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Forensic Testing using THC:CBD

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With the adoption of the United Nation’s Single Convention on Drug Control in 1971, it became necessary for the international forensic community to be able to differentiate “drug-type” cannabis from “fiber-type”.

Due to the restricted research and limited knowledge of cannabis at the time, the United Nations adopted and recommended the ratio of the two main constituents of cannabis -THC and CBD .  In other words, if the ratio of THC:CBD was greater than 1 – it was deemed a drug; if the ratio was less than one, the plant was deemed to be hemp.

Cannabis is finally being accepted as the medicinal plant it is and as countries move towards accepting recreational cannabis, why is the industry still only focused on the ratio of THC to CBD????

To emphasize the meaningless of the THC to CBD ratio, the following strain fingerprints are for your perusal:

Durban poison
Pure Sativa – uplifting and ability to focus, it relieves stress, fatigue, depression
la con 2
Indica – calming  – relieves stress, insomnia, depression
acdc 2
Sativa dominant – focused and energizing, it relieves seizures, stress, inflammation and pain
Sour Diesel 2
Sativa dominant – energizing – relieves stress, depression and pain

With the exception of the ACDC strain above, the cannabinoid – CBD (cannabidiol) is only present in trace amounts in the above strain fingerprints, relative to CBG, CBC and or THCV.

The above strain fingerprints not only disclose the major cannabinoids present in a given strain, it also discloses the terpenes that are present.  Terpenes and cannabinoids are produced in the heads of the glandular trichomes, produced during the flowering stage of unfertilized female plants.

For indepth research on cannabinoids and terpenes, the following e-book is available at Amazon  and provides indepth information on cannabinoids, terpenes, strain fingerprints, plus so much more.

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e-book link here

The synergistic benefits of the plant’s naturally produced cannabinoids and terpenes provide a great deal of additional benefits relative to just THC or CBD. As consumers and patients of cannabis become more educated on the full potential of this plant, it is important to insist on reviewing the full strain footprint from licensed vendors. In this way, the quality of product should increase, along with indepth research on the medicinal qualities of this plant.

Cannabinoids and Terpenes – The Medicinal Benefits of Cannabis

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The above e-book has just been released on Kindle!  It includes important information on two organic compounds found in the cannabis plant, namely cannabinoids and terpenes.  Cannabinoids are closely related “terpenophenolic”.  Terpenophenolic compounds are natural products of mixed biosynthetic origin,, specifically, they are a combination of hydrocarbon and carbonic acid molecules. Terpenophenolic compounds also contain biological activities that make them important for human health.

Terpenes are a large and diverse class of organic compounds produced by a number of plants of which many are “aromatic hydrocarbons” (sometimes called arenes).  When terpenes are chemically modified such as by oxidation, they are referred to as terpenoids.  Terpenoids are also known as isoprenoids.  Terpenes and terpenoids are the primary constituents of the essential oils of many plants including cannabis. They are what gives off the distinctive aroma of the particular strain in your medicine.

The synergistic effects of cannabinoids and terpenes offer a great deal of additional benefits which is only beginning to be investigated scientifically.  As patients become more educated on the full potential of cannabis, cannabis preparations and with the complexities in the various compounds found within cannabis, they will become more discerning in choosing their medicine which will help increase the quality of the medication available to them along with the research relating to the synergistic benefits of cannabinoids and terpenes.

This book reviews the test kits available for home use that are available and able to qualify and quantify the cannabinoids in a patient’s medical strain.  Upon using an inexpensive “Thin Layer Chromatography” (TLC) kit, the author was, at the time of testing, shocked to see cannabigerol (CBG) but no cannabidiol (CBD) in the test results, and this started a brand new intensive research into discovering just what cannabinoid(S) was responsible for curing cancer.

Since science took an overwhelming interest in studying THC, it was only recently that renewed interest rose in the other cannabinoids (of which there are 70) and very recently, terpenes.  Both are synthesized in the secretory cells inside the trichomes that are highly concentrated inside the unfertilized female flowers before they degrade or grow old.

Science is starting to understand that it is more than just THC that contains medicinal benefits, in fact the synergistic potential of the cannabinoids and terpenes is a very recent focus in science with the goal of determining exactly how this plant is able to offer so much yet is now well understood.

In addition to discussing the test kits available for testing cannabis strains, this e-book discusses the therapeutic benefits of both the cannabinoids and terpenes leaving the reader fascinated by the huge potential that this plant has to offer and which science is only beginning to unveil.

It is interesting to note how much of an effect that simply pruning the plant’s leaves as harvest approaches will unintentionally affect the plant’s  trichomes