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 May 31, 2015

thc marijuana cannabis skin allergiesFor a very long time, the only cannabinoid that people talked about was THC. THC was first discovered in 1964 at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel, by Dr. Raphael Mechoulam and his colleagues, Dr. Yehiel Gaoni and Dr. Haviv Edery. THC is the cannabinoid in marijuana that creates a euphoric effect. But there are many other cannabinoids that are found in marijuana. The most talked about cannabinoid right now is CBD. CBD has been proven to possess a lot of medical benefits, especially for those suffering from epilepsy.

So how many different cannabinoids are there in marijuana? That’s a timely question to ask, as this month seven more cannabinoids were discovered. Per High Times:

Ole Miss is at again. With their research-grade cannabis finally up to par with that of dispensaries, the weed scientists at the University of Mississippi have taken full advantage of the potent pot: seven new naturally occurring cannabinoids have been discovered.

Depending on the genetic makeup of a strain of cannabis, the resinous trichomes of female plants will produce mainly THC or CBD, with high CBG detected in few European hemp samples. Whether a plant has high THC or CBD, a diverse slew of minor cannabinoids always top off the mixture.

Many modern labs dedicated to testing cannabis can give you a percentage of major cannabinoids and a few minor cannabinoids, but none so far have the capability to give you a full cannabinoid fingerprint. It’s not out of laziness; such an analysis would take weeks and thousands of dollars given the current technology. Scientists have discovered 104 different cannabinoids in the cannabis plant through painstaking labor, and it seems that number just climbed to 111.

There are currently 111 known cannabinoids, but there are almost certainly more waiting to be discovered. Each cannabinoid can provide varying levels of medical benefit, and research has shown that each cannabinoid works the best when they are combined. It’s called the ‘entourage effect’ and that’s why CBD-only public policies are deficient. Patients benefit the most from, and deserve safe access to, the whole plant. If you live in a CBD-only state, keep fighting until all the cannabinoids are free!

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  • Johnny Bloomington

    Good news!

    • Joseph

      The number 111 is significant in neumorology, it’s interesting since that number is associated with new beginning, such as weed being legal etc.

  • darthhillbilly

    Even more reason that the so-called “War on Drugs” is a crime against American people. If not for Prohibitionist thinking Marijuana would be hailed as the new “miracle” drug. I wouldn’t be surprised if it were found to cure the common cold.

  • PhDScientist

    Please call your Senators, Representatives, and the White House comment line and ask them to remove Marijuana from Schedule 1 immediately.

  • PhDScientist

    I’m heartbroken over the death of Beau Biden. For Joe and Jill to lose their son after Joe had lost his first wife and his other child in the 1972 car crash must be especially devastating.

    Every minute we lose another American to Cancer. Each on of them was someone’s son or daughter, and if they were lucky, someone’s father or mother.

    The results many patients are seeing with High Dose Medical Marijuana Oil Therapy (HDMMOT), even for stage 4 Cancers, are truly amazing.

    We owe every American who needs it the right to have safe, legal, access to Medical Marijuana.

    • Robert Ireland

      Senior Biden and likely junior, too. Both were undoubtedly aware of this entire debate. They chose to deny the Tree of Life. So be it. Amen.

    • Ricky

      “Biden has sponsored more damaging drug war
      legislation than any Democrat in Congress. Hate the way federal
      prosecutors use RICO laws to take aim at drug offenders? Thank Biden.
      How about the abomination that is federal asset forfeiture laws? Thank
      Biden. Think federal prosecutors have too much power in drug cases?
      Thank Biden. Think the title of a “Drug Czar” is sanctimonious and
      silly? Thank Biden, who helped create the position (and still considers
      it an accomplishment worth boasting about)”

      I feel bad for the death of his son. But Biden can burn for all I care.

      • Gedoff Mylon

        >>>”I feel bad for the death of his son. But Biden can burn for all I care.”

        I don’t. He was closely involved with various credit card companies, and the “reformed” bankruptcy laws that screwed the consumer.

        They can both burn.

    • Wizard6x9

      Joe Biden has been actively preaching the dangers of cannabis use, if he would have taken his morally political ideology and looked at the scientific evidence and allowed his son to use cannabis, his child may still be alive.

    • Wizard6x9

      Joe Biden has been actively preaching the dangers of cannabis use, if he would have taken his morally political ideology and looked at the scientific evidence and allowed his son to use cannabis, his child may still be alive.

    • Karen Ferguson

      I’m heart-broken, too. I feel negligent. I’m doing what I can..but it doesn’t seem enough.
      Thank you for your post! I feel ‘part of’ when one shares exactly what I am feeling.
      A new friend in the biz, Cricket, said to me, “Yup, Karen, it sure is easy to become a felon these days.”
      I cracked up because it was so succinct but it’s sadly, too true.

    • Karen Ferguson

      I’m heart-broken, too. I feel negligent. I’m doing what I can..but it doesn’t seem enough.
      Thank you for your post! I feel ‘part of’ when one shares exactly what I am feeling.
      A new friend in the biz, Cricket, said to me, “Yup, Karen, it sure is easy to become a felon these days.”
      I cracked up because it was so succinct but it’s sadly, too true.

  • PhDScientist

    20 years ago, I said “Marijuana is a rain forest in a single plant.” I stand by that statement. It is immoral to leave Marijuana illegal for even one minute longer. Its one of the most important moral issues of our time!

  • Lawrence Goodwin

    Very cool little update, Johnny Green! For 15 years, despite aggressive “marihuana” law enforcement and the extremely depressing subservience of local media in my home state of New York, I’ve been fascinated by the limitless potential of cannabis plants. Articles like these indicate that such an obsession is fully justified. We are only beginning to see WHY cannabis cultivation has been so tyrannically resisted by federal, state and local lawmakers for nearly 8 full decades–the same time period in which synthetic pharmaceutical companies came to dominate (with their advertising and bribes, a.k.a. campaign contributions) the whole medical system of the United States. The suffering and death of Americans, who might have derived real relief from medical cannabis, is a CRIME. We should demand life in federal prison for ALL public officials and corporate executives who keep blocking repeal of this criminal cannabis prohibition.

  • Karen Ferguson

    Sheesh. I guess one is supposed to hit “post” instead of onto the next ‘right thing’….
    Thank you, Johnny. I only knew about 80 something cannabinoids. I think the ONE thing that was drilled into my head were the words “entourage effect” or synergistic effect…meaning the whole plant. Let’s not follow ‘big pharma’ tenets when it comes to making leaf medicine. Reductionism doesn’t belong in true healing. Love these articles.
    I’m still wondering why a vape pen would be created without the terpenes?

  • Karen Ferguson

    Sheesh. I guess one is supposed to hit “post” instead of onto the next ‘right thing’….
    Thank you, Johnny. I only knew about 80 something cannabinoids. I think the ONE thing that was drilled into my head were the words “entourage effect” or synergistic effect…meaning the whole plant. Let’s not follow ‘big pharma’ tenets when it comes to making leaf medicine. Reductionism doesn’t belong in true healing. Love these articles.
    I’m still wondering why a vape pen would be created without the terpenes?

  • Kwame Bints

    Powerful information

  • Gedoff Mylon

    Good stuff to know.

    Leafly.com currently lists 1817 strains. They have an Advanced Filter for selecting them based on your medical condition and other things (flavor, etc.).