What Is THC?

Medical marijuana flowers with the chemical symbols of THC superimposed

When it comes to cannabinoids, THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) is typically the one most widely known. Perhaps it’s because THC is the cannabinoid that produces the psychological effects of cannabis, or the “high.”

In our body’s complex endocannabinoid system (ECS), THC attaches to our cellular receptors and activates them. Medical marijuana studies have shown how THC can impact our memory, thought processes, concentration, pleasure, and coordination.

Dopamine And Cannabis

The euphoria associated with THC comes from dopamine, one of our brain’s neurotransmitters, that’s stimulated by this powerful medical marijuana compound. Dopamine helps to regulate our emotional responses, learning, and movement. So it’s understandable why we are affected when THC goes to work.

We can credit the discovery and isolation of THC from marijuana to Israeli researcher Raphael Mechoulam. In 1964 he experimented with Lebanese hashish to isolate THC and succeeded. His feat earned him the distinction of being called the marijuana research pioneer of modern times. Mechoulam’s breakthrough inspired further studies soon leading to the discovery of many other cannabinoids.

Psychoactive Effects Of THC In Medical Marijuana

So how does THC create the euphoria associated with the medical marijuana high? It works by binding the cannabinoid receptors in our central nervous system and brain which subsequently produces the intoxication of medical marijuana.

It’s a great idea to research new strains before trying them. You’ll also enjoy learning some science along the way. Understanding which cannabinoids and terpenes are present as you sample different strains will no doubt help you make good choices at the dispensary.

Ways To Consume THC In Medical Marijuana

  • Dried flower smoking or vaping
  • Edibles
  • Tinctures
  • Topicals
  • Concentrates
  • Suppositories

Journal Your Medical Marijuana Experiences

As you start to experiment with medical marijuana, consider keeping a journal of the products you’ve tried and how they made you feel. Maybe you tried a medical marijuana edible, or a new strain of dried flower. Note how the THC in the medical marijuana affected you since you may want to adjust the dosage in the future.

On your next Nature’s Medicines visit, be sure to talk to your Patient Service Provider about any questions you have regarding medical marijuana or THC.