Season 2 Ask An Knowledgeable Encore: Constructing Cannabinoids With Dr. Markus Roggen – Newest hashish information at present

Welcome to Season Two. Ask an expert who is familiar with Dr. Markus Roggen builds cannabinoids. Are you watching Dr. Markus playing with a molecular kit and get ready to learn something, because there’s nothing like a picture. With the molecule in front of you, it’s easy to understand concepts like:

  • The structural makeup of THC, CBD
  • The molecular basis of terpenes
  • The differences and similarities of THC and CBD
  • What does decarboxylation do?

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Black balls – carbon atoms

Red balls – oxygen atoms

White connectors – enzyme bonds

We’ll start with the starting point for all of the terpenes known as isoprene. When you take two units of isoprene and sew them together, you get one of the most common terpenes, myrcene.

Terpene molecules found in the cannabis plant create both the aroma and taste of a strain. But that’s not all terpenes do. Terpenes form the basic framework for THC and CBD.

Cannabis compounds – molecular makeup

It starts with a benzene ring; add oxygen atoms, a carbon tail and an acid group … voila! You are ready to bond with a terpene. You have CBGA. To become CBDA, a protein chain is flipped and another bond is added. Do you want THCA? It’s as easy as removing an enzyme bond.


Decarboxylation – The process of activating compounds within the cannabis plant by removing a carboxyl group and releasing carbon dioxide.

You can decarboxylate a THCA molecule using heat or introduce a lipid for the molecule to bind to. Simply put, when you remove the carboxyl group circled in the photo above, decarboxylation occurs.

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