What Is CBT?

So you might be familiar with CBD and its psychoactive cousin THC… But have you heard of CBT?

It’s okay if you haven’t. Since researchers have identified more than 66 cannabinoids, there’s obviously going to be some that you haven’t heard of. Cannabicitran and Cannabitriol (two compounds that both go under the acronym CBT) are considered rare minor cannabinoids and are two of the latest to hit the hemp industry. Interested in learning more? Keep on reading.


What is CBT?

Though only found in low concentrations in the plant, CBT (cannabicitran and cannabitriol) has been developed as a distillate. Not much is currently known about CBT’s potential effects or its psychoactive properties and we have yet to find any studies on it’s effect on humans. However, this minor cannabinoid is still young so as more information comes to light, we encourage you to continue researching the latest news and studies for updates.

Since cannabicitran and cannabitriol possess different molecular structure and weight, let’s take a look at the differences between the two.


What is Cannabitriol?

In order to create cannabitriol, scientists biosynthesize it from THCA (the acidic form of THC). Since cannabitriol is similar in structure to THC, the two likely share similar properties including psychoactive results. However, because it is not present in all cannabis strains, it is therefore difficult to know it’s exact effects and health benefits.


What is Cannabicitran?

In order to create cannabicitran, scientists biosynthesize it from CBDA (the acidic form of CBD). It distillates from Type III flowers of the cannabis plant (which are known to be low in psychoactive THC and high in CBD). Cannabicitran used to be called “cytrilidene cannabis” and was discovered by a chemist in 1971.


Is CBT Synthetic?

Yes, CBT is biosynthesized, meaning it is grown in the lab. It is however derived from the plant. For an in-depth look at synthetic cannabinoids, take a look at our post on the topic. 


Is CBT Legal?

While the government has banned some specific synthetic cannabinoids on a federal level, CBT is not currently on the Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA) controlled substance list.

Be aware that there are a few states with added restrictions. If you live in the states of Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Rhode Island, and Utah, you will have to find an alternative for relief.


Is CBT Psychoactive?

Not much is known about whether CBT is or isn’t psychoactive. However, if you can’t verify whether your product is cannabitriol or cannabicitran, you should probably assume that it is since cannabitriol contains similar properties to THC.


Does CBT Interact with Medication?

Not much research has been conducted on how CBT interacts with other medications or vitamins. We recommend you contact a healthcare professional before using CBT along with anything else (which is the same advice we’d give to anyone taking more than one medication).

This is particularly important for those taking blood thinners, cholesterol medications, erectile dysfunction medications, antibiotics, antihistamine, or a few others. Please seek a medical professional’s advice in order to correctly adjust the dosages of each drug.


One Final Note: Although we strive to provide you with accurate information, we are not infallible. We hope you will consider this your starting point in your research on understanding CBT. To stay educated and informed, we encourage you to find more resources and experts on the subject.


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