What Is THC? Is It Better Than CBD?
If you’re new to cannabis, it’s easy to feel lost in the pool of cannabis-related jargon. Two common terms to know are THC and CBD. It can be essential to understand a little bit about the two compounds, especially when selecting a strain of cannabis to try. Is THC more potent? What happens when you consume too much THC? Read this to learn more about THC.
What is THC?
THC stands for tetrahydrocannabinol. It is one of the many cannabinoids that give marijuana its psychoactive effect. THC interacts with the body’s cannabinoid receptors to influence neurons that affect pleasure, thinking, time perception, and more.
But THC isn’t beneficial for only recreational purposes. Some researchers have found it can be helpful to stimulate appetite and induce sleep. THC can also engage the immune system, reducing inflammation and improving metabolism.
How does THC affect the body?
THC has a unique molecular structure that takes over the cannabinoid receptor landing cells that sit on the nerve cells in the brain. It alters the chemical activity of the cells to produce psychoactive effects.
How is THC different from CBD?
Cannabis plants that produce more than 0.3% of psychoactive properties are classified as marijuana. Plants with less than 0.3% of psychoactive compounds are hemp. With this classification, marijuana plants produce a substantial amount of THC.
CBD stands for cannabidiol, a cannabinoid found in cannabis. Unlike THC, it is not psychoactive because it doesn’t bind to the same receptors as effectively. Instead, it works by inhibiting fatty acid amide hydroxyls or FAAH. FAAH is an enzyme that increases the number of endocannabinoids in the body.
Researchers also believe that CBD may help manage a range of symptoms, including arthritic pain, insomnia, and multiple sclerosis. The only FDA-approved CBD product, Epidiolex, is prescribed to treat a severe form of childhood epilepsy.
How is THC consumed?
Since THC is in marijuana, it can be consumed in many ways. You can roll it or smoke it like a cigarette or smoke it in a pipe. Some people consume THC in an edible form, with candies, gummies, or brownies. But unlike other forms of cannabis, edible THC usually takes up to an hour to show any effect. The effect lasts for up to four hours, depending on the dosage and the person. When tested, THC can be detected in infrequent users for up to three days and frequent users for up to 30 days. If you are new to cannabis, it’s best to start with lower doses and slowly work your way up to what feels best for you.
What Should You Remember When Consuming THC?
Since THC is psychoactive, take it with caution. It can decrease body temperature and lead to anxiety, increased heart rate, and dizziness when consumed in high amounts. If you are on medication, speak to your health practitioner before consuming THC.
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