5 Ways To Use Hemp Biomass

Hemp biomass may not be the most refined hemp product, but it certainly has its uses. As one of the cheapest types of hemp products to cultivate, biomass has quite a few nutraceutical, industrial, and even culinary applications. In this guide, we’ll examine the top 5 most notable uses of hemp biomass, and we’ll answer common hemp biomass questions.

What is hemp biomass?

Hemp biomass is a low-potency combination of outdoor-grown cannabis stalks, leaves, and buds that are usually ground together. High-potency hemp is not usually used to make biomass—instead, this wholesale hemp product is usually composed of mass-produced outdoor hemp and can be valuable for commercial products.

CBD biomass vs. fiber biomass

In the hemp biomass industry, a distinction is often made between CBD biomass and fiber biomass. CBD biomass is hemp biomass that is used for CBD extraction and fiber biomass is used for its fiber content only.

Fiber biomass doesn’t contain enough CBD to be usable for extraction. The buds that fiber biomass hemp plants bear are disregarded, and the whole crop is industrially harvested and processed.

What can you do with hemp biomass? 5 options

CBD and fiber biomass both have a variety of impressive uses. Here are the top 5 ways you can use hemp biomass profitably and efficiently:

1. Can you extract cannabinoids from hemp biomass?

Yes, CBD-rich biomass, commonly called “CBD biomass,” is often used as a source of the non-intoxicating hemp cannabinoid cannabidiol (CBD). Hemp crops considered to be biomass-grade can contain anywhere between 5-15% CBD, which is more than enough to be usable for extraction.

CBD extracted from biomass varies in grade based both on the quality of the plant material and the techniques used by extractors. Some biomass-extracted CBD rivals the quality of the best pure-bud extracts, but CBD extract derived from biomass can also be low-quality if sourced from the wrong supplier. If the starting material isn’t graded high enough to be used for better-quality extracts, CBD biomass can always be used to make CBD isolate, an ultra-purified type of CBD extract consisting solely of the cannabidiol molecule.

2. Is hemp biomass a good source of terpenes?

Depending on its grade, hemp biomass can be a reasonably good source of terpenes even if it doesn’t bear usable quantities of CBD. All hemp flowers naturally contain some concentration of terpenes, but outdoor plants express lower concentrations of these aromatic plant oils, and the terpenes they do express are more prone to damage. As a result, hemp biomass is not an especially popular source of terpenes, but extracting these aromatic oils from biomass is technically possible.

3. Can you use hemp biomass for fiber?

Yes, hemp biomass is an excellent source of fibers that can be used for a variety of purposes including:

– Textiles
– Paper
– Insulation
– Building materials
– & more

Hemp biomass can be used as an excellent source of fiber regardless of its grade. Used as a source of strong, durable fiber for millennia, hemp is unlikely to lose favor as a fiber crop any time soon.

4. Can hemp be used for energy?

Yes, it is possible to derive usable quantities of energy from hemp biomass. Like corn, it’s possible to use the entire hemp plant to make ethanol, and hemp seed oil can be used to make biodiesel¹. At this point, the global capacity to use hemp for energy production is minimal, but since this hardy plant grows well in practically any environment, some clean energy advocates believe hemp could someday become a major source of renewable fuel.

5. Can you make hemp into building materials?

Yes, hemp fiber derived from biomass is used to make a variety of different low-cost and high-durability building materials². Hemp fiber is a great source of insulation, for instance, and it’s possible to combine hemp fiber with simple materials to make hempcrete, a remarkably strong form of plant-based concrete. Production of renewable building materials is a great way to use low-grade hemp biomass that would otherwise be discarded as a waste product.

Hemp biomass FAQs

Now that you know the best ways to use hemp biomass, let’s finish up by answering common hemp biomass questions:

How many ways can you use hemp?

It’s estimated that you can make up to 25,000 different products using the hemp plant³. Hemp flower and cannabinoid extracts are among the most popular hemp products, but some examples of the myriad of additional products you can make with hemp include hemp seed oil, hemp soap, hempcrete, hemp paper, hemp fiber for textiles, and dozens of other useful items.

How much does hemp biomass sell for?

The price of hemp biomass varies depending on its grade. High-quality hemp biomass with high cannabinoid concentrations, for instance, costs considerably more than low-potency biomass only useful for its fiber. Contact GVB Biopharma today for an accurate bulk hemp biomass quote.

How do you store hemp biomass?

Hemp cultivation experts recommend that you dry hemp biomass prior to storage in a low-humidity, enclosed area kept at a steady temperature between 68 and 78 degrees. Then, you can store your dried biomass in airtight containers.

Some hemp cultivators choose to grind their dry biomass prior to storage, which makes it easier to store multiple pounds of biomass in large containers like plastic bags. Glass jars are also commonly used for hemp biomass storage—what matters is keeping your biomass cool and dry in a place that’s not exposed to ultraviolet light.

How long can you store hemp biomass?

Wrapped into bales and encased in plastic, hemp biomass can stay good for up to 6 months. Ground-up and processed into pellets, hemp biomass can still be usable after 18 months. You can also store ground-up biomass in a refrigerator to make it last even longer, but don’t expect any hemp biomass to be usable for more than 24 months after its drying date.

Is farming hemp profitable?

Lots of independent farmers started cultivating hemp after the ratification of the 2018 Farm Bill, but as many family farms learned, hemp is usually only profitable when grown in mass-scale environments. Established hemp producers have developed processes that allow them to continue growing high-grade biomass year after year.

What is hemp used for in food?

Only the seeds of the hemp plant are commonly used for culinary purposes. Hemp seeds contain an abundance of protein and nutritious oils, making them an excellent source of essential nutrients. Commonly processed into oil, hemp seeds contain all the amino acids necessary to compose a complete protein.

