THC, short for tetrahydrocannabinol, is the component in cannabis responsible for the plant’s psychoactive effects. You know that euphoric “high” feeling after using cannabis? That is because of THC. THC can be used in the method of flower, concentrates, vapes, tinctures, edibles and topicals.
THC is a cannabinoid which is a category of chemicals that interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system. There are four types of THC present in the cannabis plant. They are known as THCA, THCV, Delta-8 THC, and Delta-9 THC. They all have somewhat different properties and medical benefits. When cannabinoids attach to rececptors in the human brain, THC activates the neurons that influence happiness, memory, logic, body coordination and perception.
THC does build up in your system over time. Therefore, how often you use THC will determine how long it remains in your body. Usually, THC can be detected in the occasional users for one to three days after last use whereas 30 days or longer in regular users. The method in which you consume cannabis also plays a role. For example, it takes our bodies longer to process the THC found in an edible. This means it will stay in your system longer than if you were smoking.
Research has shown us that THC, as well as CBD, can be used to treat a range of medical conditions and relieve symptoms of certain conditions. Many patients are using THC and CBD as another form of medication rather than perscription drugs. When looking at it from a recreational view, what could be better than feeling good, relaxing and having a sense of euphoria all at the same time? Research is still needed regarding this topic as a whole, but thankfully clinicial trials are consistently taking place and giving us great information.
Below are some of the known THC benefits researchers have found thus far:
- Alleviate pain
- Reduce nausea from Chemotheraphy
- Reduce muscle pain
- Improve sleep
As with any medications there is the potential risk of side effects. THC also has a few side effects. For some users, it can be addictive and while you cannot fatally overdose on THC, consuming a large amount can bring upon paranoia, anxiety, dry mouth, nausea and vomitting. We recommend starting slow and increasing dosage if and when needed.
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