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Natural Cannabinoids of Cannabis and Methods of Analysis

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Cannabis sativa L. - Botany and Biotechnology

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Cannabis has gained a lot of popularity in last few years not only because of its use as illicit drug but due to its use as food, fiber and medicine. It is a complex mixture of constituents which contain a unique class of secondary metabolites called phytocannabinoids. In general, so far a total of 565 constituents including 120 phytocannabinoids have been reported in Cannabis sativa. This chapter discusses the chemistry of phytocannabinoids in the plant with particular emphasis on the Δ9-THC type of cannabinoids and different analytical methods available for cannabinoids analysis in cannabis plant and cannabis products.

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This work supported in part by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Contract No. N01DA-10-7773.

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Radwan, M.M., Wanas, A.S., Chandra, S., ElSohly, M.A. (2017). Natural Cannabinoids of Cannabis and Methods of Analysis. In: Chandra, S., Lata, H., ElSohly, M. (eds) Cannabis sativa L. - Botany and Biotechnology. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-54564-6_7

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