by Laura Geftman, LCSW
Nope. Not an abbreviation. Tetrahydrocannabinol also know as THC is the most common compound found in the cannabis plant. It’s one of approx 113 cannabinoids that have been identified in cannabis. While all of the of the molecular structures have their own unique properties and medical benefits, THC is best known as the principle psychoactive constituent of cannabis.
THC binds to CB1 & CB2 receptors and exhibits pain relief. This relief is starting to be discovered at a similar magnitude of opioids. Replacing opioids with cannabis is projected to be the answer to the opioid epidemic.
THC is what make users feel “high.” When used properly that high provides feeling of happiness, euphoria, and often hunger. However when too much is used, feelings of paranoia and lacks of energy may be experienced. Today’s cannabis strains contain an average of 12 to 20 percent THC. High-dose THC product contain around 30 percent THC.
THC is also often used to treat sleep disorders, cancer, HIV and other medical conditions.
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