Valens,a Canadian company & a global leader in the production of innovative, cannabinoid-based products have published an info-graphic of their cannabis & cbd hemp product distribution plans for 2020.
Cannabinoids are the chemicals that give the plant its unique and highly sought after effects. Cannabinoids can reduce inflammation and suppress seizures. They can relieve pain, too.
And of course, at least one cannabinoid – tetrahydrocannabinol – THC for short – is sought after by many recreational cannabis users for its psychoactive effect – it gives them an intoxicating high.
The variety in marijuana’s taste and smell comes from yet another compound present in cannabis – TERPENES.
In addition to providing the “weed” aroma, terpenes themselves are proving to have therapeutic qualities of their own.
Terpenes are almost everywhere, in lots of different plants. Even some insects produce them to deter predators.
The sap from a pine tree is a good example, because the distinctive strong smell the sap leaves on your hands and clothes comes from terpenes, particularly α-pinene. It’s found in rosemary and dill, too.
If you’ve ever opened a cedar chest or luxuriated in the heady excitement of a new car’s scent, you’ve smelled terpenes.
The two new compounds are tetrahydrocannabiphorol (THCP) and cannabidiphorol (CBDP).
Challenges arise because of the very low concentrations of these new cannabinoids.
But,it is claimed that adding a carbon atom here or an oxygen atom there, and you change the way the molecule interacts with the human body dramatically.
The possible combinations – represent phenomenal opportunities for medical researchers.
The properties of these compounds are still being researched, but plant chemists think THCP might prove to be 30 times as powerful as THC, without its psychoactive properties.
Learning how these compounds benefit the human body is one thing – figuring out how to maximise those benefits is the exciting challenge which drives and energises plant scientists.
Image credit – https://thevalenscompany.com/
Growing strains of cannabis with higher doses of trace cannabinoids is just one approach.
The unique cannabinoid profiles of these new strains could prove more beneficial for certain conditions, but it’s not nearly as reliable as producing very pure isolated formulations of a particular cannabinoid.
That’s where biosynthesis enters the consideration.
The Powerful Potential of Biosynthesis
Biosynthesis utilizes microbes such as yeast to turn their metabolism into tiny cannabinoid factories.
Once the genome of, say, brewer’s yeast has been altered to manufacture CBG instead of alcohol, these trace cannabinoids can be manufactured very economically in vast quantities.
Possibly, looking 10 years down the road, most cannabinoids will be sourced through biosynthesis.
Unlocking the full power of the cannabis plant opens the door to many more therapeutic solutions.
Images credit – The Valens Company.Canada.
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