What is THC?

THC otherwise known as Tetrahydrocannabinol, is the most known cannabinoid within the cannabis plant. It is responsible for the “high” that cannabis provides and is the main principal psychoactive component of the Cannabis Sativa plant. Cannabinoids are the active chemicals in marijuana that are like chemicals within the human body that are involved in appetite, memory, pain, and more. Allowing THC and ultimately cannabis the ability to effect, reduce, and provide relief for various ailments and further researched health benefits.

Within our bodies Endocannabinoid System, THC attaches to the cannabinoid receptors that are mostly in our brains or CB1 receptors. Once activated it can affect a person’s memory, pleasure, movements, thinking, concentration, coordination, sensory, time perception and more! THC is one of many compounds that are found in the resin secreted by the glans of the marijuana plant. THC also stimulates cells within the brain to release dopamine creating the euphoric and “high” feeling that cannabis provides.

THC is often used to help with pain! It has been said to have the ability to reduce inflammation and pain associated with inflammation and can provide relief for ailments that are affected by inflammation such as fibromyalgia. THC can provide relief for chronic neuropathic pain and pain associated with certain types of cancers. On the topic of cancer, THC has been said to kill cancer cells and slow tumor growth while also providing relief and control over nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy. THC has also been said to induce and stimulate appetite and improve weight gain with cancer and AIDS.

THC has been said to relief those that suffer from symptoms of PTSD, Alzheimer’s, Crohn's disease, and can help relax tight muscles in people with MS as well as muscle spasms in paraplegics. THC is often used to help with insomnia and can improve one’s ability to fall and stay asleep as well relieving symptoms of sleep apnea. THC is also most commonly used to reduce symptoms of glaucoma. And can also reduce anxiety for those that suffer from various anxiety disorders. THC has also been researched on its ability to help those that suffer from seizures and has been said to reduce the number of seizures a person has.

But wait! Did you know that there are two pharmaceutical forms of THC that have been FDA approved? The first is Dronabinol and is a pharmaceutical form of THC that is used as an appetite stimulant for people with AIDS or anorexia. It even works as an antiemetic for people receiving chemotherapy. The second is Nabilone and is another pharmaceutical form of THC that has been approved for treating chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting.

Resources?

https://www.ch.ic.ac.uk/vchemlib/mim/bristol/thc/thc_text.htm

https://www.livescience.com/24553-what-is-thc.html

https://www.nccih.nih.gov/health/cannabis-marijuana-and-cannabinoids-what-you-need-to-know

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tetrahydrocannabinol

https://www.webmd.com/pain-management/cbd-thc-difference

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