THC, short for Tetrahydrocannabinol, is the primary psychoactive found in cannabis. It is the ingredient that gives us that euphoric high. Just mention the word “THC” around weed enthusiasts and you’ll get an immediate smile, but with that being said, many smokers still have quite a few questions regarding the famous component that gives you that amazing “high”.
Here at marijuanabreak, we get a lot of questions in regards to THC, so we decided to share with you the most common ones:
1) When Was THC Discovered?
THC was first discovered in Israel in 1964 by Dr. Mechoulam. His discovery of THC paved the way for later discoveries and earned him numerous honors, including a NIDA Discovery Award in 2011.
2) How is THC produced?
Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is produced by the cannabis plant in the form of a carboxylic acid commonly called THCA. This acidic form of THC is non-psychoactive, which means that fresh raw cannabis delivers no psychoactivity. When heated, THCA transforms into THC, giving it its psychoactive effect.
3) Does Each Strain Have the Same Quality THC?
No, each plant has the potential to produce a specific amount of THCA. The heating process also plays an important role in the final THC product. Excessive heat can cycle THC into a more thermally stable form (delta-8-THC) which is commonly found in poorly made cannabis extractions.
4) How Long Does THC Stay in Your System?
THC is a clinger to fatty tissues. The tissues quickly absorb the chemical and then releases it slowly back into the blood. In general, standard urine tests can detect traces of THC in your system up to one month after use.
5) Are Ultra-high THC strains Better than Lower THC ones?
Not necessarily. It really depends on the reason you are consuming Marijuana. For medical purposes, it is more advised to seek strains with a higher level of CBD. It also depends on your tolerance. In contrast to what most people think, for some ultra-high THC strains can produce a strong, boring high, while lower-THC strains can produce a more interesting psychoactivity due to their rich terpene entourages.
6) How to Detect THC in Your System?
There are many ways to detect THC in your system, but the most common way is through urine testing.
7) Are Urine Tests Accurate?
The major problem with urine tests is that it doesn’t really test THC, but a different chemical called THC-COOH, which is actually a metabolite of THC. It is produced when the liver breaks down the THC. The THC-COOH is the chemical that stays in your system and will appear on different drug tests.
8) Why Does THC Give You a Euphoric High?
When smoked, THC goes into the blood through the lungs and then to the brain. It causes the “high” and can be felt within a few minutes.
Here’s how the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) explains it (emphasis mine):
“THC, acting through cannabinoid receptors, also activates the brain’s reward system, which includes regions that govern the response to healthy pleasurable behaviors like sex and eating. Like most other drugs of abuse, THC stimulates neurons in the reward system to release the signaling chemical dopamine at levels higher than typically observed in response to natural stimuli. This flood of dopamine contributes to the pleasurable “high” that recreational marijuana users seek.”
9) Can THC Effect My Baby?
Research indicates that the use of marijuana by a mother during the first month of breastfeeding can impair the infant’s motor development. Research also shows more anger and more regressive behavior (thumb sucking, temper tantrums) in toddlers whose parents use marijuana than among the toddlers of non-using parents.
10) Is THC the Same as CBD?
NO. THC is the primary psychoactive compound in marijuana. It is the compound that gives you the “high” effect. CBD is the second most talked about cannabinoid in marijuana, but unlike its cousin it is non-psychoactive. Furthermore, it is known to reduce the psychoactive effects of THC. You can read here more on the difference between THC and CBD.
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11) How Will THC Effect You?
Whether you are smoking marijuana or eating it, the THC will make you feel a little different. You may experience any of the following:
- Pain Relief
- Hunger (serious munchies)
- Red, Dry Eyes
- Dry mouth
- Decreased Body Temperature
- Slow Reaction Time
- Slower reflex time
- Increased Heart-rate
12) Does THC cause Anxiety?
There are several unpleasant side effects of THC, and they include paranoia and anxiety. THC is known to relieve anxiety in smaller doses and increase it in larger. This is due to its biphasic effects, meaning it can have two opposite effects in high doses.
13) How Long Will It Take for The Effects of THC to Wear Off?
The immediate effects of THC are not long, and they tend to wear off within 2-3 hours.
14) Does THC Have Any Long-Term Effects on Your Body?
If you are not a fanatic marijuana smoker, then you’re most probably not going to turn into The Dude from the Big Lebowski, but with that being said it is important to understand that the long-term effects of THC are not yet fully understood. It is, therefore, important to consume marijuana responsibly. Only over the last couple of years have researchers begun to explore the long-term impact of THC on our bodies.
15) Is Marijuana Addictive?
Addiction is a very complex topic. It’s possible for people to get addicted to anything that is pleasurable. While marijuana addiction is real, it is a rarer addiction than other substances. Statistics say that 9% of people who use marijuana become dependent on it, compared to 32% of tobacco users, 20% of cocaine users, and 15% of alcohol drinkers.
16) Will I get a Better High By Eating Marijuana?
It’s an entirely different experience. When eating edibles, the cannabinoids enter your system through your gastrointestinal tracts instead of your lungs. The absorption is slower, and the effects take longer. This is because your body has to process THC through your liver. Once in your liver, THC is converted into another chemical called 11-hydroxy-THC, which is more potent, explaining the intensity of an edible high.
17) How to Get THC Out of Your System Fast?
There is no real trick to getting THC out of your system, but there are a few practical methods you can use to dilute the amount of THC in your system. The system is called “The Dilution Method.”
18) I Grow Cannabis, How Can I Increase THC?
In most cases, it depends on the type of strain you are trying to grow. If your strain doesn’t have the potential of providing high THC levels, you can try as many different methods as you want – they probably won’t work.
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19) I Don’t Feel the THC. What Should I do?
Everybody has a different tolerance level. Some will feel the “high” immediately while for others, it will take slightly longer. To maximize your high, it’s best to try different strains and also different ways of consumption. Please note that it is important to consult with your physician before any intake.
20) Do I need a Medical Marijuana Card to Purchase THC?
Yes. According to Federal Laws, those who want to purchase marijuana with high levels of THC are required to obtain a medical marijuana card through their state’s Bureau of Health. With that being said, most states have adopted other legal protocols, with the first two states – Colorado and Washington – becoming recreational in 2012.
21) What are the Positive Effects of THC?
Apart from giving you a stimulating “High,” THC has been proven to have numerous positive effects on brain cells. THC is considered a neuroprotectant, meaning it can protect brain cells from damage caused by things like inflammation and oxidative stress. It is also known to promote the growth of new brain cells.
22) What are the Medical Benefits of THC?
Over the years, THC has been found to be an effective treatment for;
Pain Relief, PTSD, Nausea and Vomiting, Appetite Stimulant, Asthma, Glaucoma, Sleep Aid, Insomnia, Inflammation, Arthritis, Migraines, Cancer, Crohn’s disease, Fibromyalgia, Alzheimer’s disease, Multiple sclerosis
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