Chemical Basis of Hashish Activity

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Science  07 Aug 1970:
Vol. 169, Issue 3945, pp. 611-612
DOI: 10.1126/science.169.3945.611


A sample of hashish was extracted consecutively with petroleum ether, benzene, and methanol. When tested intravenously in monkeys only the petroleum-ether fraction was active. This material was further fractionated. The only active compound isolated was Δ1-tetrahydrocannabinol. Cannabinol, cannabidiol, cannabichromene, cannabigerol, and cannabicyclol when administered together with Δ1-tetrahydrocannabinol do not cause a change in the activity of the latter, under the experimental conditions used. These results provide evidence that, except for Δ1-tetrahydrocannabinol, no other major, psychotomimetically active compounds are present in hashish.

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