Here’s everything you need to know about this newly discovered cannabinoid
It seems like every week there is a new discovery when it comes to cannabinoids and the cannabis plant. So far, researchers have discovered over 120 cannabinoids, and there are virtually no signs of this type of research slowing down.
One cannabinoid you may not have heard of yet is called THC-B.
A group of Italian scientists discovered a THC-B back in 2019, and what they learned is that it’s a phytocannabinoid that is closely related to THC, which is the most abundant phytocannabinoid in the cannabis plant and the cannabinoid responsible for most cannabis psychoactivity. In other words, it gets you high.
According to researchers, THC-B has slight differences in chemical structure when compared to regular old THC — but since it’s one of the new kids on the block, research into it has been limited. Here is what we know about THC-B so far.
Delta-9 tetrahydrocannabutol, or THC-B, interacts with the endocannabinoid system in similar ways to THC, accord-ing to researchers. The big difference is that THC-B mainly acts on CB1 and CB2 receptors in the brain — and it also has a stronger binding affinity with CB1 receptors than the more abundant THC.
By testing THC-B on small animals, researchers found that it resulted in decreased pain, slowed reaction time, and deeper sleep. According to the research report, the team also observed the can-nabinoid’s anti-inflammatory and anal-gesic properties, and what it found was that the preliminary data suggested that THC-B behaves similarly to THC, giving it potential for pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties.
Per the research, THC-B may also have potential as a sleeping aid. However, researchers aren’t yet 100% sure if THC-B has the same psychoactive properties as THC.
Due to THC-B having stronger binding capabilities to CB1 receptors, there is also a chance that it could be more potent than THC. However, this effect has not been confirmed in humans as of yet. And, the extent to which THC-B has a noticeable effect when consumed is not yet clear, as it is not found in abundance in cannabis plants.
It is, however, being synthesized from hemp oil, much like Delta-8 and Delta-9 products are. In fact, THC-B products are already available on the wider market. But if you want to try this or the other new synthesized cannabinoids entering the market, it’s probably smart to go for a reputable brand.
Right now, one of the biggest pioneers in the industry is Binoid, which offers all kinds of THC-B products, ranging from vapes, tinctures, cookies, and gummies. The carts have great reviews and are the most eco-friendly option when it comes to vaping.
They also sell disposable carts, which, while convenient, aren’t the best for reducing non-recyclable waste.
This is an exciting time when it comes to the discovery of new cannabinoids. But whatever you do, make sure to take your time to research and find reputable brands before you dive in head first.