What is CBT?

Following the introduction of new regulations in the UK CBD industry last year, we are finally back on track and ready to continue keeping you up to date with the latest industry news, research and findings. Following the re-stocking of some outstanding products from our Colorado supplier, Extract Labs, we have been particularly intrigued by a newer member of our growing family of minor cannabinoids, CBT, which is present in their new vape cartridges. This is thanks to their ever-growing range of extracts and fantastic developments in science, as they now produce a CBT rich distillate, which is extracted and processed in house from Colorado-grown hemp.

What is CBT (Cannabicitran) and where is it found?

The hemp plant contains over 100 known cannabinoids and CBT is one of them. Although research surrounding CBT is not as extensive as other well-known cannabinoids such as CBD, the little that is known, indicates that CBT is found in the highest concentrations of distillates from Type 3 flowers of the cannabis plant.

Chemotypes of Cannabis

Type 3 is CBD-dominant with only trace levels of THC and is classified as ‘hemp’, from which our extracts are derived.

CBT is found in the highest concentration of this chemotype of cannabis.

How does CBT interact with CBD?

CBT is classified as a di-ether therefore, it contains the same chemical relationship with CBD, as CBD has with THC and other cannabinoids. In simple terms, when both CBT and CBD are present along with naturally occurring terpenes and flavonoids, they enhance the properties of one another so that all the compounds can work together synergistically to create the entourage effect. 

What is the history of CBT?

Even before it was discovered to be a naturally occurring cannabis product, CBT was synthesized in 1971 by the famed British natural chemist Leslie Crombie, who originally called it “cytrilidene cannabis”, suspecting that he had made a replica of a natural product from the cannabis plant. Two years later, that hunch proved true when Ludwig Bercht and colleagues isolated a product from cannabis resin and realized it was identical to the compound Crombie had created.

What are the benefits of CBT?

A study performed by longtime cannabinoid researcher Mahmoud El Sohly displayed promising results of CBT reducing pressure within the eyes of rabbits, making CBT a potential treatment for glaucoma and other related conditions.

Like many minor cannabinoids, research has been limited due to cannabis prohibition that is predominant across the globe. Much of the current attention is going towards CBD and THC as they are so abundant in cannabis, but as our knowledge of how these compounds interact with our body expands, focus will turn towards the other 120 minor cannabinoids we know very little about. 

Extract Labs is on the cutting edge of extracting and processing minor cannabinoids. Quote from Extract Labs: “We are very excited to see what studies will reveal about the abilities of the cannabis plant to impact people’s lives and to be able to supply consumers with clean, honest, and affordable products to allow everyone to see what they can do for them”!

Click here to browse through the Extract Labs vape cartridges which are currently on sale and have large CBT profiles, containing up to 190mg of CBT each!

For more detailed information on the history and chemical structure of CBT, please feel free to check the sources below:







June 13, 2020 — Neelo Abrahimi