Less commonly, some people incorporate the leaves or even the stalks of hemp plants into their dishes. Offering less nutritional benefit than hemp seeds, the other parts of the hemp plant are nonetheless edible, offering endless opportunities for creativity.

How do you use hemp leaves?

Since they do not contain high concentrations of cannabinoids or essential nutrients, there aren’t a lot of ways the average person can use hemp leaves. Along with hemp stalks, though, hemp leaves are a great source of fiber of both dietary and industrial varieties.

Due to their delicate structure and high fiber content, hemp leaves are often used to produce higher-end hemp fiber products like hemp fiber. Hemp leaves and stalks are often combined, however, in industrial hemp biomass applications like insulation and other types of building materials.

Where can I buy hemp biomass in bulk?

The best way to buy biomass in bulk is to buy it online from a trusted, vertically-integrated hemp manufacturer. The sheer volume of available hemp biomass has exploded in the wake of the 2018 Farm Bill, but biomass varies significantly in terms of quality and value.

Only established operators have the resources and expertise to consistently produce high-quality hemp biomass. As you select the right online hemp biomass seller to fit your needs, look for a company that comes highly reviewed and has impressive certifications and credentials.

How do I know which type of biomass to buy?

As you choose the right type of hemp biomass for your purposes, remember that CBD-rich biomass is only the right choice if you’re planning to make CBD extracts. For other applications, hemp with negligible concentrations of CBD will do. Contact GVB Biopharma today for assistance in selecting the right type of hemp biomass.

Can you smoke hemp biomass?

No, hemp biomass is not usually “smokable-grade” or suitable for smoking. Instead, it is the coarse material either left behind after hemp production concludes or the lowest-grade outdoor hemp, consisting of small buds interspersed with leaves, stems, or even roots. Smoking biomass is strongly advised against unless otherwise directly specified on the product’s labeling.

How much CBD is in biomass?

Biomass generally contains between 5-15% CBD, depending on the grade. High-grade biomass is the most ideal for extraction, but it understandably costs more than low-grade hemp material due to its high cannabinoid concentrations. Always ask how much CBD is in your biomass before making a purchase. Only biomass with 10%+ CBD concentrations can command a high price in today’s market.

How much is hemp biomass per pound?

The price of hemp biomass per pound varies depending on the grade, the cannabinoid concentration, and a variety of other factors. Expect to pay less than you would for smokable-grade flower or processed hemp extracts. In most cases, biomass is the cheapest type of cannabinoid-rich bulk product you can buy.

What are hemp biomass pellets?

In some cases, hemp biomass is offered in the form of condensed, pressed pellets, which are easier to store and transport. Some cannabinoid producers prefer hemp biomass pellets due to their increased portability, but they are also more expensive due to the labor that goes into their production.

If you decide to purchase hemp biomass pellets, make sure to determine their exact cannabinoid concentration ahead of time. You want to be certain that the increased cost of receiving hemp in pellet form closely correlates with improved concentrations of cannabinoids per volume. Contact a client care representative if you have any further questions regarding available hemp biomass product types.


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CBC Guide

Discovered in 1966¹, cannabichromene, or CBC, has been a core component of cannabis research for more than half a century despite being overshadowed by THC and CBD. There’s a lot we still don’t concretely know about CBC, but everything we’ve learned so far indicates this natural cannabinoid is well-worth extensive study. Let’s explore what CBC is, what it does, and the most important facts surrounding this uniquely beneficial cannabinoid.


What is CBC?

Cannabichromene (CBC) is a natural cannabinoid found in Cannabis sativa. Like other cannabinoids, it comes from a parent molecule, an acidic precursor known as cannabichromenic acid (CBCa). CBCa is different from the acid forms of CBD and THC in that it does not come from CBGa, which is often misconceived as the only “stem cell” cannabinoid.

CBC appears to be the molecular head of its own little “family” of cannabinoids, which includes CBT (cannabicitran), a rare but fascinating natural cannabinoid² with many unique forms. Perhaps due to its slightly distanced lineage, CBC is known for its unique effects.³ Still generally considered to be non-intoxicating like CBD, the effects of CBC are often described as ‘energizing’.

What is CBC made from?

At this point, breeders have not yet succeeded in cultivating cannabis plants that are naturally high in CBC. Concentrations of this cannabinoid in cannabis flowers rarely exceed 1%, necessitating an alternative source of CBC.

Thankfully, the acidic precursor of CBG, CBGa, can be converted into CBCa relatively easily. Then, it’s simply a matter of decarboxylating CBCa into its final form, CBC, which occurs at temperatures exceeding 250° F.4

How is CBC different from CBD?

CBC is different from CBD in terms of chemical structure, pharmacokinetics in the human body, and reported effects. While mimicking CBD in some ways, CBC interacts with a different set of neuroreceptors in the body and brain, and some users report that the effects of CBC are energizing while CBD is usually described as relaxing or even soporific (may cause drowsiness).

It’s worth noting that CBD is also different from CBC in terms of popularity. As a lesser-known cannabinoid, CBC product offerings are less diverse, but reliable CBC extracts can now be sourced, and many CBC products are now on-par with CBD in terms of safety and quality.

Can you take CBD and CBC together?

Yes, there is no indication that ingesting CBD and CBC together should present any specific dangers. In fact, all the available evidence indicates that combining cannabinoids increases their effectiveness, a phenomenon cannabis scientists have dubbed the “entourage effect.”5

Keep in mind, though, that CBD and CBC use the same neuroreceptors for metabolism, so both cannabinoids run the risk of interfering with certain common prescription medications. In general, drugs that come with “grapefruit warnings” are incompatible with cannabinoids. Consumers can consult with physicians if they are concerned about potential CBC drug interactions.

What are the effects of the cannabinoid CBC?

