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CBD Is Not Just in Cannabis: New Source Discovered in Common Brazilian Plant




In a groundbreaking discovery, researchers in Brazil have found cannabidiol (CBD) in the fruits and flowers of a common Brazilian plant. What makes this discovery even more intriguing is that this plant contains CBD exclusively, without any trace of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). This revelation opens up the possibility of a new, legal, and readily available source of CBD, potentially avoiding the legal and regulatory complexities associated with cannabis.

Dr. Rodrigo Moura Neto, a molecular biologist at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, expressed the significance of this find, stating, “It's a legal alternative to using cannabis.” He further emphasized, “This is a plant that grows all over Brazil. It would be a simpler and cheaper source of cannabidiol.”

The plant in question, Trema micrantha (Blume), is a prolific grower across various regions of Brazil and is often considered a common weed. Notably, it's not limited to Brazil alone; it can also be found growing wild in areas spanning from Argentina to central Mexico, parts of Puerto Rico, numerous Caribbean islands, and even reaching as far north as Florida in the United States.

While the results of Dr. Neto's study have yet to be published, he has ambitious plans for the future. He intends to scale up his research over the coming years to determine the most effective methods for extracting CBD from the T. micrantha plant. Additionally, Dr. Neto and his team are preparing to investigate the efficacy of the extracted CBD in patients, comparing its effects to those currently undergoing treatment with cannabis.

Support for this groundbreaking research has come from the Brazilian government, which awarded Dr. Neto and his team R$500,000 (approximately US$104,000) in funding. Dr. Neto estimates that this research will take at least five years to complete, underscoring the importance of a thorough and methodical approach to this exciting new avenue of CBD research.

It's worth noting that CBD, along with THC and cannabinol (CBN), has previously been found in a related plant species called Trema orientalis (Blume), commonly found in regions such as Thailand and other tropical areas of Asia. T. orientalis has a history of use in traditional medicine, particularly in the treatment of various infections. The discovery of CBD in multiple plant species underscores the growing importance of understanding the potential therapeutic applications of this non-psychoactive cannabinoid.


Lydia K. (Bsc. RN) is a cannabis writer, which, considering where you’re reading this, makes perfect sense. Currently, she is a regular writer for Mace Media. In the past, she has written for MyBud, RX Leaf & Dine Magazine (Canada), CBDShopy (UK) and Cannavalate & Pharmadiol (Australia). She is best known for writing epic news articles and medical pieces. Occasionally, she deviates from news and science and creates humorous articles. And boy doesn't she love that! She equally enjoys ice cream, as should all right-thinking people.

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