Cannabinoids exist not in a single state, but rather multiple versions go a source molecule called an acidic precursor. These variants are called analogs. This is significant to health and wellness due to the fact that different analogs of a single cannabinoid deliver significantly different efficacies. For example, THC, the neutral analog of this cannabinoid, increases appetite. However, THCV, its Carin analog, has been found to decrease appetite.
Acidic precursors are like the larval stage of all cannabinoids – including varins and neutral variants.
They allow scientists and cultivators to fine-tune products to create particular cannabinoid profiles.
Other analogs derived from acidic precursors:
CBNA, CBVNA, CBGA, CBGNA
The cannabinoid CBG is produced as seven different analogs, or versions. Different effects are gained from CBG, CBGA, CBGV, and the other variants of this family of sibling phytocannabinoids. CBGV appears to increase the bioavailability of CBD, while research has suggested CBG decreases ocular pressure along with a long list of other potential applications.