What is THC?
Tetrahydrocannabinol, also known as THC, is part of the plant that causes psychoactivity. It’s ability to provide pain relief and ease mental upset makes the difference for people all over the world.
How THC Interacts with the Body
The human body has a system of receptors known as the endocannabinoid system. This system regulates all kinds of physical and psychological functions, affecting everything from digestion to inflammation to mood.
THC works to help soothe pain, calm anxiety, and ease nausea. It essentially modifies the endocannabinoid receptors and changes the messages they send out to the body, creating a variety of physical and mental responses in the process.
How will THC make me Feel?
Everyone’s body chemistry is different, so individual reactions to THC will vary from person to person. Side effects like dry mouth and hunger are common, along with slight drowsiness, excitement, and in some cases increased anxiety and paranoia. It’s difficult to predict exactly how a person will react to THC, which is why it’s important to “start low and go slow” until you are more familiar with how your body will react.
THC as a Medicinal Treatment
THC can help treat dozens of physical and mental conditions. It’s proven beneficial in managing the symptoms of everything from PTSD to chronic nerve pain to Crohn’s disease.
Recent studies have also shown that THC is a neuroprotectant, meaning it protects and even stimulates brain cells, which could have a huge impact on how degenerative conditions like Parkinson’s are treated.
As marijuana laws evolve and change, more and more research is being conducted to further our understanding about the many medicinal qualities of THC.
Erasing the THC Stigma
There are a lot of misconceptions about THC.
People fear the unknown, and those who fear THC the most tend to know very little about it.
Educating people about THC, and marijuana in general, is crucial helping them understand and appreciate the benefits of it. The more studies that are conducted, the more information that is shared, and the more people that are helped, the easier it will be to finally erase the negative perceptions of THC—and start using medical marijuana to make a positive impact on the lives of people everywhere.