Jan 1, 1976

The stability of cannabis and its preparations on storage

The Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
J W FairbairnM G Rowan

Abstract

Solutions of pure cannabinoids, nine samples of herbal and two of resin cannabis (one freshly prepared) were stored in varying conditions for up to 2 years. Exposure to light (not direct sunlight) was shown to be the greatest single factos in loss of cannabinoids especially in solutions, which should therefore be protected from light during analytical and phytochemical operations. Previous claims that solutions in ethanol were stable have not been substantiated. The effect of temperature, up to 20 degrees, was insignificant but air oxidation did lead to significant losses. These could be reduced if care was taken to minimize damage to the glands which act as "well filled, well closed containers". Loss of tetrahydrocannabinol after exposure to light does not lead to an increase in cannabinol, but air oxidation in the dark does. It is concluded that carefully prepared herbal or resin cannabis or extracts are reasonably stable for 1 to 2 years if stored in the dark at room temperature.

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Resins, Plant
Air
Cannabidiol
Drug Storage
Drug Stability
Oxidation-Reduction
Marijuana Abuse
Bhang
Tetrahydrocannabinol, Trans-(+-)-Isomer

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