Beginner’s Guide to THC: Definition, Benefits, and Side Effects
THC, short for tetrahydrocannabinol, is one of the major components of marijuana. It is responsible for most of the psychological effects of marijuana.
In this short guide, we will explain everything you need to know about THC. We will answer the following 4 questions to help you get a better understanding of THC:
- What exactly is THC?
- What are its benefits?
- What are its side effects?
- How much THC is usually found in marijuana?
Without further ado, let’s see the answers to these questions.
What Exactly is THC?
Science defines THC as,
“Tetrahydrocannabinol is one of the cannabinoids found in cannabis plants. It is a crystalline compound that is also the primary active ingredient of marijuana,”.
In simpler terms, THC is the component of marijuana that creates strong mental sensations. It is responsible for the majority of marijuana’s psychological effects.
According to NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse), THC has somewhat similar effects to naturally made cannabinoid chemicals by our bodies.
Like CBD, THC also positively interacts with the endocannabinoid system to enhance better overall health. Similar to CBD, THC also betters health but in completely different ways.
Also, similarly to CBD, THC has various side effects that range from dry mouth to memory loss.
Benefits of THC
According to NIDA, THC helps our body by stimulating brain cells to release dopamine, creating a state of euphoria. This leads to both mental and physical relaxation.
THC is commonly used to treat:
- Low appetite
- Muscle spasticity
So, THC has healing properties that most people can really use in their lives.
Side Effects of THC
Risks involved in using THC are mostly temporary. However, according to NIDA, large doses of THC can trigger a relapse in schizophrenic conditions. Therefore, people with a history of schizophrenic conditions should consult their doctors before smoking any strain of marijuana.
Side effects of THC include the following:
- Red eyes
- Dry eyes
- Dry mouth
- Memory loss
- Increased heart rate
- Slower reaction times
- Coordination problems
So if you’re on any medication (that contains THC) or are smoking marijuana, then make sure to not go out alone and never be in the driving seat of a vehicle.
That would be dangerous for you and for every other passenger on the road. Instead of doing this, be smart and get someone else to drive you wherever you need to go.
Also, make sure to consult your doctor before you take anything with high THC content. Because THC can react negatively with several medications.
THC Concentration in Marijuana
THC level in marijuana completely depends on which marijuana strain you’re talking about. Because THC levels can range from as little as 0.3% to as high as over 20%.
So, it completely depends on which cannabis plant has the marijuana strain been derived from.
Quick Facts about THC
Here are some popular quick facts about THC:
- THC is illegal in many states and countries.
- THC relieves pain.
- THC consumption is shown on drug tests.
- THC reduces nausea.
- THC reduces anxiety.
- THC helps ease migraines.
- THC does not help with depression.
- THC helps you sleep.