Like CBD, the cannabinoid CBC is generally believed to be non-intoxicating even though its effects differ somewhat from those of CBD. Since the exact pharmacokinetics of CBC have yet to be fully established, scientists aren’t exactly sure why CBC often seems to be more energizing while CBD feels more relaxing.

Whatever the reason behind the differing effects of CBD and CBC, rest assured that neither cannabinoid will cause intoxication. The vast majority of cannabinoids are non-intoxicating, so this similarity between CBD and CBC shouldn’t come as much of a surprise.

What are the benefits of CBC?

So far, CBC has been investigated for a variety of potential benefits. Based on existing evidence, it’s too soon to make any concrete assumptions regarding the benefits of CBC, but there’s plenty of research to look at as you draw your own conclusions regarding the potential usefulness of this non-intoxicating cannabinoid. Let’s take a look at the four potential applications for which CBC has been researched the most: pain, neurological health, skin health, and depression:

Is CBC good for pain?

CBC has been included in studies conducted into the usefulness of cannabinoids for pain.6 The results of this research revealed possible analgesic properties in the compound and have encouraged scientists to conduct further research in  the pain-relief potential of CBC and other cannabinoids. Expect future research into cannabinoids and pain to increasingly include CBC as a focus.

Is CBC good for your brain?

Scientists have become very interested in the activity of CBC within the human nervous system. Out of all the cannabinoids so far discovered in hemp, CBC appears to exert some of the most activity within the brain and the rest of the nervous system, leading to a 2013 study conducted into the impact of CBC on neural stem cells7 along with other related research.

Is CBC good for your skin?

Some research has been conducted into the impact of CBC on acne and other skin conditions.8  There is not enough conclusive evidence to understand how CBC affects your skin to draw any conclusions, but interest in CBC-infused topicals is certainly on the rise.

Is CBC good for depression?

Due to its observed neurological activity, scientists have become curious about the usefulness of CBC for depression and related conditions.9  Future research may tell us more about the ability of CBC and other cannabinoids to help with common psychological maladies, but there currently is not enough evidence to draw any firm conclusions. 

What is the right dose for CBC?

We don’t know enough about the cannabinoid CBC yet to make any specific recommendations regarding dosing. All the available evidence indicates, however, that CBC is very well-tolerated in human bodies—just like CBD. 

Is CBC legal?

Under most circumstances, CBC is considered to be a hemp cannabinoid as per the 2018 Farm Bill—just like CBD. As a result, this non-intoxicating cannabinoid is not a federally scheduled substance, and CBC products are widely sold online. Analysts generally contend that CBC is in the same legal category as CBD along with all other natural cannabinoids aside from delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (delta 9 THC).

Where can I buy CBC?

The cannabinoid CBC is widely available online in the form of both finished products and isolated extracts. You can buy CBC online in any desired quantity just like any other hemp cannabinoid, and CBC products are offered in both retail and wholesale quantities.

CBC products vary in terms of quality, though, so choose your online supplier with discretion. Fully vertically integrated cannabinoid suppliers with comprehensive certifications and lab reports offer the most reliability and value when it comes to CBC products.

Can I buy CBC in bulk?

Yes, both finished CBC products and CBC extracts are offered in bulk quantities. With demand for CBC rising as consumers learn more about this cannabinoid’s unique benefits, CBC products usually offer excellent sell-through provided that their potential benefits are conveyed effectively. Consult with your bulk cannabinoid supplier for more information on popular CBC product formulations.

What types of wholesale CBC products are there?

The cannabinoid CBC is commonly offered in the form of an isolated extract. CBC isolate is often sold in bulk as-is, but it’s also possible to buy pre-formulated, CBC-infused products such as vapes and topicals. Both oil-based and water-based CBC topicals are offered wholesale online, and you can take your pick between orally ingested products like capsules, tablets, and tinctures. The sky’s the limit when it comes to customized CBC-infused product formulations—contact GVB Biopharma today to learn more.

What are the “big 6” cannabinoids?

The cannabinoids THC, CBD, CBC, CBN, CBG, and THCV are sometimes referred to as the “big 6” due to the amount of research conducted on these compounds alone. However, each of the 100+ cannabinoids discovered in hemp offer unique benefits,and there are many different variants of each big 6 cannabinoid. Examples of additional cannabinoids that are starting to attract more research include CBDV, CBT, and CBL.


1. What is cannabichromene good for?

Currently, our understanding of CBC is limited, making it challenging to say what it might be good for. There’s some evidence, however, that cannabichromene might interact with your body and brain’s TRP receptors, which regulate inflammation. So, scientists are keenly researching the potential anti-inflammatory properties of CBC even though we don’t know enough to draw any definitive conclusions.

2. What is the difference between CBG and CBC?

Chemically speaking, CBG and CBC are relatively different. Researchers have recently realized that CBG serves as something like a “stem cell” for the popular and well-known cannabinoids THC and CBD. In the same way, CBC serves as a stem cell for its own group of cannabinoids, which are structurally distinct from their CBG-group counterparts.

Based on the small amount of evidence we’ve accumulated so far, it’s possible that CBC and CBG might be alike in offering effects that are more energizing than those offered by CBD. In terms of benefits and potential medicinal applications, though, it’s too soon to say for either CBG or CBC.

3. What is the difference between CBN and CBC?

While CBN is a derivative of THC that occurs due to oxidative stress, CBC is a unique compound that develops inside budding hemp flowers. It would be theoretically possible, for instance, to breed hemp plants that contain high concentrations of CBC, something that cannot be done with CBN since it only occurs after hemp has been harvested.

4. What is cannabichromene oil?

The term “cannabichromene oil” is sometimes used to refer to concentrated hemp extracts that contain CBC. It can also refer to CBC tinctures in the same way that tinctures with CBD are called “CBD oil.”


