THC or THC is a compound that is responsible for most of the psychoactive effects of marijuana or marijuana. According to a recent study, “THC’s chemical structure is similar to the brain chemical anandamide,” a very interesting finding since it wasn’t until the past decade or so that marijuana started to shake off its bad-for-you stigma.1
In this article we will discuss what THC is and what THC does.
What is THC or THC?
THC is a lipid present in the cannabis plant that is speculated to be actively involved in plant evolutionary adaptation, UV light, environmental stress, and insect predation.
Because THC’s chemical structure is similar to that of Anandamide, THC can attach itself to cannabinoid receptors in some areas of our brains associated with memory, thinking, perception, pleasure, and coordination.
THC is a compound found in the resin secreted by the glands of the cannabis plant. These glands are mainly distributed around the reproductive organs of plants.
In addition to THC, other cannabinoids, such as CBD, are found in the plant’s glandular resin. CBD is non-psychoactive in nature, which means it doesn’t cause highs like THC.
Concentration of THC in Cannabis Plants
Cannabis plant is a cannabis plant that contains up to 0.3% THC or THC. Hemp plants are used to produce industrial hemp products such as paper, rope, and hemp blocks, as well as CBD products such as CBD gummies, CBD topicals, CBD capsules, and more.
On the other hand, the cannabis plant is also a cannabis plant, and the potency of the THC it produces can range from 4% to 90%.
Cultivation techniques have increased potency, which once averaged 4% in cannabis that someone might have smoked in the 1980s, reaching the high potency we currently find in marijuana strains on the market today.
The effect of TCH on the body
THC or THC stimulates brain cells to produce euphoria by releasing dopamine. THC also begins to interfere with the way information is processed in the brain’s hippocampus, which is responsible for forming new memories.
THC may induce hallucinations, cause delusions, or alter a person’s thought processes. Depending on the potency of the marijuana or smoked flower used in the product, the effects may last for two hours or more.
Reported effects of THC include anxiety, euphoria, short-term memory loss, tachycardia, sedation, pain relief, relaxation, and more.
The medicinal value of THC
Cannabis has been used for medically related purposes for about 3000 years or more. In 1996, California became the first state to legalize medical marijuana. While it’s not currently federally legal, many states have begun legalizing marijuana for medical use at the state level, and some have legalized it as well.
THC is extracted or synthesized from cannabis to produce many of the THC-based products that can be found on the open market, and the FDA has approved a drug called Dronabinol, a synthetic compound that contains the cannabinoids in cannabis. Dronabinol is used to prevent or treat vomiting and nausea associated with cancer medications. It is also used to increase appetite in AIDS patients.
Research also suggests that THC may help relieve pain and insomnia, as well as relieve anxiety, when used properly. Provide additional health or medical benefits.
While it is almost impossible to overdose on THC in the traditional sense, some people do experience “overdose” effects when they consume too much THC. This usually happens when someone eats foods high in milligram doses of THC. As legalization and the stigma surrounding THC begins to spread in the United States, “overdoses” on THC foods will continue to increase.
Some people, now starting to realize that marijuana is a substance they feel comfortable consuming, see edibles as a way to get into THC consumption. While this is a great way to see if THC is right for you, the problem is that many food products are produced very efficiently. The moral of the story is, if you’re interested in THC foods, start with low-dose foods.
THC can last longer in the gastrointestinal tract at high strengths for about 6 to 8 hours. However, THC inhalation usually lasts from one to three hours.
THC and CBD (Medical Benefits)
Depending on the user and product, THC and CBD may have similar medical effects or benefits. Both can relieve a variety of health conditions. However, THC produces psychoactive effects, while CBD does not.
Due to this fact, some people prefer CBD over THC due to the lack of psychoactive properties.
In 2018, the legal drug Epidelex was approved by the FDA, becoming the first-ever prescription drug containing CBD. It is used to treat difficult-to-detect and rare types of epilepsy.
CBD can help you reduce the burden of:
Whereas, THC may help in:
- muscle spasms
- loss of appetite problem
THC vs CBD (Side Effects)
An in-depth look at the side effects of CBD
CBD is well tolerated even in high doses. However, THC may cause temporary side effects such as coordination problems, imbalance, increased heart rate, dry mouth, bloodshot eyes, slowed reaction times, anxiety, and memory loss.
CBD side effects include,
Fatigue, weight loss, appetite changes, diarrhea, and dizziness.
THC drug test
Find out if CBD will show up on your drug test
THC cannabinoids are stored in the body’s fat. If drug tested, they can easily appear even weeks or days after consumption.
Not every test can detect CBD, but there are CBD sensitivity tests available. All standard tests for drugs will check for THC chemicals, so marijuana or THC consumption may show up on screening.
THC has medical benefits and is safe when consumed with proper guidance or dosage. If you take high doses of marijuana or THC, you also need to consider the side effects. It may also interact with other medications you take every day for other health problems. Always consult your doctor before using any product containing THC.
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2Weber, CW and Weber, SM (2014). Therapeutic benefits of cannabis: a patient survey. Hawaiian Journal of Medicine and Public Health: Asia Pacific Journal of Medicine and Public Health, 73(4), 109–111.