What is CBT (cannabacitran) and why should we care? Here, Pat Reynolds of Confidence Analytics reveals his journey to learn more about this little-known compound in cannabis.
CBT, short for cannabacitran, is a cannabinoid that is quickly gaining consumer and scientific interest. Unfortunately, neither community seems to know much about this mysterious compound.. Web searches for "CBT" turn up little useful information, and often confuse cannabicitran with another mysterious cannabinoid called cannabitriol (or, better yet, cognitive behavioral therapy). The lab I work for, Confidence Analytics, recently added CBT to our cannabinoid assay, and I wanted to find out more about it.
So what do we actually know about CBT? I asked Zack, our Resident Chemist and Chromotographer Extraordinaire, for his thoughts on the the topic - it went something like this:
PatMan [3:43 PM]
What statements can we make about cannabacitran (CBT) - quantitatively, comparatively, etc. - with regard to other cannabinoids / molecules?
blizzard.wizard [4:17 PM]
Well, it's another standard that's available, and a chemist would think it could form as a reaction product from processing. Chemically, CBD [is to] THC [as] THC [is to] CBT - i.e. CBD is a diol, THC is a mono-ol mono-ether, CBT has no alcohol groups and is a di-ether. It also retains on a column more than any other cannabinoid we've studied, and as such is a good tool for assessing method performance. I think we might see it more in distillate...
Let’s break down Zack’s response a little bit:
Zack’s final comment - that we may see it more in distillate - is is accordance with our observations to date. We’re still looking, but the data so far does show CBT in distillates more than other concentrates. Interestingly, it looks like Type III flower (high CBD, low THC) will yield more CBT from a distillation process than Type I (high THC, low CBD).
None of our observations thus far inform us as to the effect of CBT on humans, and to date no scientific studies on human or animals have taken place. As we continue to shine the light of legalization on this amazing plant, we can build on what we know to advance education and understanding. To some degree, the more we learn and discover about cannabis, the more we understand just how little we know. In the case of CBT, it is indeed very little.
Where Can I Find CBT?
Heylo's latest Dutch 47 and Remedy both have 0.1% CBT... while it might not be a lot, it's something! We'll keep you up to date with other products carrying CBT here.