There are two most recognized and studied cannabinoids in marijuana plant: Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (THC). While the THC is mainly known for its psychoactive effects that make you experience the “high”, few people know that THC offers a wide range of medical benefits, too. There’s a growing body of scientific evidence suggesting that THC may relieve chronic pain, nausea, and alleviate depression.
Here’s everything you need to know about this intriguing cannabinoid.
What Exactly Is THC?
Delta9-Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is an active chemical ingredient found inside a female cannabis flower. Of course, you can find THC in male plants, too, but its levels are, least to say, poor.
Among over 85 different cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant, only THC is known for providing such powerful, psychoactive and intoxicating effects.
Why is that?
The answer is simple: we all have specific receptors spread throughout our bodies. The collection of these receptors forms the endocannabinoid system.
That being said, our bodies are naturally designed to interact with cannabinoids because they produce similar substances. THC binds with these receptors by mimicking the molecular structure of certain endocannabinoids in our body and brain to affect them.
So, to cut the long story short, it’s no wonder that cannabis has been used for its psychoactive effects for centuries. What’s fascinating is that our science-forward times have finally given us the reason behind the marijuana high.
Known Medical Uses of THC
As I mentioned at the very beginning, THC offers plenty of health benefits. One of the most remarkable things about this cannabinoid is that shows the potential for treating cancer. However, we still need more in-depth studies on THC in that subject matter.
For the time being, let’s focus on 3 known medical uses of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol.
Pain relief is one of the most common benefits of THC. In fact, cannabis is a far safer option than prescription drugs, as it doesn’t entail the risk of suffering from serious side effects induced by pharmaceutical medications.
Glaucoma is a serious ocular condition that may eventually lead to complete blindness if not treated. Scientists discovered that THC reduces intraocular pressure; which makes it a promising alternative for patients who suffer from glaucoma. Although these are only initial studies, many reports from medical marijuana patients suggest that THC actually helps them alleviate the symptoms of the disease.
According to multiple medical studies, cannabis is an effective antiemetic treatment. It works better than many pharmaceuticals and, above all, comes with fewer side effects. Many chemotherapy patients use marijuana to fight nausea and the lack of appetite by consuming THC-rich strains.
All in all, there’s more to THC than meets the eye. This cannabinoid is not only successful in treating glaucoma, chronic pain, and nausea, but it’s also perfect for keeping you calm, improving your mood, and relieving stress. With so few side effects, it’s no wonder that has gained serious attention from the medical community.
Common Effects Of THC
There is a wide range of effects that you may experience when consuming THC. Relaxation, pain relief, and euphoria are the most popular, but you may also feel a sudden energy buzz and increased heart rate.
Oh, and don’t forget the munchies! THC will definitely make you hungry, so you should prepare some nice treats in advance.
As for the downsides, you may experience dry mouth and red eyes, so you may want to keep some eye drops on hand and a glass of orange juice, too!
THC has shown a great promise as a natural medicine, but we still need more strict studies to be done in order to reveal its true potential. For the time being, let us hope that the incoming legalization in Canada will bring the winds of change so that we can learn more about the nature of tetrahydrocannabinol.