Learn More About THC

THC: Tetrahydrocannabinol (tetra-hydro-canna-bin-al)

Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is perhaps the most well-known of the 113 active cannabinoids in cannabis. THC is unique among all the other cannabinoids for one very important reason: it is the most psychoactive. THC is responsible for a majority of the psychological effects of cannabis, which results in the intense feelings of euphoria or “high”.

How THC Makes You Feel Good

When you consume cannabis, you introduce its cannabinoids into your body. Once inside, they’re metabolized and enter the bloodstream. From there, they bind to receptors CB1 and CB2, which are concentrated in the brain and central nervous system. When THC binds to these receptors, your body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS) stimulates the release of dopamine in the brain, creating a sense of euphoria and relaxation, aka the “high”.

THC Health Benefits

In addition to recreational use, THC has numerous medicinal benefits. THC binds to ECS receptors all over the body, including in the immune system which makes THC a powerful anti-inflammatory. In the digestive tract, THC can help to stimulate hunger and ease the feeling of nausea. THC can even be absorbed through the skin to experience a range of therapeutic benefits without the psychotropic effects.

Additional Uses for THC

THC is being used today for a wide-range of applications, including autoimmune disorders, neurodegenerative disorders like multiple-sclerosis and depression, to attack various cancerous cells throughout the body, to reduce anxiety and other mood disorders, for chronic pain, sleep disorders, and to help alleviate pain from Crohn’s and irritable bowel syndrome.