All humans come with an endocannabinoid system, whether or not we smoke weed, and different kinds of cannabinoids affect us all in various ways.
Some types of cannabinoids you may know of include cannabidiol (CBD), tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), and cannabinol (CBN). And those are just the big three, normally listed in lab test results for different strains so patients can choose the right ratio for their treatment.
But get this — there are over a hundred more kinds of cannabinoids that scientists have identified. And, almost definitely, many more types lie undiscovered as of yet.
Researchers at the University of Mississippi have been spending a lot of quality time with the most valuable “weed” we know of. And as a result, they’ve learned a lot about all the compounds that comprise Mary Jane — and even discovered a few new ones.
According to a High Times report, recent analyses by Ole Miss scientists turned up seven new compounds, bringing the total number we know about from 104 all the way up to 111. They found these results by turning nine kilograms (over twenty pounds) of pot into extracts. The latest additions to their weed-cyclopedias are: 8α-hydroxy-Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol; 8β-hydroxy-Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol; 10α-hydroxy-Δ8-tetrahydrocannabinol; 10β-hydroxy-Δ8-tetrahydrocannabinol; 10α-hydroxy-Δ9,11-hexahydrocannabinol; 9β, 10β-epoxyhexahydrocannabinol; and 11-acetoxy-Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinolic acid A.
By testing the phytocannabinoids on mice, the team deduced that some had similar effects to THC — namely, a nice stoney high — and others served different functions. That makes sense, considering that the previously known cannabinoids worked in much the same way. For example, CBD can’t get you high, but THC definitely will.
Here’s to the finding of many more cannabinoids. We know they’re hiding out somewhere, preparing to change a whole lot of lives.