chemicals in cannabis

Different Types of Chemicals Found in Cannabis

February 15, 2018

You may not know but a cannabis plant is totally a wonder with about a total of 483 chemical constituents on it. And with these 483 compounds, only 66 of these are unique only to the cannabis plant. These 66 compounds are referred to as cannabinoids for which has been known to induce medicinal benefits to human health. Thus, most common and prominent of these 66 compounds are THC, CBD, and CBN.

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)

Also called THC, this compound exists in two forms, the delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol and delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol. These chemicals are highly responsible for the euphoric effects of the drug. This chemical is said to induce creativity and boosts energy upon taking it. A lot of cannabis enthusiasts smoke out for the THC content of the plant.

Cannabinol (CBN) and Cannabidiol (CBD)

These compounds are known on counteracting the effects of THC into a cannabis plant. Instead of making people “high”, this chemical relaxes and comforts people’s mind helping them to think and concentrate well on things. These chemicals have been known to have a lot of therapeutic benefits and use on treating cancer, multiple sclerosis, and epilepsy.
These 66 compounds are grouped into 10 classifications. Specifically, the grouping is done based on the chemical structure of these compounds. Compounds who have single chemical moiety are grouped together into the same classification.
Likewise, the four above mentioned (9-THC, 8-THC, CBN, and CBD) are part of the named 10 classifications. Other 6 of these includes Cannabichromene (CBC), Cannabicyclol (CBL), Cannabielsoin (CBE), Cannabigerol (CBG), Cannabinidiol (CBNG), and Cannabitriol (CBT). Among these 10 well-classified group of cannabinoids, only 11 of these chemicals are still not be classified because of its differences from the others.
Aside from these 66 compounds, common chemicals including nitrogenous compounds, amino acids, enzymes, aldehydes, ketones, enzymes, esters, steroids, hydrocarbons, vitamin A, terpenes, fatty acids, and glycoproteins comprises the rest of the chemical count of the cannabis plant.

Pesticides and Fertilizers found In Cannabis

Not all chemicals found in cannabis are beneficial though. Unfortunately there are numerous other chemical that may be added by growers which include a variety of pesticides and fertilizers. Some are so dangerous that state governments have actually had to start banning certain chemicals being used. This is why we recommend you grow your own cannabis plants from Sunwest Genetics cannabis seeds. This way you know exactly what is on them… and what isn’t.

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