Cannabis has proven to be extremely useful for ailing humans during the last couple of years. However, it is still under the microscope of researchers, physicians, patients, and society in general. There is a lot of ongoing research related to medical marijuana and key stakeholders want to know as much as they can about this growing industry. Of particular interest is THC. What Is THC and Why Should I get It? You may ask. Read on to find out.
So, how did we stumble upon THC?
Cannabis has been studied for religious, medical, and recreational purposes since the last 5,000 years. Surprisingly, it was only in 1964 that scientists Yechiel Goani and Raphael Mechoulam discovered the cannabinoid, THC. The discovery of THC led to the discovery of other related cannabinoids, including CBD and endocannabinoids.
Once it became known widely that THC is the active ingredient in Cannabis, scientists started researching on it and on the usefulness of the plant. Like mentioned earlier, THC is one of the major psychoactive components of the cannabis plant. In short, it is the cannabinoid that is responsible for generating that euphoric high after you consume the plant and the herb for whatever purpose.
Like many of the cannabinoids present with the plant, THC has the ability to communicate with our system to produce numerous results. THC can activate CB1 receptors present within our central nervous system to induce the unique “high” effect that is associated with it.
What does Society think on such Cannabinoids?
The potential that THC holds in the field of medicine has been wrapped up due to the many social stigmas and political red tape tied to it. Society, in general, used to believe that cannabis as a plant, and THC as a cannabinoid, can be particularly harmful and may present potential dangers in the future. That perception is rapidly changing as both cannabis and THC have benefited from improved acceptability in the medical field today.
How Does THC Act In Patients?
Cannabis and THC have traditionally been ingested in the body by smoking dried herb. However, as patients of medical cannabis would agree, there are numerous other methods of prescriptive consumption now. These methods are safer and more beneficial to your health than inhaling smoke or even tinctures.
THC usually works in tandem with other cannabinoids present within cannabis to create what is known as the entourage effect. All Cannabinoids, like THC and CBD, and aromatic terpenes, work together, to help patients succeed in their progress towards recovery. The combination of these cannabionoids and terpenes is what makes for the entourage effect, and the healing associated with cannabis.
What Are The Therapeutic Benefits of THC?
In general, the therapeutic effects of THC are extremely diverse in nature. These effects can be both short term and long term, based on numerous factors—the dose, potency, and condition of the individual.
Some of the therapeutic effects of THC are:
· Muscle Relaxant
· Appetite Stimulant
· Can lower blood pressure
· Pain reliever
· Helps in Memory Impairment
· Helps with Anxiety
THC, with its therapeutic effects, can be extremely helpful in reducing symptoms of any of the above conditions. The cannabinoid also assists in the recovery process through its presence in the entourage effect.