What is THC, and is it right for me? | GreenState

Friday, Feb 9, 2018

While there hundreds of active ingredients in the cannabis plant, few have received so much attention as tetrahydrocannabinol, or just “THC”. This psychoactive cannabinoid was discovered in 1964 by Israeli scientist Dr. Raphael Mechoulam and has taken center stage in the cannabis world. Could this popular cannabinoid be right for you? Read on to learn more.

What is THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, and is it right for me?

THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol is the most common cannabinoid in marijuana. It is the ingredient that gives cannabis its psychoactive effects, and is one of the most powerful parts of the plant when it comes to its medicinal benefits. Like any chemical substance — there can be side effects and people it’s not right for.  Some find the side effects of THC overwhelming, and it is contraindicated for certain conditions.

Will THC make me feel ‘high’?

Yes. THC is a psychoactive substance that can cause temporary changes in mood. A common effect is feelings of well-being, called “euphoria”, or a “high” in slang terms. If you find the “high”  of THC overwhelming, supplementing it with cannabidiol (another cannabinoid found in cannabis) can help lessen this effect. People can react to THC in different ways. If you take too much of certain types of cannabis high in THC — you may experience temporary negative side effects like anxiety, dry mouth, increased heart-rate or difficulty concentrating. Cannabis can make people temporarily dizzy, or forgetful, and can potentially be habit-forming.