Chemistry of Cannabis

  • R. Mechoulam
Part of the Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology book series (HEP, volume 55 / 3)


The aim of this chapter is to present a short summary of cannabinoid1 chemistry with emphasis on those aspects which have pharmacological relevance. A comprehensive chemical review is beyond the scope of this handbook. Since 1964, when the active principle of cannabis, Δ 1-tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ 1-THC), was identified (Gaoni and Mechoulam, 1964a), nearly 5,000 scientific articles on cannabis, Δ 1-THC and other cannabinoids have appeared; approximately 1,000 of these articles are chemically oriented. For this reason alone the present review will have to be selective.


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