What is THC?
Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC as it is commonly referred to, is the most commonly known product of marijuana. It is located on the flower of marijuana in crystal form which is visible to the naked eye. THC is the most well-known product of marijuana and can be found easily through local dispensaries. THC is used to treat a variety of ailments and has proven to be effective as an alternative medicine.
History and discovery of THC
Marijuana has been known to be an effective medicine as far back as 2737 BC, when Chinese emperor Shen Nong discovered that marijuana could be used for a multitude of ailments. Through its discovery of use in the medical world, marijuana use eventually spread to India, the Middle East, and eventually to Europe. Most of the use of marijuana to these other parts of the world outside of China was for recreational use. Once marijuana was brought to the new world in 1545, it was mainly treated as a cash crop for the use of fiber. It was eventually phased out by other major cash crops.
Marijuana did not become popular again in the western world until the 1920’s when it was again used recreationally during prohibition. Without access to alcohol, marijuana became an excellent alternative. It was occasionally used medicinally until its subsequent listing as a controlled substance in 1970. It has now become accepted in the medical community as a legitimate medicinal cure for a variety of ailments.
THC was only more recently discovered as the leading psychotropic chemical compound within marijuana in 1964 by Israeli chemist Rafael Mechoulam. Dr. Mechoulam and his team were able to study, extract, and synthesize THC, allowing for major advancements in the development and study of THC within its medical applications. Research into THC has consistently suggested that THC is safe and should be moved from a Schedule 1 drug.
Medical Benefits of THC
THC has shown excellent potential, as well as proven results when it comes to direct medical application. While THC is not always a direct cure for many ailments, it has been proven to help relieve some of the symptoms and pain associated with many diseases. Some of the ailments that can benefits from THC use are:
There are mild side effects associated with THC. One such side effect is the psychotropic effect that THC provides once interacting with your cannabinoid receptors, creating the typical high feeling. While this may be an uncomfortable feeling for some, must patients find this to be quite enjoyable. As a patient continues to consume THC on a regular basis, they begin to build a general tolerance towards this high feeling. Otherwise, excessive smoking may cause some mild lung irritation. However, this is not a side effect of THC consumption, but rather smoking in general. There are alternatives to ingesting THC outside of smoking.
THC vs. CBD and Other Marijuana Byproducts
While THC is produced through the marijuana flower, it is not the only type of chemical compound produced by marijuana. In fact, there are at least 113 cannabinoids that are produced through marijuana, with THC being the most commonly known. However, more attention has been drawn to the cannabinoid Cannabidiol, or CBD oil. The attention that has been given to CBD is based on the fact that it does not contain the psychotropic qualities that THC has, but still delivers similar healing abilities when interacting with cannabinoid receptors. THC can generally assist much more in certain ailments, such as PTSD and pain relief.
Ways to Consume THC
It is a fairly common misconception that THC can only be taken by smoking marijuana. However, there are multiple methods for consuming THC. There are oil extracts that are available in order to use in an electronic cigarette, reducing the amount of tar consumed while still allowing the patient to smoke. It is also possible to smoke through highly concentrated dabs, or butane hash oil. This concentration is very high and should only be used for certain ailments. Outside of smoking, tinctures provide a highly concentrated level of THC without the need to smoke and are consumed through small amounts dropped into a patient’s mouth. Edibles are also an excellent option to ingest marijuana without the need to smoke. Additionally, there are certain spray mixtures available, which are similar to tinctures. Sprays are highly popular within the UK.
Effects of THC
The effects of THC are generally positive, with the negative side effects being mild. Some of the side effects of THC are as follows:
Removal of THC from Your Body
There are multiple methods of removing THC from your body. This may be necessary when looking for new employment, as some employers do require drug tests or do not approve of marijuana use based on certain job functions (such as heavy equipment operators or engineers). Additionally, it is good to detox your body on occasion in order to remove any unnecessary chemicals from your body. Some of the best methods for detoxing are using a sauna, drinking extra water, exercising, and drinking detox drinks. In general, detox drinks will include ingredients such as B vitamins, milk thistle, and guarana. There are many options available in regards to supplements and detox beverages available online as well as at your local supplement stores.