There are currently more than one hundred known cannabinoids, for which only a few have been dissected for investigation of their possible therapeutic uses thanks to its current schedule one status. Most are familiar with the black sheep of the cannabinoid world… THC. THC is the main psychoactive cannabinoid found in marijuana. It is responsible for the “elevated” feeling of bliss that is currently pursued by so many recreational users worldwide. As the world’s population wises up to the fraud perpetrated on us regarding marijuana for medicinal relief on pain, nausea suppression and appetite stimulation. With well over 200,000 medical marijuana patients in the U.S. who are card carrying, state authorized pot smokers, who can legally use marijuana to benefit from these cannabinoid-containing flowers, or via pharmaceutical prescription.
Today it was publicized in the “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences” (PNAS) that assistant professor of biology Jon Page, who led the research with PhD student Steve Gagne. Jon Page and Steve Gagne have discovered the organic pathway which the marijuana plant uses to create a bio-active cannabinoids. This discovery, will not doubt soon be planting the seeds of further development within the many marijuana strains currently utilized to produce pharmaceuticals. The freak of a pathway is more than rare. It involves a specialized type of two specific enzymes; hexanoyl-CoA synthetase, and another enzyme, called olivetolic acid cyclase (OAC), these big foot like enzymes have never before been witnessed in plants.
While all know that marijuana has been cultivated by mankind for 1,000’s of years. As a food source, as fiber for the clothes we wore, as medicine for the ailments we faced. Though we did not know why then, we now know Cannabinoids such as delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, commonly viewed as a mature flower on the female marijuana plant’s tiny hair-like nodules called trichomes; is its own chemical factory. Page and Gagne used a genomic examination of certain isolated trichome components to generate a catalog of the now known marijuana genes that are intricate to the cannabinoid creation.
As hemp farmers worldwide are constantly on the lookout for cannabis strains that are missing the key parts of the cannabinoid-making pathway. Thereby allowing for the production of a zero-THC industrial hemp for the use in American industry. While hemp is well-known as a fiber crop worldwide, that is not the case in the U.S. As the rest of the world benefits for its earth friendly cultivation requirements, while utilizing it for everything from paper, rope, textiles, and in some countries – its seed oil. Hemp seed oils, high in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Is often marketed for its incredibly healthy assets; in California one can find hemp products of types, everything from protein supplements for athletes, to hemp milk and snack foods.