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Ancient Viruses Are Probably Why Weed Has THC and CBD

Postby bmh67wa » Wed Nov 28, 2018 1:31 pm

Story : https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/8xp593/an-ancient-virus-is-probably-w





Humans have been consuming cannabis for millennia, but scientists are still largely in the dark about the devil’s lettuce. Thanks to new research, we now have a potential answer to one enduring pot science mystery: Why does weed have the special chemical compounds that affect humans, and other plants don’t?

I speak, of course, of THC and CBD, compounds known as cannabinoids that are found in cannabis and have various effects on humans. THC is well-known as the main psychoactive component in cannabis (i.e. it gets you high), and CBD has recently become fashionable as an ingredient in everything from drinks to cosmetics.

According to a study published in the November issue of Genome Research, these two distinct compounds didn’t always exist in the plant we now call cannabis. According to the study, millions of years ago ancient viruses may have colonized the plant's genome and accelerated an evolutionary process that changed its DNA and gave us THC and CBD.

“The proteins [for THC and CBD] are embedded in this huge mess of virus-like sequences,” said Tim Hughes, a professor of molecular genetics at the University of Toronto and co-author of the study, over the phone. “One thing that these sequences are known for is facilitating the rearrangement of the chromosome, and they’re actually a bit dangerous in that way.”







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