What is THC – The Fresh Toast

Everyone's heard of weed, marijuana, cannabis, and more – but do you know exactly what THC is, what its effects are, and what's in CBD?

Marijuana and CBD have become mainstream and popular in recent years. And mainstream companies from Constellation to Miracle Grow have become part of the industry. The American Medical Association supports medical claims and even the Biden administration appears to be easing its opposition. It can be fun, relaxing, or helpful, depending on why you're hugging the plant. But what is THC and why is it important?

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Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is a terpenoid found in cannabis. It is the main psychoactive component of the cannabis plant that triggers a high feeling and sends you on a journey. As one of at least 113 cannabinoids identified in the plant, it is the most popular, but is not part of CBD. Its chemical formula C21H30O2 and the term THC usually refers to the delta-9 THC isomer.

THC is the primary psychoactive compound in cannabis and works by binding to cannabinoid receptors (CB1 and CB2) in the brain and body. CB1 receptors are concentrated in the central nervous system and mediate the psychoactive effects of THC, such as: B. altered perception, mood and perception. CB2 receptors are found primarily in the peripheral nervous system and immune cells and are involved in the anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties of THC. When it binds to these receptors, it mimics the effects of the body's own endocannabinoids such as anandamide, disrupting normal brain function and leading to the characteristic effects such as relaxation, reduction in anxiety, giggling or, in rare cases, some paranoia.

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THC is approved for certain medical uses, such as treating nausea, treating chronic pain, and chemotherapy. Healthcare providers should be consulted so that they can consider a patient's history and current condition when prescribing THC-based medications. Overall, the medical use of THC requires a multidisciplinary approach to ensure safe and effective treatment.

CBD is typically derived from hemp. The THC content is very low, not enough to get you “high,” but enough to help with anxiety, relax you, and provide several other benefits. More research needs to be done on both CBD and THC to uncover additional benefits.

If you are new to consumption, 2.5-5 mg THC is typically the lowest dose available in single serving edibles and is recommended for beginners. To smoke or vape, take just one hit and wait 15 minutes to see how you feel before taking more. This low dose can help minimize the risk of unwanted side effects such as anxiety, paranoia, or discomfort when taking THC.

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