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CBDa Guide

CBDa, cannabidiolic acid, is the precursor of  CBD. Nonetheless, this rare compound is less well-known than its end-product, cannabidiol. In this guide, you’ll learn about CBDa, the special benefits it might offer, and how to choose the best CBDa products on the market

What is CBDa?

Scientists have identified CBDa as the substance in hemp that is decarboxylated into CBD. As such, CBDa is the carboxylic acid-bearing precursor of the non-intoxicating cannabinoid, CBD. Carboxylic acid is a highly oxidized chemical side-group that liberates CO2 upon further oxidation. All cannabinoids are created with carboxylic acid groups that oxidize to create their final forms. This process is known as decarboxylation.

CBDa isn’t at the beginning of the cannabinoid synthesis pathway, though. CBGa, cannabigerolic acid, is the parent molecule that precedes both CBDa and CBD. CBGa is sometimes called the “stem cell of cannabinoids” because it is the common precursor of both popular cannabinoids, like CBC, THC, and CBD, and minor cannabinoids. CBGa transforms into CBDa when it is exposed to a natural enzyme (CBDa synthase) that cannabis expresses as it matures.

Research into CBDa indicates that this cannabinoid precursor may have unique benefits that significantly boost its value.

What is CBDa made from?

CBDa is generally extracted directly from hemp flowers prior to decarboxylation or enzymatically converted from CBGa. CBDa is not regularly synthesized because it is abundant in all CBD-rich forms of hemp and is easy to convert from CBGa found in the flowers.

Extracting CBDa from hemp without triggering decarboxylation is a relatively tricky process that requires great expertise.

How is CBDa different from CBD?

CBDa and CBD are more similar than they are different. The chemical composition of these two molecules only differs by a single chemical modification. CBDa converts into CBD quite easily, especially when heated.

Nonetheless, the scientific community has found minor, yet significant, differences between CBD and CBDa. These differences may one day prove useful because an increasing number of CBD-related therapies are being investigated for specific medical conditions.

Does CBDa turn into CBD?

Yes, CBDa naturally decarboxylates into CBD under stress conditions, such as excessive heat or light. For example, when exposed to temperatures exceeding 245° F,¹, CBDa decarboxylates to form CBD. CBDa can also turn into CBD when exposed to UV light or other sources of oxidation. CBD, then, becomes more stable with a slightly altered chemical structure.

Is CBDa more effective than CBD?

Researchers believe CBDa could be more effective than CBD for specific conditions. There is insufficient conclusive evidence about either CBDa or CBD to make any assumptions, regarding the medical utility of either cannabinoid. At present, pharmaceutical companies have not produced any CBDa-based drugs.

Can you take CBDa and CBD together?

There is no evidence suggesting CBDa and CBD should not be consumed at the same time.

If you find a good way to ingest CBDa and CBD at the same time, you might trigger the entourage effect, a form of cannabinoid synergy scientists believe may enhance the potency of hemp compounds. One excellent way to consume CBD and CBDa at the same time is in the form of a capsule, allowing your body to absorb both unique hemp compounds at once.

What are the effects of CBDa?

There is not enough evidence to determine all the experienced effects of CBDa. Anecdotal evidence, produced by CBDa consumers online, seems to indicate that the effects of CBDa closely mirror those of CBD. CBDa is sometimes described as being more potent than CBD, but it is just as common to find the two cannabinoids described as offering similar levels of potency.

What are the benefits of CBDa?

We don’t know enough about the effects of CBDa to make any definitive conclusions. But that doesn’t mean scientists haven’t learned anything at all about this cannabinoid. Let’s recap some of the most interesting research that has been conducted into cannabidiolic acid so far:

Is CBDa good for pain?

If you haven’t heard anything else about CBDa, you might have come across rumors that this cannabinoid has up to 100 times the affinity for your 5-HT1A receptors than CBD. It all stems from a 2018 review article by Ethan Russo² that detailed the status of CBDa research at that time. Since your 5-HT1A receptors govern mood, blood pressure, hormonal secretion, memory,  pain transmission, and nausea, expect  CBDa to be included in future research on many important medical conditions.

Is CBDa anti-inflammatory?

In the human body, inflammation is largely regulated by the TRP family of receptors, COX-2, and PPAR gamma. Significant research has been conducted on the relationship between these critical mediators of inflammation and CBD. Research into the anti-inflammatory properties of CBDa³ is very promising. So far, we know that CBDa increases TRPA1 and TRPV1, and decreases TRPM8, leading to pain reduction. CBDa reduces levels of the pro-inflammatory molecule, COX-2, while increasing the levels of the neuroprotective molecule, PPAR gamma.

Is CBDa good for sleep?

Some preliminary research⁴ indicates that stabilized CBDa analogues can promote wakefulness without disturbing important aspects of regular sleep. While this does not suggest CBDa would make a great sleep aid, it may improve the wakefulness of those who’ve had too little sleep.

Is CBDa good for anxiety?

The brain’s 5-HT1A receptors play a significant role in anxiety⁵ Preliminary research demonstrates that CBDa shows promise for combating both stress-induced⁶ and trauma-induced⁷ anxiety.

Does CBDa get you high?

No, CBDa is like CBD in that it is not intoxicating. In general, the effects of cannabinoid precursors are very similar to the effects of their stable cannabinoid products.

Does CBDa have any side effects?

We don’t have enough data to determine whether the side effect profile of CBDa varies significantly from that of CBD. Anecdotal evidence indicates that the side effects of CBDa are likely mild and akin to the most common side effects of CBD (namely dry mouth, tiredness, and low blood pressure).

What does CBDa do to your body?

