Hashishene, the new terpene of cannabis
A very rare Terpene derived from Moroccan Hash.
In 2014, a study released by the Journal of Chromatography A discovered that hashish characteristics are thanks to the degradation of a terpene common to the cannabis plant. Resin extracts oxidize to produce high amounts of a rare monoterpene known as 5,5-dimethyl-1-vinylbicyclo[2.1.1]hexane. The researchers of the study coined the catchier name “hashishene” for their newly discovered terpene.
It’s been a number of years since its discovery, and finally we have a stable production process with an expected 200ml capacity per week of this very rare Terpene.
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Hashishene is created by the “light induced rearrangement of β-myrcene during the manufacture of hashish.” In other words, Hashishene is a somewhat-degraded form of myrcene which is why it has the same molecular weight and formula as myrcene, though a radically different chemical structure. The researchers suspect that because “hashish is manufactured according to a lengthy process involving repetitive steps of sieving and drying of the resin-rich female heads of cannabis plants” there is plenty of opportunity for “exposure to sunlight during those drying steps which could therefore be reasonably considered responsible for the photolytic formation of hashishene from myrcene.
The use of hashishene as a way to detect hash samples has clear value to law enforcement and other government and research groups, as a result the researchers have already submitted “the use of 5,5-dimethyl-1-vinylbicyclo hexane as volatile marker of hashish” to the European Union for patent protection. But, since hashishene has already been found in at least one other plant, Scotch Spearmint, perhaps use of this method will result in false positives.
Since hashishene is a mutated form of myrcene, and myrcene exists widely in nature, in fruit like mangoes and herbs like hops, then theoretically hashishene should exist in other concentrated forms of plants, such as heavily hopped beer or potentially in essential oils used in aromatherapy. Investigating other concentrates, like heavily-hopped beers, could make for interesting follow-up research. At this early stage little is known about Hashishene, including its medical properties.
Some basic articles are summarising what is currently known about Hashishene: