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What is Cannabicyclovarin (CBLV)?

Cannabicyclovarin (CBLV) is a type of Cannabinoid compound that has its boiling Point (F) as 666 ± 88 and boiling Point (C) as 352 ± 31. It belongs to the class of the cannabicyclols in the Cannabinoids locator.

Cannabinoids are one of the many compounds produced by Cannabis and there is over a hundred of it with CBD, THC and CBN being the most common. Most Cannabinoids are not directly produced by the Cannabis plant as there is a biosynthetic pathway that results in the production of these cannabinoid acids.

This pathway synthesizes the cannabinoid acids through the process of decarboxylation because there is a need for the cannabinoid acids to be activated by heat to yield the desired compound which can then subsequently be decarboxylase into the corresponding cannabinoids in which Cannabicyclols (CBL) falls.

Cannabicyclol is a phytocannabinoid which came to be as a result of the myriad compounds synthesized in the resinous trichomes of Cannabis sativa plants.

This class of cannabinoid forms from the breakdown of CBC using the presence of heat and light. This explains why older cannabis has higher levels of CBL than the fresh ones. Even at that, the amount always present is low.

Cannabicyclovarin (CBLV-C3) was first detected by GC-MS and later isolated as optically inactive colorless needles.

Its structure was confirmed by comparison with synthetic CBLV-C3 obtained by irradiation of CBCV-C3. However, before arriving at Cannabicyclovarin acid (CBLV), the compound being in the class of cannabicyclols had undergone many processes just as it was noted by a group of researchers.

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Cannabicyclol (CBL-C5) was first considered to have a THC-type structure , and was therefore named THC III. It was isolated in 1967, renamed to cannabicyclol/cannabipinol and the structure revised.

The photochemical conversion of cannabichromene into cannabicyclol prompted another revision of the structure and speculation about the origin of the compound, i.e., if it is a naturally occurring compound or an artefact Cannabicyclol from the crude plant material shows no apparent optical rotation, although an [a]D 3-was reported , and it could form as a result of natural irradiation in the plant or it could be an artifact formed in the crude extract.

This structure was finally confirmed as the correct structure by NMR and X-ray analysis, although the absolute configuration is not yet known.


Cannabicyclovarin occurs as a natural cannabinoid in Cannabis sativa. Cannabis sativa is a medicinal plant having a very complex matrix composed of mainly cannabinoids and terpenoids.

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Because very little is known of the CBL due to its low concentration, little can be said of its therapeutic benefits. However, as a family of cannabicyclols (CBL) having CBC as its precursor, Cannabicyclovarin has many essential functions within the body such as increasing the levels of certain helpful chemicals in the body like the endocannabinoids. 

As a phytocannabinoid, it has potential benefits such as the stimulation of appetite, relieving pain and inflammation, reduction of nausea, and a range of other benefits.


It helps to maintain a state of balance (homeostasis) in the body.

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About the Author - CBD Expert Dale Hewett

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Dale Hewett is the owner and founder of New Phase Blends. He discovered his passion for CBD use after suffering from injuries sustained while on Active Duty in the US Army. His number one priority is introducing the same CBD products that he himself uses for relief to others who can benefit from them.

Dale holds a Master Degree of Science, and is the inventor of the popular, CBD-based sleep aid known as ‘Sleep.’ He’s given multiple lectures on CBD to institutions such as Cornell’s MBA student program, and Wharton’s School of Business.

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