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COMPOUNDS

TETRAHYDROCANNABINOL (THC)

 

 

THC is the most widely-known cannabinoid and is found in high concentrations in most marijuana strains. Its psychoactive properties cause a “high” feeling.

  • euphoria
  • relaxation
  • pain relief
  • appetite stimulation
  • anti-inflammatory
  • amplified senses
  • improved sense of well-being
  • increased creativity
  • prevention of nerve damage
  • antispasmodic, minimizing spasms and convulsions
  • minimization of vomiting and nausea
  • antioxidant, fighting free radicals in the body
  • promotes growth of new brain cells
  • protects brain cells from damage

 

 

When patients consume too much THC, it is possible to experience negative effects. Potential side effects of THC include:

  • anxiety and paranoia
  • confusion or disorientation
  • dry mouth and eyes
  • short-term memory problems
  • potential long-term alterations to memory (particularly verbal memory)
  • increased heart rate
  • sense of slowed time
  • decreased body temperature
  • tremors
  • tolerance over time, reducing effectiveness of THC

 

TETRAHYDROCANNABINOLIC ACID (THC-A)

 

 

THC-A has numerous benefits as a neuro-protectant and anti-inflammatory agent. THC starts in the cannabis plant as THC-A, an acidic compound that is non-psychoactive. When heated, THC-A converts to THC, producing a high; this occurs through decarboxylation. When applying heat to marijuana (decarboxylation), chemical reactions occur and transform THC-A into THC.

 

TETRAHYDROCANNABIVARIN (THCV)

 

 

THCV is similar to THC in its molecular structure and psychoactive properties but produces different effects. THCV is an appetite suppressant, can regulate blood sugar levels, reduces anxiety, and stimulates bone growth. THCV also improves tremors, motor control, and brain lesions associated with Alzheimer’s disease. THCV is not common in most strains, but is most abundant in African sativas such as Durban Poison, Pineapple Purps, and Willie Nelson.