From what we understand so far, CBDa appears to operate very similarly to CBD in the human body. It appears to interact with roughly the same neuroreceptors as CBD, but CBDa may have more affinity for some receptors and less for others. Scientists are very intrigued, for instance, by CBDa’s enhanced activity at your 5-HT1A receptors.

How fast does CBDa work?

Preliminary research suggests that the bioavailability of CBDa may be higher than that of CBD, so you might experience the onset of effects more quickly with CBDa, regardless of how you take it. The activation time of any cannabinoid is dependent upon the method you use to ingest it.

Inhaled cannabinoids produce the fastest effects (30-60 seconds) and topicals also act quickly at the area of application (3-10 minutes). Orally ingested cannabinoids take considerably longer (30-45 minutes) to produce an effect.

Where can I buy CBDa near me?

CBDa products are now widely available online. This precursor to CBD is commonly sold in bulk. It is also formulated into finished products, like tinctures, topicals, and capsules. Less stable and harder to extract than CBD, CBDa extract is usually only available in isolate form. You can use CBDa isolate to make practically any type of product.

What kinds of wholesale CBDa products are there?

CBDa can be formulated into almost any conceivable type of finished product. Capsules, tinctures, and gummies are among the most popular, but CBDa topicals are gaining ground in the alternative skincare community. Since  CBDa naturally converts to CBD when heated, inhalable CBDa products aren’t currently viable.


Widen your knowledge of CBDa in the FAQ section below:

1. How do you use CBDa?

In most cases, CBDa is used in the same way that CBD is used. These cannabinoids are, after all, very similar. CBD has already paved the way with product types as varied as tinctures, capsules, gummies, topicals, and vapes.

That’s where the similarities end. While CBD can be heated to high temperatures in products like vapes, heating CBDa would transform it into CBD, erasing any of its unique benefits. As a result, CBDa is only used in product types that do not involve the application of heat above 200°F.

2. How strong is CBDa?

Overall, the strength of CBDa vs. CBD has not been adequately assessed to provide a quantitative comparison. It does appear that CBDa may affect certain parts of the nervous system more strongly than CBD. CBDa might be less effective than CBD in other ways.

3. What is full-spectrum CBDa?

The term “full-spectrum CBDa” is used to refer to CBDa extracts that retain the full entourage of cannabinoids and terpenes naturally present in hemp concentrate. In contrast to broad-spectrum extract (where THC has been removed) and CBDa isolate (where everything aside from CBDa has been removed), full-spectrum CBDa is considered to be the more natural, entourage effect-enhanced option.

4. How does CBDa make you feel?

Most users indicate that CBDa makes them feel roughly the same as CBD. Some users indicate that they find CBDa to be more effective against neurological conditions and mood disorders. This is all based on anecdotal evidence that has yet to be verified in a clinical setting.


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Cannabinoids and Nutrition Explained

None of the information mentioned in this article should be taken as nutritional advice. 

The role cannabinoids play in nutrition is often overlooked in discussions of the science of cannabis. It’s generally understood that cannabinoids like CBD and THC don’t have any direct nutritional value, and this assumption is essentially true.

The story of cannabinoids and nutrition goes much deeper, though. In this guide, familiarize yourself with the basics of cannabis nutrition, and discover all the ways cannabinoids might impact human nutrition.

Basics of nutrition

The human body needs a variety of substances called nutrients to survive. Nutrients promote growth, provide nourishment and energy while maintaining life. These substances are generally separated into “macronutrients,” which are needed in great quantities, and “micronutrients,” which are needed in much smaller quantities. Examples of essential macronutrients include fat, protein and carbohydrates while, examples of essential micronutrients include vitamin C, calcium, and zinc.

The human body only flourishes when provided with a diet filled with essential macronutrients and micronutrients. These nutrients are found in many different forms of Cannabis sativa plant and animal life, and the Cannabis sativa plant has been identified as a great source of certain essential and non-essential macronutrients and micronutrients.

What Is CBE?

Can you eat cannabis?

Yes, every part of the Cannabis sativa plant is edible, and cannabis appears to have considerable nutritional value. The fibrous stalks and leaves, while not optimal for human digestion, are excellent sources of certain dietary fibers. s contain large amounts of nutrients, including protein, minerals, fatty acids, and dietary fiber. The fatty acids in hemp seeds are rich in the highly beneficial omega fatty acids.

While the whole cannabis plant is technically edible, only certain parts of the plant are ideal for human consumption. Traditionally, cannabis seeds have been the most commonly used for nutritional purposes, though the eating of cannabis leaves for their nutritional value is not unknown.

Does cannabis have nutritional value?

Yes, the various parts of cannabis offer nutritional value in different ways. The most nutritious part of the cannabis plant is the seed due to its high fat and protein content, but cannabis leaves are also notable for containing essential micronutrients. These include vitamin E, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, iron, zink, and an array of B vitamins. Furthermore, cannabis flower may offer an indirect nutritional benefit due to the antioxidant activity of cannabinoids and terpenes.

Which parts of the cannabis plant are nutritious?

Let’s break down the nutritional value of cannabis part by part:

Do cannabis seeds have nutritional value?

Yes, even if they’re commonly overlooked in preference of hemp seeds for culinary purposes. Some inspired chefs include cannabis leaves in salads and other green dishes, and consuming cannabis leaves will provide your body with lots of essential macronutrients and micronutrients.

Which nutrients are contained in cannabis seeds?

According to the USDA, 2 tablespoons (28 g) of hemp seeds contain: 3.3 g carbohydrates, 9.2 g protein, 12.3 g fat, and 2 g fiber.

Hemp seeds are especially notable for containing all nine amino acids, offering a “complete” source of protein. They also contain abundant micronutrients including Vitamin E, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Potassium, B vitamins.

