Scientists have identified hundreds of unique compounds in hemp and cannabis, called cannabinoids. Together, their combined properties work synergistically to create a phenomenon known as the entourage effect.
However, researchers are working hard to separate and isolate individual cannabinoid molecules to understand their potential therapeutic properties better. Due to decades of prohibition, scientific literature and understanding of the effects of cannabinoids, together and isolated, is lacking, saying the least.
As policies are shifting, researchers are gaining more access to research cannabinoids. This article will discuss what we know about one of the least understood cannabinoids, Cannabicyclol (CBL).
What is CBL?
Based on the lacking ‘legal’ label cannabis has endured until very recently, very little is known about CBL also because of the compound’s origins. CBL is a derivative cannabinoid that is produced when another cannabinoid, CBC or Cannabichromene, is degraded through internal processes in the plant.
This happens naturally through exposure to heat and light. The process is called irradiation and it converts CBC into CBL over long periods of time. This is also why types of cannabis plants with higher concentrations of CBC (like hemp) tend to turn over higher amounts of CBL.
Benefits of CBL
Due to years of prohibition, small amounts of research, and the extreme difficulty and high costs related to the production of concentrate, researchers know little is known about the medicinal benefits of CBL. That, along with the fact that other, better-known cannabinoids showed more significant potential economically and therapeutically.
A growing body of research indicates CBL could play a significant role in the entourage effect – a synergistic therapeutic effect between phytocannabinoids when consumed together. This effect is one of the primary reasons why most CBD consumers use full-spectrum oil instead of isolates.
Is CBL legal?
CBL, or Cannabicyclol, is not listed as a controlled substance and not defined as illegal in the USA or abroad. As long as CBL is free from exceeding an added THC content above .3%, the compound is described as being derived from hemp and not marijuana.
However, the law that surrounds cannabis is very ambiguous even to date in most countries and states. So, we suggest being extremely careful when consuming any cannabis-derived substance and even more cautious when traveling with some.
How to Extract CBL
In the living plant, when cannabinoids synthesize within glands called trichomes, CBL-A (the acidic precursor to CBL) is produced only in minuscule amounts.
Cannabinoids are from acidic precursors before transforming into the ones we know and love. This derivation is how CBD and THC are formed from their acidic precursors CBD-A and THC-A. These acidic precursors are known as ‘phytocannabinoids.’
However, CBL-A appears to be highly resistant to decarboxylation, the process by which cannabinoids drop their acidic nature and change into active cannabinoids. That means that trying to extract CBL from fresh cannabis or hemp may be a costly, frivolous pursuit.
However, aged cannabis initially high in CBC (cannabichromene) may contain larger concentrations of CBL suitable for extraction.
Is CBL intoxicating?
Cannabicyclol is non-intoxicating and is not associated with any psychoactive effects. This is primarily due to the lack of double bonds in the molecular structure of the cannabinoid. Which we understand doesn’t say a lot but makes sense.
Although researchers know little about the unique therapeutic potential of CBL alone, many suggest the synergistic effect provided by a whole spectrum of cannabinoids may be more beneficial than isolated cannabinoids. So, although CBL is not necessarily medicinal all by itself, it might be a valuable asset when consuming it with other cannabinoids.
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