Norwood Naturals Explores the Infamous Cannabinoid THC
Norwood Naturals Explores the Infamous Cannabinoid THC
Marijuana is one of the most celebrated plants in the world due to its medicinal and intoxicating properties. Ever wondered what brings about these properties? THC does! But, what is THC and what is the hype around it?
Brief History of THC
We’re glad you asked! According to Wikipedia, Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the principal psychoactive constituent of cannabis and one of at least 113 total cannabinoids identified in the plant. The term THC usually refers to the Delta-9-THC isomer with the chemical name Delta Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol or marijuana. THC is found most abundantly in the flowers of female marijuana plants. These flowers are coated in small resin glands called trichomes.
THC was first discovered and isolated by Bulgarian-born chemist Raphael Mechoulam in Israel in 1964. It was found that, when smoked, tetrahydrocannabinol is absorbed into the bloodstream and travels to the brain, attaching itself to the naturally occurring endocannabinoid CB1 and CB2 receptors located in the cerebral cortex, cerebellum, and basal ganglia. These are the parts of the brain responsible for thinking, happiness, memory, pleasure, coordination, and movement.
According to History.com.editors, Marijuana, also known as cannabis or pot has a long history of human use. Most ancient cultures didn’t grow the plant to get high, but instead, it was grown as herbal medicine. Early settlers also grew hemp for textiles and rope. The cannabis or hemp plant originally evolved in Central Asia into Africa, Europe, and eventually the United States likely starting around 500 BC.
Scientists later discovered THC was the source of marijuana’s mind-altering effects
In the 1800s, a man named Sir William Brooke O’Shaughnessy found that cannabis extract could help lessen stomach pain and vomiting. Cannabis extracts were sold in pharmacies and doctor’s offices in Europe and the United States to treat stomach problems and other ailments.
Political and racial factors in the 20th century led to the criminalization of marijuana in the United States.
Effective May 1, 1971, the Controlled Substances Act made Marijuana a Schedule 1 drug along with heroin, LSD, Ecstacy, and Magic Mushrooms.
Schedule 2: Cocaine, Meth, Oxycodone, Adderall, Ritalin, and Vicodin.
Schedule 3: Tylenol with Codeine, Ketamine, Anabolic Steroids, and Testosterone
Schedule 4: Xanax, Soma, Darvocet, Valium, and Ambien
Schedule 5: Robitussin AC, Lomotil, Motofen, Lyrica, and Parepectolin
How do you consume THC?
Through smoking blunts, of course! Just kidding, although smoking is the most popular way of consuming Tetrahydrocannabinol, it comes in various forms. To include infused products with CBD, as a Full-Spectrum product.
Oils/Tinctures – Placed under the tongue with the help of a dropper
Creams/Lotions – Helpful in treating joint pain and various skin diseases
Edibles – Gummies, brownies, candies and every sort of edible can be infused with Tetrahydrocannabinol
Carts– comes in a slim tube in a liquid form for vaping
Dabs – Shatter – Crumbles are some of the newest additions
Benefits of THC
Medical Marijuana is often sought out for pain relief and calming of the brain. According to creaky joints, THC activates certain cannabinoid receptors, one of which is in the nerve cells and the other the immune cells. When the nerve cell is activated it reduces the sensation of pain. The high THC provides can also play a role in how people experience pain. Much in the same way that other pain medications work.
Reduction in Nausea
According to Healthline, While CBD may play a part in reducing nausea, researchers conclude Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main psychoactive component of cannabis, does more of the heavy lifting when it comes to helping with nausea and vomiting.
Reduction in Muscle Spasms
A study by the University of South Carolina found that cannabinoids such as THC bind with cannabinoid receptors within the human endocannabinoid system to reduced levels of inflammatory proteins. Reduced levels of these proteins in turn result in a suppression of the spasm response.
Improvement in Sleeping Pattern
A disturbed sleeping pattern is quite commonly experienced by people with underlying health conditions. As far as, what some studies show, it is believed products containing THC can help the improvement of short-term sleep-related problems, reduction in sleep disturbances, and decrease the time required to fall asleep.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is THC Safe?
So far there is very little evidence of controlled THC consumption causing harm to anyone. It is, in fact, medically prescribed to people suffering from pain, depression, etc. So if people consume the compound under the proper guidance of how much to consume, when to consume, etc. it will help them achieve that balance they were looking for.
Will THC get me high?
The content of Tetrahydrocannabinol varies in strains of marijuana and in products composed of Cannabis. So while “how high” you can get through different strains may differ, THC will definitely get you high.
Is THC Illegal?
The United States has legalized made marijuana legal for medicinal and recreational purposes. However, as per the federal law of the US, marijuana possession is still declared illegal, in certain states.
Is THC Safe for kids?
Further research is required to answer this question, but for now, it is not recommended for children.
Is THC Addictive?
Yes, Tetrahydrocannabinol has a high potential for dependency. In fact, it is the most common drug of addiction all over the globe.
Does THC show up on Drug Tests?
Yes, it certainly does, even after days of use. The exact number is vague and depends on every individual’s unique body type. Almost all drug tests screen you for traces of Tetrahydrocannabinol.
Is THC dangerous for health?
Controlled Tetrahydrocannabinol intake, is not dangerous or fatal to health. It has some side effects but it is highly unlikely it will bring serious harm to you if taken in controlled amounts. THC does cause memory and psychotic changes, so beware of that.