New to THC? Interested in trying it for the first time? You’ve come to the right place. We are here to help!
Tetrahydrocannabinol aka “THC” is the primary psychoactive compound found in cannabis plants that is known for the euphoric high feeling. THC may also be known as “Trans-delta9-THC” or “Delta-9-THC”.
THC is actually the most well-known of the 150 cannabinoids and helped discover the human body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). THC activates the CB1 receptors in the brain and CB2 receptors in the immune system, making it an effective anti-inflammatory that can aide in relieving acute and chronic pain.
For some, using THC for the first time can be uncomfortable. Too many unknowns causing fears and/ or concerns. We recommend starting slow and increasing dosage from there. If you have any questions, we are here to help you.
Below is a little THC 411 to get you started.
THC COMES IN MANY FORMS
Users are able to experience the benefits of THC through various methods of consumption. Here are a few ways users can consume THC:
There are pros and cons to each of these THC consumption methods. It is important to find what works best for you.
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MEDICAL REASONS AND BENEFITS
When the dosage is used correctly, THC offers medical benefits and can be used to help ease the symptoms and effects of
- Multiple sclerosis (MS)
- Eating Disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Chronic pain
- Neuropathic pain
- Autoimmune diseases and disorders
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Parkinson’s disease
For many medical patients, using THC is a better option than other prescribed medications.
POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
As with any medications, there is the possibility of unwanted side effects such as:
- Dry mouth aka cotton mouth
- Rapid heart rate
- Anxiety/ paranoia
- Decreased motor coordination
If you are experiencing unwanted negative side effects, please remember they will pass. Click here to read our blog post about what to do when you are feeling too high.
HOW DOES THC AFFECT THE BODY
The psychoactive effects of THC are thought to be due to the activation of CB1 receptors and inhibition of the enzyme fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH), which increases the amount of anandamide available in the body.
THC also stimulates cells in the brain to release dopamine. Dopamine is seen as the main hormone associated with pleasure, but this is not entirely accurate. Instead, dopamine plays a role in motivation and reward-seeking behavior, as opposed to pleasure directly. This combination affects memory, happiness, movements, thinking, concentration, coordination, and sensory and time perception.
HOW DOES THC PROCESS IN THE BODY?
The journey of THC traveling though the body is quite complex. First, users consume THC in one of it’s many forms and the cannabinoid enters the bloodstream. Then, the body will further metabolizes THC as the bloodstream sends the compound into various tissue cells. The metabolizing process is the way our body transforms and converts chemical forms before ultimately excreting them.
Depending on how you consume THC makes a big differences in terms to how the body will process the THC.
For example, if users consume cannabis orally, THC will enter the intestines, travel through the liver, and then be metabolized through liver cells. This process is slower compared to when users vape. Vaping effects of THC can begin almost instantaneously in the body and brain. Therefore, the mood shift and change in heart rate are signs your body is processing THC.
While your body is processing THC, the compound remains active in your system. Users may feel lingering effects for hours or even days until the metabolic process is completed and THC has exited your body.
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