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What is Cannabitriol (CBT)?

by | May 28, 2021 | Blog Posts | 0 comments

The hemp plant is chock-full of naturally occurring compounds that give the plant its special properties. Terpenes create the distinct aroma and flavor of hemp while phytocannabinoids offer an array of therapeutic effects for individuals who ingest products such as marijuana or CBD. There are roughly 113 known phytocannabinoids in the hemp plant. One of these is cannabitriol or CBT

What is a Cannabinoid?

Before we dive into CBT, let’s cover the basics of what a cannabinoid is. Both plants and animals have the ability to create their own cannabinoids. In fact, humans are equipped with an endocannabinoid system that helps these naturally occurring compounds. Cannabinoids in plants such as hemp are called phytocannabinoids. 

Phytocannabinoid are formed in the trichomes of the hemp plant. You can thank these plant-powered cannabinoids for the psychoactive and therapeutic quality of hemp-derived products. Some of the most notable phytocannabinoids are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) but researchers are working hard to understand more about the 111 other phytocannabinoids in the hemp plant. 

What is Cannabitriol? 

Cannabitriol or CBT is one of the many phytocannabinoids found in the hemp plant. Since it was only recently discovered in 2011 along with cannabicitran, there is still not a lot of solid information around the properties of this compound. So far, it’s classified as a “minor cannabinoid” since it does not seem to offer noticeable effects. 

CBT has a similar molecular structure to THC, the phytocannabinoid responsible for the hallmark “high” marijuana users feel. It’s unclear if CBT contributes to this euphoric effect. It’s hypothesized that it could potentially play into this effect or at the very least, contributes to the entourage effect. CBT is found in far smaller quantities than THC. More research is required before more is known about what role CBT plays in the phytocannabinoid family.  

Do CBD Products Contain CBT? 

CBD products are broken up into three different categories: broad-spectrum, full-spectrum, and isolate. Each of these is defined by the amount, or lack thereof, of other cannabinoids and terpenes. Here’s a brief rundown of each:

  • Isolate does not contain any cannabinoids other than CBD or terpenes. 
  • Full-Spectrum contains up to 0.3% THC, other cannabinoids, and terpenes.
  • Broad-Spectrum contains undetectable traces of THC but still the full range of other cannabinoids and terpenes. 

Any cannabinoids present in the hemp used to produce full-spectrum or broad-spectrum CBD will work synergistically to create the coveted entourage effect. Among these compounds will be CBT. Although we don’t know much about this minor cannabinoid, it is clear that when all 113 phytocannabinoid and terpenes come together, CBD is seen to be more impactful. Experts believe all of these plant compounds play a role in how hemp-derived products affect humans.

Try Out Full and Broad-Spectrum Products

We cut the THC out of our broad-spectrum CBD products while leaving in all of the other beneficial plant compounds found in hemp including CBT. If you’re looking to tap into the entourage effect, shop our cost-efficient line of tinctures and capsules. Add in a topical cream to round out your CBD regiment with a soothing muscle balm. More and more people are reporting positive results from introducing this plant compound into their lives. There’s no better time to see what it can do for you! 

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