Of all the different cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant, THC is undoubtedly the most well-known.
Not all types of cannabis produce the psychoactive effects (or the “high”) that recreational marijuana is often consumed for. Other cannabinoids, such as CBD, produce almost no intoxicating effects.
THC (which stands for delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) is primarily responsible for the more cerebral effects of cannabis. This cannabinoid can be found on all kinds of products, including dried flower, concentrates, edibles, and topicals.
Consuming cannabis with THC has potential therapeutic value. However, the effects are highly dependent on the method of consumption, the potency of the cannabis, and the consumer’s individual physiology. As such, some of the described effects are anecdotal.
If you’re curious about THC and how it can affect you, you’ve come to the right place; we’re going to cover everything you need to know about this popular cannabinoid:
Ever wondered why consuming or smoking cannabis gets you high? It’s because our brains naturally have cannabinoid receptors that THC binds to. They’re part of the endocannabinoid system, which aims to keep your body in homeostasis (basically, a balanced and stable state).
Once THC binds to the CB1 receptors in your brain, it signals the release of dopamine. This neurotransmitter has the potential to make us feel euphoric, blissful, creative, and motivated. These feelings of pleasure are why many people enjoy smoking, ingesting, and/or vaping cannabis. CB1 receptors are located in many areas of the body, which is partially why consuming marijuana has a varied mix of effects.
Some strains of cannabis have low levels of THC, while others have up to 50%. Which THC potency is right for you? The answer may depend on whether you’re using it for recreational or medical purposes.
Consuming marijuana can be a very different experience based on the THC content of the product. Be sure to check the labels on the cannabis that you purchase; they will list the potency of CBD and THC in the product.
The ROA (route of administration) will influence your experience. Different methods have a quicker onset or longer duration. Inhaling cannabis tends to have the quickest onset, but the effects don’t last as long. On the other hand, edibles can take up to 1.5 hours to kick in, and the effects can last for several hours.
Your dosage will change based on your method of consumption. For example, when eating edibles, even half a cookie or brownie can produce strong effects. Concentrates, which are vaped in a pen or dab rig, are incredibly potent.
High doses of THC can have powerful effects on the body and mind. If you’re interested in trying cannabis with THC, start with a small dosage of a low THC strain. Wait to see how you react to it before increasing your intake—we suggest waiting at least 2 hours. Make sure to avoid operating any motor vehicles after consuming cannabis.
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