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These acids (THCA and CBDA) decompose slowly during storage to the corresponding chemically neutral but pharmacologically potent THC and CBD. This conversion is speeded up by the high temperatures involved in smoking and to a lesser extent by cooking or baking the drugs. Secondly, the THC/CBD ratio can markedly alter the effects of the drugs. Thirdly, some of the non-cannabinoid compounds from the plant may modulate the pharmacological effects of the cannabinoids. Terpenoids, which are responsible for the characteristic smell of cannabis, have been postulated as influencing the effects yet experimental evidence is scarce.
327/2002)). Conversely, drug-type plants produce predominantly THC with trace quantities of CBD. The issue is further complicated by the existence of an intermediate plant which contains approximately equal amounts of both THC and CBD. The concentrations of these and other cannabinoids vary enormously in practice depending on plant breeding and cultivation techniques and on post-harvest handling. 239). THC is a highly unstable compound, breaking down in air and light to a number of inactive molecules, one of which, cannabinol (CBN), is commonly found in cannabis products as they age.
Nonetheless, the chapter reveals that, at the time of writing in late 2007, there are relatively few cannabis-derived medicines that have received regulatory approval. Forecasts dating from the early 2000s that cannabinoids may become the new blockbuster branch of the pharmaceutical industry seem to be premature. Yet a recent market report by Visiongain (2) remains upbeat, valuing the global cannabis medicines market at USD 700 million. Besides interest from the pharmaceutical industry, there is an increasing body of research on ‘self-medication’ using herbal cannabis.
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