Do cannabis leaves have nutritional value? Yes, even if they’re commonly overlooked in preference of hemp seeds for culinary purposes. Some inspired chefs include cannabis leaves in salads and other green dishes, and consuming cannabis leaves will provide your body with lots of essential macronutrients and micronutrients.

Which nutrients are contained in cannabis leaves?

The main macronutrient present in cannabis leaves is dietary fiber. Leaves of cannabis and hemp plants also contain abundant micronutrients like Iron, Calcium, Vitamin K and Vitamin C.

Do cannabis stalks have nutritional value?

Cannabis stalks contain lots of dietary fiber, unfortunately these fibers are hard to digest when eaten raw or when added to dishes. Moreover, the micronutrient content in cannabis stalks is much lower than it is in cannabis leaves. As a result, stalks are generally not used for culinary purposes though they show great potential in industrial applications.

Do cannabis buds have nutritional value?

Cannabis buds contain the same amount of dietary fiber and micronutrients that are present in cannabis leaves, but the buds also contain cannabinoids and terpenes, powerful antioxidant compounds that may boost digestion indirectly. Cannabis buds should be ingested for their cannabinoid and terpene content since cannabis leaves will serve just as well for fiber and micronutrient purposes.

Do cannabinoids have nutritional value?

Cannabinoids, which are most abundant in the buds of cannabis and hemp plants, are not known to impart any direct nutritional value. They are not used in any of the metabolic systems that process micronutrients and macronutrients, but cannabinoids have been universally determined to have at least some degree of antioxidant activity.

As a result, ingesting cannabinoids orally may reduce digestive inflammation, thus improving the gut’s ability to absorb and process nutrients. Despite the lack of nutritional value in cannabinoids themselves, modern science is gradually coming to grips with the role oxidative stress may play in poor nutritional uptake, potentially making cannabinoids more important to nutrition than any other part of the hemp plant.

Could cannabinoids boost nutrition in other ways?

Despite not offering any nutritional value as micronutrients or macronutrients, certain cannabinoids may boost the overall functioning of your digestive system, making it easier for your body to process waste and send essential nutrients where they need to go. Let’s take a look at the available research on the impact of cannabinoids on oxidative stress and digestion:

Research into cannabinoids and digestion

The abstract of a 2005 academic paper on the role of cannabinoids in digestion begins by noting that the body uses endocannabinoids (body-generated cannabinoid-like compounds) extensively in the digestion process. Since phytocannabinoids (cannabinoids found in plants like cannabis) dramatically impact the operation of endocannabinoids in the body, the authors of this paper postulate that phytocannabinoids like CBD and THC may be valid targets of research into novel therapies for digestion-related conditions.

This research was followed up by a 2015 study into the impact of cannabinoids on the gut’s mucosal defense barrier. The authors of the study concluded that “the endocannabinoid system represents a promising target in the treatment of inflammatory bowel diseases,” indicating that cannabinoids may have a profound indirect impact on the digestion process.

Research into cannabinoids and inflammation

Your body’s ability to uptake nutrients is hampered by inflammation. Researchers have studied the anti-inflammatory potential of cannabinoids like CBD and THC in great detail, and both cannabinoids show promise in different ways. CBD has been researched extensively for its potential ability to combat almost every type of inflammation, gradually replacing THC as the primary target of cannabinoid inflammation research, a seemingly anti-inflammatory cannabinoid that nonetheless can cause unwanted inflammation under certain circumstances.

Do terpenes boost the digestive benefits of cannabinoids?

Unless ingested in isolated form, cannabinoids are always accompanied by terpenes, which along with flavonoids provide cannabis with its delicious flavors and aromas. In addition to their culinary value, terpenes are universally believed to offer anti-inflammatory benefits 6 to varying degrees. If you’re consuming cannabinoids for digestive purposes, therefore, it would make sense to ingest products that also contain natural terpenes found in cannabis.

While scientists have determined that virtually all discovered terpenes have some degree of anti-inflammatory or antioxidant potential, each terpene has a different chemical makeup and unique effects. Some of the terpenes that have been investigated for anti-inflammatory effects include limonene, pinene, myrcene and caryophyllene.

What are the best ways to consume cannabis for nutrition?

To take advantage of any potential nutritional benefits cannabinoids may impart, you will need to consume these cannabis compounds orally. Out of the various oral ingestion methods available for cannabinoids, capsules offer the greatest simplicity and purity while tinctures and gummies offer more opportunities for customization. It’s also possible to consume cannabis concentrate on its own, but research indicates that carrier oils improve the bioavailability of oral cannabinoids, which would make properly formulated oral cannabinoid products more effective.

The bottom line: Is cannabis a superfood?

Cannabis is often touted as a “superfood,” a popular term for a substance that has higher-than-usual nutritional benefits. This term might apply to the seeds of the cannabis plant, but the direct nutritional uses of other cannabis components appear to be much less impressive.

As we’re learning, though, nutrition is about a lot more than just the volume of macronutrients and micronutrients you ingest. The human gut is an extremely complex ecosystem with more than 100 million nerve endings, and modern science is gradually unveiling the massively important role inflammation plays in overall health.

Due to their impact on inflammation, cannabinoids may play a major, if indirect, role in human nutrition. The human digestive tract is, after all, largely controlled by a system composed of endogenous cannabinoid compounds, and cannabinoids like CBD and THC have been widely demonstrated to significantly impact the operation of the endocannabinoid system.

There are better ways to ingest cannabinoids and the other beneficial substances in cannabis than eating raw cannabis plants, though. Cannabis may only reach true “superfood” status when prepared into finished, formulated products. Cannabinoid-rich capsules, tinctures, and edibles, for instance, maximize the potential indirect nutritional value of cannabinoids while doing away with the unpalatable or inconvenient components of cannabis.

