A summary of the most common chemical descriptors (InChI Key and SMILES codes) for 8alpha-OH-delta9-THC are summarized together with 3D and 2D structures and relevant physico-chemical properties.

What is the 8alpha-OH-delta9-THC?

The molecule 8alpha-OH-delta9-THC presents a molecular formula of C21H30O3 and its IUPAC name is (6aR,8S,10aR)-6,6,9-trimethyl-3-pentyl-6a,7,8,10a-tetrahydrobenzo[c]chromene-1,8-diol.

8-alpha-OH-delta9-THC is a molecule that belongs in the cannabis plant. This molecule is responsible for the psychoactive effects of cannabis. When this molecule is consumed, it binds to the cannabinoid receptors in the brain and produces a variety of effects, including changes in mood, perception, and behavior..

3D structure

Cartesian coordinates

Geometry of 8alpha-OH-delta9-THC in x, y and z coordinates (Å units) to copy/paste elsewhere. Generated with Open Babel software.

2D drawing


8alpha-OH-delta9-THC INKUWBOHCFHXTJ-ZACQAIPSSA-N chemical compound 2D structure molecule svg


Molecule descriptors

IUPAC name(6aR,8S,10aR)-6,6,9-trimethyl-3-pentyl-6a,7,8,10a-tetrahydrobenzo[c]chromene-1,8-diol
InChI codeInChI=1S/C21H30O3/c1-5-6-7-8-14-10-18(23)20-15-9-13(2)17(22)12-16(15)21(3,4)24-19(20)11-14/h9-11,15-17,22-23H,5-8,12H2,1-4H3/t15-,16-,17+/m1/s1

Other names (synonyms)

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One common source of synonyms for chemical compounds is the common or trivial names, assigned on the basis of appearance, properties, or origin of the molecule.

Another source of synonyms are historical or obsolete names employed in the past, however replaced nowadays by more modern or standardized names.

In addition to common and historical names, chemical compounds may also have synonyms that are specific to a particular field or industry.

  • 8alpha-OH-delta9-THC
  • BDBM50092348

Reference codes for other databases

There exist several different chemical codes commonly used in orded to identify molecules:
  • ZINC2007778
  • CHEMBL3586104

Physico-Chemical properties

IUPAC name(6aR,8S,10aR)-6,6,9-trimethyl-3-pentyl-6a,7,8,10a-tetrahydrobenzo[c]chromene-1,8-diol
Molecular formulaC21H30O3
Molecular weight330.461
Melting point (ºC)
Boiling point (ºC)
Density (g/cm3)
Molar refractivity99.07
Topological polar surface area49.7

LogP and topological polar surface area (TPSA) values were estimated using Open Babel software.

The n-octanol/water partition coeficient (Kow) data is applied in toxicology and drug research. Kow values are used, to guess the environmental fate of persistent organic pollutants. High partition coefficients values, tend to accumulate in the fatty tissue of organisms. Molecules with a log(Kow) (or LogP) greater than 5 are considered to bioaccumulate.

TPSA values are the sum of the surface area over all polar atoms or molecules, mainly oxygen and nitrogen, also including hydrogen atoms.

In medicinal chemistry, TPSA is used to assess the ability of a drug to permeabilise cells.

For molecules to penetrate the blood-brain barrier (and act on receptors in the central nervous system), TPSA values below 90 Å2 are required. Thus, molecules with a polar surface area greater than 140 Å2 tend to be poorly permeable to cell membranes.