Docosanoic acid, also known as behenic acid, is a saturated fatty acid that belongs to the long-chain fatty acid family. It is commonly found in various natural sources, including plant oils, animal fats, and microbial lipids. In the context of cannabis, docosanoic acid may be present as a minor component in the plant or as part of the fatty acid profile in cannabis oil or extracts.
Origins and Properties: Docosanoic acid is named after the genus of rapeseed, Brassica, which was previously known as “Rapum behen” in Latin. It can be derived from different sources, such as coconut oil, rapeseed oil, and other vegetable oils, as well as animal fats like beef tallow or mutton fat.
Docosanoic acid is a white, waxy solid at room temperature and has a melting point of around 80°C (176°F). It is insoluble in water but soluble in organic solvents like ethanol, ether, and chloroform.