Polysaccharides from Cannabis

Polysaccharides from Cannabis

Polysaccharides are used by plants for energy storage and possibly as signalling molecules.  The leaves and stems of cannabis contain significant levels of polysaccharides and they are captured when making cannabis juice.  These componenets from the leaf have demonstrated extremely potent benefits in relation to glaucoma.  In one study, rabbits with glaucoma were treated with the polysaccharides extracted from cannabis leaves and stems.  The extract showed incredible potency, causing a significant reduction in eye pressure with just a tiny dose, 0.001 milligrams, or 1 microgram.  The study below demonstrates how there are many components of cannabis (aside from THC and CBD) that have powerful effects.  It is also important to note that polysaccharides are not soluble in oils, alcohol, and extraction solvents such as CO2 and butane.  So when it comes to cannabis concentrates and extracts, they typically do not contain polysaccharides.

 

Polysaccharides from Cannabis sativa active in lowering intraocular pressure

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/0144861785900311