MadSci Network: Botany

Re: What does THC do in the cannabis plant?

Date: Tue Jun 20 00:22:12 2000
Posted By: David Hershey, Faculty, Botany, NA
Area of science: Botany
ID: 961442541.Bt

Plant hormones would not be found in such high concentrations as THC. Plants 
produce a wide variety of compounds that have no direct role in growth and 
development. They are termed secondary products or secondary compounds. Examples 
include caffeine, nicotine, rubber and menthol. Their main functions appears to 
be in protecting the plant from herbivores and pathogens. THC's most likely 
function is thus to protect the plant from herbivores or pathogens.


Taiz, L. and Zeiger, E. 1991. Plant Physiology. Redwood City, CA: 

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