Cannabinoid Spotlight: THC

WHAT IS THC?

THC or Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol is one of the many chemical compounds known as cannabinoids that make up the cannabis plant, and one of the most popular. THC is the psychoactive compound found in the plant and can take credit for the “high” associated with cannabis. 

THC exists in its acid form THCa before it is heated and its primary purpose in its natural state is to protect the cannabis plant from parasites, bugs, bacteria, and any harmful critters. Research has and continues to show that in the human body THC has great potential for therapeutic and medicinal benefits as well as recreational relaxation and enjoyment.   


WHY DOES THC MAKE ME FEEL “HIGH”? 

You guessed it... the endocannabinoid system! THC binds to cannabinoid receptors in the central nervous system, particularly the hippocampus, cerebellum, and frontal cortex; the areas responsible for memory, movement, and thought processing. This makes sense when you think of the euphoric feeling in your head and body experienced from ingesting THC. 

The molecular structure is a perfect match for the receptors and binds like a puzzle piece, mimicking the bodies “natural thc” anandamide and creating a chemical response that elicits responses all over the body such as: appetite, immune, sedative, memory and metabolic to name a few. So to understand why THC makes you feel high, in shorter terms it basically “goes to your head”. 



WHAT SYMPTOMS & CONDITIONS CAN THC POTENTIALLY PROVIDE RELIEF FROM? 

Aside from the recreational and social aspect of THC, research has shown that THC has potential benefits for many symptoms and conditions, from mild to severe. THC may provide some general benefits like pain, relaxation, sleep, and appetite, but the list of conditions that THC can potentially provide relief from continues to grow as more research and patient testimonials are revealed. 

According to research, the following are conditions that have shown promise with the use of THC:

  • Chronic pain
  • ADHD
  • Insomnia
  • Arthritis
  • Cancer
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Neuropathy 
  • Nausea 
  • Multiple Sclerosis/muscular disorders
  • PTSD
  • Migraine
  • Lupus/autoimmune disorders
  • Fibromyalgia 
  • Glaucoma 
  • Seizure disorders
  • Parkinson's Disease 
  • Side effects from hepatitis treatment 
  • Alzheimer's 

HOW TO AVOID THE NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF THC? 

It is not uncommon for cannabis users to have a negative experience when they take “too much” THC. Although you cannot overdose on cannabis, the experience you will feel is based on personal tolerance. Users have reported feelings of paranoia, palpitations, and hallucinations, again this will not cause any physical harm, but it may deter someone from using cannabis again.

This is why proper dosing and personalized dosing guidance is so important when it comes to cannabis products. These negative effects can be avoided by following best practices of cannabis consumption: “start low and go slow”. Many users incorporate micro-dosing THC to experience the potential therapeutic benefits of THC while avoiding the psychoactive effects. 

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WHAT THC PRODUCTS DOES CKSOUL CARRY?

We’re proud to offer a variety of THC products to meet your personal needs! Take a look at our THC product lineup, where we make it easy to incorporate THC into your daily routine.





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