Most people are aware of THC as the intoxicating cannabinoid of cannabis and as the foundation of the marijuana stigma. But… what are the benefits of THC? What is it’s purpose as being part of the cannabis plant? Let’s push the stigma aside and learn some of the specifics of this rather medicinally valuable plant compound.

What is THC? 

Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is the most researched and is often the most common cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant. This is the psychoactive plant compound known to produce euphoria and heightened senses, which is what cannabis users have described as the feeling of being “high.”

THC mainly binds to the CB receptors located throughout the brain, as opposed to other parts of the body. According to research, THC works to reduce or even eliminate pain, nausea, and stress while also helping to stimulate appetite and combat insomnia. In high doses, THC may cause some patients to feel unwanted effects such as paranoia or an increased heart rate. However, these adverse effects will subside with time.

The Benefits of THC

Researchers have found THC is effective in the treatment of various symptoms and conditions. Here are some examples of ailments for which THC is specifically sufficient in providing symptom relief:

THC can also be used recreationally or supplementally to boost creativity, mood, innovation, and focus.

This particular cannabinoid can be used as an isolate, but most patients and users prefer using it in spectrum with other cannabinoids and terpenes. This is due to the entourage effect, in which all plant compounds work together, boosting each other’s individual benefits to produce max medicinal potentials.

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