Cannabinoids are a group of naturally occurring chemical compounds found in cannabis and other plants. They play a large role in creating the effects related to appetite, pain, mood, and memory that are experienced after marijuana or infused products consumed or applied.  Different strains of cannabis have different levels of each cannabinoid. Knowing the cannabinoid profile of different strains allows patients and doctors to select a strain of cannabis or a marijuana product that will best address the patient’s needs or treat their specific symptoms.

Cannabinoid Profile
Sample Cannabinoid Profile from MCR Labs Testing Report

Below are the primary cannabinoids that we test for at MCR Labs and a brief description of the effects they are believed to produce.

NOTE: The science and research around how these substances interact within the body is still limited and there are many variables that contribute to how each unique individual will experience the effect of cannabis consumption.

Primary Active Compounds

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC also Δ9-THC) Psychoactive; psychotropic (mood-altering, antidepressant); analgesic (pain relief); relieves IOP (glaucoma) Learn More
Cannabidiol (CBD) Used to reduce muscle spasms; muscle relaxant; analgesic (pain relief) Learn More
Cannabinol (CBN) Mildly psychoactive; analgesic (pain relief); a degradant of THC, can be an indicator of an older or overdried product Learn More

Other Beneficial Cannabinoids

Cannabichromene (CBC) Sedative; analgesic (pain relief) Learn More
Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCv) Mildly psychoactive; psychotropic (mood-altering, antidepressant); appetite suppression; limited research has shown potential benefits for treating Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and PTSD.  Learn More
Cannabidivarin (CBDv) Non-psychoactive; may serve to reduce the severity of seizures related to conditions like Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy. Learn More 

Precursor Cannabinoids

*Present prior to decarboxylation
 Cannabigerolic Acid (CBGa) Precursor molecule to THCA and CBDA. Has shown indications for treating glaucoma, GI issues, and cancer growth inhibition. Learn More
Tetrahydrocannabinolic Acid (THCa) Non-psychoactive initially but can be decarboxylated into Δ9-THC. Has shown it could be useful in treating inflammation, fighting cancer, and as a neuroprotectant. Learn More
Cannabidiolic Acid (CBDa) Precursor to CBD. Research is limited but has shown it could help with inflammation, anxiety, and GI issues. Learn More