Are you ready for a wild ride? No, we're not talking about a rollercoaster or a bungee jump, we're talking about the world's most infamous molecule - THC! This little compound packs a big punch, and it's taking the world by storm. But, what exactly is THC and why is it causing such a buzz? Well, buckle up and grab some munchies, because we're about to take you on an informative journey through the world of THC. From its history to its effects, we're covering everything you need to know about this high-larious molecule.
What is THC
THC stands for "Tetrahydrocannabinol," which is a mouthful to say. Try saying it ten times fast - you'll be high on laughter before you know it! THC is one of the many cannabinoids and chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant.
THC is the main psychoactive cannabinoids found in marijuana. Did you know that cannabinoids in the cannabis plant are actually called phytocannabinoids? "Phyto" means "derived from a plant." Although for simplicity, most people refer to phytocannabinoids as cannabinoids.The first discovery of an individual phytocannabinoid was made by British chemist Robert S. Cahn who discovered cannabinol (CBN). Although THC is still the most talked about and studied cannabinoid, thus far with Cannabidiol (CBD) leading in second place known for its non-intoxicating effects researchers have now found over 100 cannabinoids, like Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV), Cannabinolic acid (CBNA), Cannabichromene (CBC) and Cannabigerol (CBG) in the cannabis plant 🤯
History of THC
Did you know that THC was only discovered in 1964? That's right, despite the use of marijuana for thousands of years, it wasn't until the 1960s that the main psychoactive compound found in the plant was identified.
THC was first isolated and synthesized by Israeli chemist Raphael Mechoulam and his team. Since then, the study of THC and its effects on the human body has continued to evolve. Today, THC is one of the most widely researched compounds in the world, and its medical properties have been the subject of numerous studies and clinical trials. Despite its many benefits, Delta9 THC remains a highly regulated substance in many parts of the world, and its use is still restricted in many places.But as the legalization of the drugs continues to spread across the world, the understanding of THC and its effects is only going to grow.
How does THC work
Although humans have been consuming cannabis for centuries, we didn’t know why or how the phytocannabinoids interacted with our system until 1988. In 1988, Allyn Howlett and William Devane at the St. Louis University School of Medicine determined that the mammalian brain has receptor sites that respond to compounds found in cannabis. These receptors are named cannabinoid receptors and are located throughout the body. The CB1 receptors are mainly found in the brain (central nervous system) and CB2 receptors are primarily associated with the immune system. These receptors determine the effects of cannabis when consumed.
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After the discovery of the first cannabinoid receptor in 1988, scientists discovered that humans produce cannabinoids - called the endocannabinoid. "Endo" meaning produced naturally inside of your body. Similar to the phytocannabinoids found in the cannabis plant, the endocannabinoids activate the cannabinoid receptors. 🤯 In 1992, they discovered the endocannabinoid called anandamide (AEA) and later 2-arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG). The AEA is know as the bliss molecule which regulates mood and emotions. 2-AG reduces inflammation and regulates perception, mood, emotions, pain, and sleep cycles.
What is the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) ?
In the pursuit of further understanding of phytocannabinoids and endocannabinoids, scientists came across an unknown molecular signaling system within the body, the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). The ECS is just one of the many systems in the human body. The ECS affects many functions including pain, temperature, metabolism, memory, mood, sleep and our immune system. The ECS helps the body maintain balance and achieve homeostasis.
Our bodies and our ECS systems all work differently. That is why it's important to keep track of what products work for you personally. A strain that you like might not be desirable for your friend. It's important to personalize your cannabis experience by keeping track of what works for you and when.
The Stori App helps you to track your cannabis product inventory and preferences, even if you don't have a Stori at home just yet. It allows you to make notes and rate products you explore. Try it today!
Effects of THC
The effects of THC, or delta-9 Tetrahydrocannabinol, are as follows:
Euphoria: THC is known to produce a feeling of happiness and relaxation, often referred to as a "high."
Altered Perception of Time: THC can cause time to seem to slow down or speed up, leading to a distorted sense of time.
Increased Appetite: THC is famous for inducing the "munchies," a sudden and intense increase in appetite.
Pain Relief: THC has been shown to have pain-relieving properties, making it useful for treating chronic pain.
Changes in Perception: THC can cause changes in perception, such as altered vision, hearing, and touch. Some people also report feeling more in tune with their surroundings and more connected to nature while under the influence of THC.
It's important to note that the effects of THC can vary greatly depending on the individual and the method of consumption. Additionally, THC can cause unwanted side effects, such as anxiety, paranoia, and short-term memory impairment. It's important to use THC responsibly and always consult a doctor before using it for medicinal purposes.
THC edibles are a popular form of consuming marijuana that has become increasingly popular in recent years. THC edibles are food or drink products that have been infused with THC, the main psychoactive compound found in marijuana. Unlike smoking or vaping, consuming THC edibles provides a more gradual and longer-lasting high, as the THC is absorbed into the bloodstream through the digestive system.
THC edibles come in a variety of forms, including gummies, brownies, chocolates, and even drinks. They offer a convenient and discreet way to consume THC, making them ideal for people who want to avoid smoking or who want to enjoy the effects of THC in a social setting.
However, it's important to be cautious when consuming THC edibles, as they can take up to 2 hours to fully take effect and the high can last for several hours. Additionally, the potency of THC edibles can vary greatly, so it's essential to carefully read the label and follow dosing instructions. Always start with a small amount like 2.5 mg and wait for the effects to fully kick in before consuming more.
Fun Facts about THC
THC is a superhero in disguise. In addition to causing a euphoric high, it has numerous medicinal properties and has been shown to be effective in treating a range of conditions, including chronic pain, nausea, and depression. Who knew this substance could have such superpowers?
THC is a master of disguise. It's often hidden within the flowery buds of the marijuana plant, but it can also be found in oils, edibles, and extracts. THC is like the Clark Kent of the cannabis world, always ready to save the day.
THC is the life of the party. Whether you smoke a joint, dab, or munch on an edible, THC always knows how to bring the fun. It's like having a permanent wingman who's always down to party.
THC is a bit of a trickster. While it's known for causing the classic "munchies," it can also lead to dry mouth, bloodshot eyes, and a decreased ability to focus. It's like THC is playing a prank on you, but it's all in good fun.
THC is a multitasker. Not only does it provide a powerful high, but it also enhances your sense of taste, smell, and touch. It's like THC is a Swiss Army Knife of fun, always ready to help you get the most out of your high.