By LeeWEpstein

September 23, 2019


There are currently about 100 cannabinoids known to be present in the cannabis plant, but many remain unknown. In addition to the stars THC and CBD, we often hear about CBG (cannabigerol) or THCV but more rarely about CBT or cannabicitran – not to be confused with another unknown cannabinoid with the same initials: cannabitriol. What do we know about this mysterious cannabinoid?

The mysterious cannabicitran

Cannabicitran was first mentioned in 1974 in a study published by Science Direct. The reason we are talking about cannabicitran today is that it is now marketed by certain companies, including the Confidence Analytics test lab, which proposes to test for the presence of CBT. which is slightly misleading. We prefer to speak of a “broad spectrum” when THC is missing.

On the user side, opinions are mixed, many do not feel any difference between CBD isolates and CBD / CBT oils. If there is an advantage to the latter, it will be difficult to determine whether it is due to the surrounding effect or to the particular action of the CBT, of which little is known at the moment. No studies have been conducted on animals, humans or even in laboratories.

However, the molecular structure of CBT is famous: it is a tetracyclic and di-ether molecule without alcoholic groups. The molecule can be isolated by gas chromatography and, according to Pat Reynolds of Confidence Analytics, its characteristics indicate that it is more commonly found in distillates. It may, therefore, be the result of a chemical reaction due to this extraction technique.

Finally,flowers with a high CBD content and low THC content are more likely to contain CBT after distillation than flowers with a high THC concentration and low CBD concentration

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