THC is the most widely-known cannabinoid and is found in high concentrations in most marijuana strains. Its psychoactive properties cause a “high” feeling.
When patients consume too much THC, it is possible to experience negative effects. Potential side effects of THC include:
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.
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.