Cannabinoid nutrition facts FAQ

Learn more about the nutritional value of CBD and other cannabinoids below:

1. Does CBD have nutritional value?

Any potential nutritional value that CBD may offer has not yet been assessed. As we have discussed in this guide, CBD is not generally pursued its nutritional benefits but rather for its potential therapeutic properties. Scientists of the future may determine that CBD is useful for some nutritional purpose or another, but at this point, it remains unclear if CBD has any dietary value.

2. Does CBN have nutritional value?

We do not yet know if the cannabinoid cannabinol (CBN) has any nutritional value, but based on what we know about CBD, the chances are relatively small. Even though they may have differences that are significant from the point of view of medical science, cannabinoids share a basic chemical structure that does not appear to impart any nutritional value to the human digestive system. It would be very unlikely if CBN proved to be the exception to this rule.

3. Does CBG have nutritional value?

No, there is no evidence yet that the cannabinoid cannabigerol (CBG) offers any nutritional value. Like other cannabinoids, CBG has a chemical structure that does not appear to provide the body with energy or any other form of nutrition. Put another way, you cannot subsist on CBG just as you cannot subsist on any other discovered cannabinoid.

4. Are cannabinoids good for the body?

Despite the fact that scientists have not discovered any nutritional value in cannabinoids, these substances still appear to offer a great deal of bodily benefits. Some cannabinoids, for instance, appear to help with inflammation, which is the root cause of many serious medical conditions. As we learn more about cannabinoids, we’ll be able to make more definitive statements regarding the benefits they might offer the human body.


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How CBDv Interacts with Your System

CBDv is similar to CBD, but these two cannabinoids aren’t exactly alike. The differences between CBD and CBDv are sufficient to merit separate research into each compound. Scientists think CBDv might be useful in applications that CBD does not address.

In this guide, learn what CBDv is, how it differs from CBD, and how it interacts with our bodies. Then, discover where to find this rare, but highly promising, cannabinoid.

What is CBDv?

Cannabidivarin (CBDv) was first isolated in 1969¹ and found to be a homolog or natural variant of CBD. Scientists have discovered more than 100 unique cannabinoids in cannabis and hemp. Most of these substances are simply variations of a few core compounds. There are quite a few different types of CBD and CBDv is one of the more well-known variants.

What is the difference between CBDv and CBD?

CBDv is distinguished from CBD by comparing the side chains of both molecules. CBDv has a shortened, three-carbon-long, propyl side chain, while CBD has a longer, five-carbon-long, pentyl side chain. Until the discovery of CBDv, all cannabinoids were assumed to possess only pentyl side chains. There are two other cannabinoids that have the same side chain configuration as CBDv, THCv (tetrahydrocannabivarin) and CBGv (cannabigerovarin). All three, CBDv, CBGv, and THCv, are sometimes referred to as the “varin” cannabinoids.

The functional impact of this slightly different chemical structure on the effects of CBDv and other varin cannabinoids remains largely unknown. There’s a growing consensus that, while relatively minor, the differences between varin cannabinoids and cannabinoids with pentyl side chains are significant enough to merit additional inquiry.

How do cannabinoids work in the body?

Each cannabinoid interacts with your body differently. THC and THCv, for instance, powerfully stimulate your CB1 receptors, while CBD and CBDv do not. Most cannabinoids in the CBD family appear to interact with your TRP (specifically, TRPV1, TRPV2, and TRPA1) and 5HT receptors instead, without causing intoxication. These receptors mediate temperature or pain perception and nausea, respectively. Regardless of the particular cannabinoid in question, these cannabis and hemp compounds are usually well-tolerated and non-toxic.

How does CBDv interact with your system?

CBDv seems to interact with the human body like CBD. Compared to CBD, CBDv may have greater affinity for certain neuroreceptors and lesser affinity for others. For example, CBDv primarily binds to the neuroreceptors TRPV1, TRPV2, and TRPA1 – which are important receptors that regulate body processes, such as inflammation, temperature sensing, and pain perception. Still, not enough research has been conducted on the effects of CBDv in the human body, to draw any firm conclusions, regarding the exact pharmacodynamics of this cannabinoid.

Pharmacodynamics of CBDv

The various ways a compound impacts our bodies are referred to as the compound’s “pharmacodynamics.” The pharmacodynamics of CBD are only now being understood. There’s still much more to be discovered about CBDv and how its unique chemical structure might affect the ways it binds with CBD-interacting neuroreceptors. Initial research does indicate that CBDv might have greater affinity for GABA neuroreceptors than CBD, potentially making CBDv a superior therapeutic for certain issues with GABA signaling.

What does CBDv help with?

Through clinical trials, scientists have investigated the usefulness of CBDv for a handful of different medical conditions. For the most part, this variant of CBD shows similar activity to its more-popular relative. Consequently, CBDv might be uniquely useful for anxiety, inflammation, nausea, and neurological conditions.

Is CBDv good for anxiety?

A 2019 research study conducted into CBDv and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ADS)² uncovered unexpected data regarding CBDv and anxiety. By impacting the production of the neurotransmitter GABA, CBDv may be useful in treating anxiety and a variety of other psychiatric conditions.

Anxiety has been one of the main areas of research into the medicinal applications of CBD³ if studies show CBDv also has the potential to help with anxiety-related disorders, future anxiety treatments may feature both CBD and CBDv.

Is CBDv good for inflammation?

A recent study⁴ unveiled new information, showing CBDv can reduce gut inflammation in patients with ulcerative colitis. Given this exciting development, it’s possible that CBDv could be useful in quelling other causes of inflammation in other areas of the body.

Future research into CBDv and inflammation will likely consider CBD’s observed activity at the 5HT and TRP receptors. Both neuroreceptor families are usually involved in inflammation throughout the body. CBDv may have a  greater affinity than CBD for one or both of these receptors. It would be prudent to include CBDv in all new research into cannabinoids as pain therapies.

