What is THC?

THC (delta-9 Tetrahydrocannabinol) is the most active chemical in marijuana and is known for its psychoactive effects causing a euphoric high. THC can be found in the resin released by glands of the marijuana plant. How THC works is it binds to cannabinoid receptors in the brain and to the central nervous system producing psychoactive effects.

Medical Benefits

Reducing Pain

There has been a lot of buzz around how medicinal marijuana reduces pain. Whether THC is a one of the main cause of reducing pain has not been fully proven.

Nausea

Nausea is one of those things that people is difficult to get over without the use of medication. With the help of THC, nausea can be immediately subsided.  A study that was done in 1995 resulted in THC as a proven effective treatment for patients suffering from chemotherapy-induced nausea.

Increase in Appetite

As we all know, medicinal marijuana, specifically THC, can be a big help to increase appetite. This can help patients who have illnesses that hinder their appetite and prevent severe malnourishment.

Insomnia

Having a good night’s sleep can really help a person’s mood throughout the day. A study found that patients who suffer from insomnia and took oral doses of THC were able to fall asleep faster. With the help of THC, insomniacs are able to have a longer night’s sleep

As with any treatment, each patient is different and can potentially experience side effects from THC. Some common short-term ones are:

  • Relaxation
  • Pain relief
  • Anxiety/paranoia
  • Hunger
  • Drowsiness
  • Memory Impairment
  • Dry mouth

Some long-term effects are:

  • Bronchitis
  • Psychosis

 

*Always consult with a doctor before taking on any new treatments.