Thebaine

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Thebaine is a constituent found in opium
In herbal, homeopathic and all other natural medicine, like in modern pharmacology, a constituent is an individual chemically defined ingredient or substance present in the herb or plant (or in the case of Homeopathy and many Eastern and Asian therapies it is extended far beyond the plant kingdom).
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Most Common Name: Thebaine
Also Known As (other names): 

Thebaine: also called paramorphine C19H21NO3

Thebaine is a isoquinoline alkaloid that has no direct therapeutic use although it is used to synthesize other opiate based compounds like codeine.

Isoquinoline Alkaloids: A large class of medically active alkaloids with very varied properties although this group does contain many constituents from which the most habit forming drugs are made. Precursors of isoquinoline alkaloids are tyrosine and phenylalanine.

Properties of these alkaloids range widely from Anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antitumor, antimicrobial and antiviral to analgesic, narcotic and antitussive, plus virtually everything in-between. Because of this very wide scope each of the alkaloids should be regarded as individual and no general properties can be attributed to the group known as isoquinoline alkaloids.

Alkaloids Typical alkaloids are alkaline organic vegetable substances containing one or more nitrogen atoms. This nitrogen base is capable of combining with acids to form crystalline salts. Most alkaloids are derived from amino acids while a few are derived from isoprene units. Alkaloids are white or colourless solids containing oxygen (oxygen free alkaloids are few and far between and then can only exist as liquids) Most alkaloids are not water soluble, extraction is normally by tincture.
Alkaloids are found in about one quarter of all flowering plants. Thousands of alkaloids have been identified from a large number of plants where the alkaloid can be present in virtually every part of the plant or just a specific part like rhizome, leaf or seed.
Alkaloids generally have profound physiological impact on the human body and nervous system effects are predominant.
Many alkaloids are used as extracted and refined compounds derived from the actual plants or synthesised compounds in pharmaceutical drugs.
Several Alkaloids are banned in many countries because of the extreme impact on the nervous system (strychnine for instance is a deadly poison in very small doses) and the habit forming nature of some of the alkaloid compounds.

 
 

Thebaine constituent is present in:

Medicinally Significant volume

Minor volume
Thebaine is present in small quantities which may not be enough to be a significant dosage for medicinal purposes or is not the major constituent of this plant/herb

   
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