What is Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)?

What is Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)?

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the psychoactive chemical compound found in the cannabis buds, or flowers. The biggest concentration of THC is in the trichomes of the buds. THC is known for having low toxicity to humans as no lethal overdose on THC has ever been reported in medical history. There have been numerous studies over time that has been conducted to show the medicinal benefits of cannabis.

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When was THC discovered and what does it do?

Weed has been around for centuries, the THC molecule was discovered in 1964. Once pot smoker, ingests THC, it triggers the release of a neurotransmitter called dopamine. Dopamine is responsible for the pleasure part of cannabis consumer’s brain, hence the feeling of euphoria.  Many medical cannabis patients have found that after ingesting pot, the THC found in cannabis can help them with their appetite, body weight, sleep, insomnia, and depression.

How do you properly measure the potency of cannabis and cannabis-related products?

Cannabinoids, more specifically phytocannabinoids, are a class of biochemical compounds that are found in the flowers of pot plants. There are 85 compounds and over 400 natural ingredients found naturally occurring in pot. THC is the most well-known cannabinoid but many people do not know that to measure the potency of your pot buds, you need to look at both THCA and THC. THCA is heated and ultimately convert to THC through a process called decarboxylation. THC is the stuff that gets pot consumers high.

Both, THC and CBD are well known for its wide variety in treating many medical ailments and has many known medical uses. THC and CBD are generally the two compounds found in the highest concentrations in the marijuana plant. These two cannabinoids are also working in conjunction with each other.

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Does smoking marijuana kill brain cells?

The famous rumor that marijuana kills brain cells has been proven wrong in numerous studies they have actually found THC to have a positive effects on a person’s brain cells. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is classified as a neuroprotectant. This protects the brain cells from injury which can be caused from inflammation. Furthermore scientists have proven THC has the ability to support new growth in brain cells, called neurogenesis.

What is decarboxylation and why is it important?

THC is the most famous member of the phytocannabinoid family. Decarboxylation is the chemical process of converting the precursor THCA into THC and gets the pot user stoned. Aside from getting potheads stoned, THC has also shown to be useful in a variety of medical conditions along with other cannabinoids most concentrated in the trichomes of the cannabis buds.

 

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