What is THC?

Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is one of the best known cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. It is the main psychoactive component responsible for the "high" associated with cannabis use, the substance that will make you laugh and forget what you just said. However, THC has many other properties beyond the recreational purpose that make it a fascinating compound with a wide range of potential uses.

THC properties

THC is a fat-soluble molecule that readily crosses the blood-brain barrier and binds to cannabinoid receptors in the brain (CB1 and CB2), which are part of the human body's endocannabinoid system. This binding produces a variety of physiological effects, including altered perception of time, euphoria, heightened sensory effects, laughter, and impaired cognitive functions. THC also has analgesic, anti-inflammatory and anti-emetic properties (meaning it can be used to treat nausea or prevent vomiting).

Consumption methods

The effects of THC vary depending on the dose, the method of administration, and the individual's sensitivity to the compound. For example, smoking or vaporizing cannabis releases THC quickly into the bloodstream and brain, resulting in a rapid onset of effects that last for a shorter time. In contrast, edibles or capsules take longer to produce effects, but can last for several hours. In addition, THC can be burned and partially destroyed when exposed to a strong heat source such as a flame or oven; thus, the amount of THC we consume is different if we smoke a joint and cook a brownie (where heat can destroy up to 30% of THC in the process) or vaporize it at a lower temperature that preserves a higher percentage of the original amount of THC the strain had.

Uses of THC

Medical uses:
THC has been shown to have therapeutic effects for a variety of medical conditions, including chronic pain, nausea, vomiting and muscle spasms. It is also used to stimulate appetite in HIV/AIDS and cancer patients who experience loss of appetite due to their conditions or treatments.

Industrial uses:
It also has potential industrial uses. For example, it can be used as a biofuel, construction material or fiber for clothing and textiles. However, these applications are not yet widely used due to legal restrictions and the difficulty of growing cannabis for industrial purposes.

Research uses:
THC is also being used in scientific research to better understand its effects on the brain and body. It is being studied as a potential treatment for a number of medical conditions, including epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Recreational uses:
The psychoactive properties of THC had made it a popular recreational drug for centuries, used for its euphoric effects and altered perception. Because there are different types of cannabis and cross strains that have different genes and varying percentages of THC and CBD, recreational uses are also diverse. Some types of cannabis have a higher percentage of Indica genes that can make you feel relaxed and disconnected and could be used for relaxing activities that don't require mental focus. While other hybrids that lean more towards a Sativa heritage can make you feel upbeat, talkative and hyper-focused and are ideal for creative or social activities.

Is THC safe?
While THC has many potential uses, like most psychoactive substances, it is not without risks. High doses of THC can produce unpleasant side effects, such as paranoia, anxiety and hallucinations. Regular consumption of THC can also lead to dependence because our body - which under normal circumstances produces its own endocannabinoids that help regulate many functions of our system - with heavy consumption of THC may stop producing so much and therefore we will need external stimulus. doses of cannabinoids to meet our body's demand. This is when some individuals may develop a cannabis use disorder. If you want to learn about dependence and how to combat it, you should consult this other article.

It is important to use THC responsibly and to understand the possible risks and benefits before consuming it, and above all to make sure you consume a good quality product without alterations. This is why we recommend getting your cannabis products directly from a dispensary or marijuana club here in Barcelona. These are government-approved institutions that offer excellent products and have experienced staff that can advise you on any cannabis-related issue. If you are not yet a member of a club, you can apply for an invitation to the marijuana club on the club's website by clicking on "BECOME A MEMBER".

We hope that this article has been helpful and that a broader understanding of the properties and uses of THC can lead to better and safer consumption and happier, healthier users.