The New Weed on the Block

Monday, 21 January 2019

“This cannabinomimetic of medical interest in that it might harness the same cannabis receptors without causing some of the unwanted side effects of THC. If it works well, the US government might have to make it illegal.”
- Dr. David Hepburn


The recent discovery of another source of a cannabinoid comes from a plant that is a relative of the mosses called liverwort. One genus of the plant, Radula, boasts a handful of species that produce a chemical that is a lot like tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) from Cannabis sativa, or marijuana.

Why a liverwort, which lives and reproduces quite differently from a plant like Cannabis, would make this molecule remains a mystery. What we now know, however, is the cannabinoid from liverwort and the one in Cannabis are almost exactly the same and have quite similar effects in the mammalian brain.

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