slightly less psychotropic effects than its counterpart. When using the term “THC,” most refer to both ∆9-THC and ∆8-THC added together.


Cannabidiol (CBD)

CBD is the second most abundant compound in cannabis and has been found to counteract the psychological effects of THC. While CBD is non-psychoactive and cannot get users “high,” it is preferred in the medical community due to its innumerable therapeutic properties and minimal psychoactive side-effects.


Cannabinol (CBN)

CBN is a product of THC degradation and is known to have mild psychoactive effects. Contrary to the euphoric effects of THC, CBN can produce feelings of lethargy, making it the perfect aid for insomniacs.


Cannabigerol (CBG)

CBG is a non-psychoactive compound and has proven to be effective at reducing bacterial growth, inflammation, and intraocular pressure.


Cannabichromene (CBC)

CBC is a non-psychoactive compound that has proven to be effective at relieving pain, reducing inflammation, and inhibiting bacterial growth.


Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinolic Acid (∆9-THCA, THCA)

THCA is abundantly found in fresh marijuana and is the precursor to THC. As the plant is dried and exposed to heat, the THCA is converted into THC through a process called decarboxylation. THCA is non-psychoactive and has been found to possess neuroprotective properties, suppress seizures, and reduce inflammation.


Cannabidiolic Acid (CBDA)

CBDA is the precursor to CBD and has been found to possess anti-inflammatory properties.