Is CBDv good for nausea?

In 2013, researchers combined two “varin” cannabinoids⁵ CBDv and THCv, in an effort to mitigate nausea. The results of this single study were highly promising, but they have yet to be substantiated with further research. If CBDv is just as good at mitigating nausea as forms of THC, it might become a significant source of relief for patients undergoing chemotherapy, who desire non-intoxicating THC alternatives.

Is CBDv good for neurological conditions?

The usefulness of CBDv has been investigated for a few different rare neurological conditions. In 2018, researchers sought to determine if CBDv might help with Rett syndrome⁶ (a rare genetic disorder that affects both growth and neurological development, especially in girls). In 2019, this research was followed up by a study into CBDv and Duchenne muscular dystrophy⁷ a rapidly progressive form of muscular dystrophy that primarily affects boys.


1. Where is CBDv found?

Cannabidivarin (CBDv) is a natural, minor cannabinoid found in cannabis and hemp. However, CBDv is only available at very low concentrations in botanical sources. Efforts to breed high-CBDv producing strains of cannabis are ongoing.

As a result, this cannabinoid is usually created using a simple chemical conversion process. The precursor to a different cannabinoid, such as CBD or CBG, is exposed to natural enzymes that cause it to turn into CBDva, the chemical precursor of CBDv. Then, this precursor transforms into stable CBDv via the decarboxylation process.

2. What are some examples of high-CBDv-producing strains?

At the moment, there is no such thing as a naturally high-CBDv producing strain. Some Cannabis indica strains might contain up to around 1% CBDv.  So, if you see hemp or cannabis advertised as high-CBDv, it has most certainly been sprayed with CBDv extract.

In the future, naturally, high-CBDv producing strains may become commercially available. However, this depends upon popular demand for this cannabinoid. Right now, if you want to experience CBDv at its most desirable potency, you’d need to consume it in a concentrated form.

3. Where can I buy CBDv for sale?

High-quality CBDv extracts are available online. The process of synthesizing CBDv from other cannabinoids is not particularly tricky. So CBDv extracts are available in a variety of different forms, including isolate, distillate, and water-dispersible preparations.

In some cases, finished CBDv consumer products may also be available. Examples of popular bulk CBDv products include capsules, gummies, and vapes.

4. Is CBDv safe?

Not enough research has been conducted to draw any firm conclusions, but everything we know so far indicates that CBDv is just as safe as CBD. Numerous studies have confirmed CBD as being remarkably well-tolerated in the human body.

The international cannabinoid company, GW Pharmaceuticals, recently conducted a clinical study into the safety of CBDv in children⁸ Once the results of this trial are published, we will know more about the safety of CBDv in comparison to CBD, other cannabinoids, and current conventional treatments for epilepsy.

5. Can you use CBDv and CBD together?

Yes, there is no indication that any negative effects will occur if you combine CBDv and CBD. In fact, ample scientific evidence indicates that combining any natural cannabinoids results in a type of synergy, called the entourage effect⁹.

To take the entourage effect one step further, throw terpenes into the mix as well. Some research indicates that terpenes contribute just as much to cannabis synergy¹⁰ as cannabinoids.

6. What is CBDva?

Cannabidivarinic acid (CBDva) is the carboxylic acid precursor to CBDv. Before any cannabinoid reaches its final form, it begins life as a carboxylic acid, an unstable compound that naturally stabilizes through the process of decarboxylation.

As a result, CBDva plays a critical role in the production of CBDv. At present, there isn’t any research, indicating that CBDva offers considerable benefits above and beyond those of CBDv.

7. What does CBDv stand for?

The acronym CBDv stands for “cannabidivarin.” The scientific name of this natural cannabis compound denotes its similarities and differences to CBD. The first half of the name is identical between the two cannabinoids, but “varin” places CBDv in a separate class of cannabinoids that’s also home to similar variants, like THCv and CBGv. Remember, that varin refers to the shorter side chain each of these variants share.

8. Does CBDv get you high?

No, CBDv is like CBD in that it does not have intoxicating effects. CBDv is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid. Users report that the effects of CBD and CBDv feel virtually indistinguishable even though these two cannabinoids may exert considerably different pharmacological effects inside the human body. Expect CBDv to make you feel relaxed and maybe a little bit sleepy.

9. What is CBDv good for?

Based on what little we know so far, scientists of the future may determine that CBDv has therapeutic potential for inflammation. More research needs to be conducted into the properties of this rare cannabinoid to know for certain what types of useful properties it possesses. Nevertheless, it’s safe to assume that the benefits of CBDv will closely correspond to those of CBD, since the two cannabinoids are very chemically similar.

10. How does CBDv make you feel?

Most people who use this cannabinoid indicate that CBDv makes them feel mostly the same way that CBD makes them feel. Some users with inflammatory conditions report increased levels of relief when using CBDv versus CBD. Overall, CBDv should provide experienced effects that are very similar to that of CBD — you won’t feel intoxicated after using CBDv.

11. What types of CBDv products are there?

Right now, CBDv is a very rare cannabinoid that is only available in isolated concentrates, normally used for research purposes. In the future, though, it would be reasonable to expect the emergence of a full array of CBDv products that closely mirrors the spectrum present in the CBD market today. Just as there are dozens of different CBD tinctures, gummies, capsules, and topicals to choose from now, you should assume that these same kinds of products will eventually become widely available with CBDv as the main ingredient.

12. Is there CBDv in hemp flower?

To our knowledge, there are no strains of hemp whose flower is high in the cannabinoid, CBDv. That’s part of the reason CBDv is so hard to come by — cannabinoids become much easier to source once they are available in hemp in large concentrations. Eventually, CBDv-rich hemp strains will likely appear on the market as demand for this rare cannabinoid grows.


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