In our last post, we learned all about CBD. Today we’ll be focusing on CBD’s close cousin in the phytocannabinoid family – tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC as it’s more commonly known.
You have probably heard of THC before. It’s the substance in marijuana that causes the euphoric sensation or “high” that occurs when someone uses marijuana.
But marijuana does a lot more than that. The THC in marijuana works in a similar way to CBD. It interacts with the endocannabinoid system, producing beneficial effects that may provide relief from symptoms of certain health conditions.
That is why people across the world swear by the benefits of medical cannabis. For so many, marijuana is much more than a way to feel good – it’s a therapeutic substance that offers relief from the symptoms of debilitating health problems.
What is THC?
Similar to CBD, THC is part of a class of substances known as cannabinoids.
Although CBD and THC can be found in varying degrees in marijuana and hemp, and they each work within the body in similar ways, there are still key differences between them.
The biggest difference is that THC is a psychoactive cannabinoid, while CBD is not. That means that using THC is likely to produce the euphoric sensation that it is so well known for.
Many people use marijuana to feel this effect. It’s a big reason why recreational cannabis has become so popular across the country. However, it’s important to note that not everyone will react the same way to THC.
For this and other reasons, marijuana is best used with caution. This is especially true if you have never tried marijuana before, and you are not sure how you will react to its effects.
How Does THC Work?
Although the effects of THC and CBD may feel different when you take them, under the surface they each work in similar ways.
Like CBD, THC works by interacting with the endocannabinoid system – the intricate signaling system that plays a crucial role in maintaining our health and well-being. THC increases the effects of endocannabinoids, such as anandamide, that are produced in the body naturally.
By increasing levels of anandamide and other endocannabinoids, THC is able to affect our health and well-being in several critical ways.
Although there is still a lot of research that needs to be conducted, THC has been shown to offer potential therapeutic benefits for several chronic health conditions, including:
In addition, THC is being studied for its potential to help manage several other chronic and debilitating health conditions. Although research for these conditions is in the very early stages, some of these health conditions include:
- Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Alzheimer’s disease and dementia
- Gastrointestinal disorders, like inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
- And several other chronic health conditions
While THC may help in the management of certain health conditions, it can also have several side-effects. These side-effects may be worse if you suffer from certain health problems, such as psychiatric disorders or heart disease. Common side effects of THC include:
- Anxiety and paranoia
- Increased heart rate
- Low blood pressure
Because THC may cause side-effects – some of which can be serious – you should only use products containing THC after talking to your doctor or healthcare provider.
Is THC Legal?
While hemp-derived CBD can now be purchased legally in stores and pharmacies across the country, THC is still illegal on the federal level. Therefore, THC can only be legally purchased in states that have passed adult-use or medical cannabis laws.
The legal landscape of marijuana is constantly changing and it can sometimes be difficult to keep track of the changing laws. To see whether or not your state has passed medical marijuana or adult-use cannabis laws, click here.
Learn more about THC, CBD and the endocannabinoid system
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