JWH-176 is an analgesic drug which acts as a cannabinoid receptor agonist. Its binding affinity at the CB1 receptor is only 26.0nM, making it more potent than THC itself,[1] however JWH-176 is particularly notable in that it is a hydrocarbon containing no heteroatoms. This demonstrates that reasonably high-affinity cannabinoid binding and agonist effects can be produced by compounds with no hydrogen bonding capacity at all, relying merely on Van der Waals interactions to bind to the receptor.[2] It was discovered by, and named after, Dr. John W. Huffman.

See also

  • JWH-175