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When people are growing marijuana for recreational use, most of the hype is around how much THC is in the harvested final product. But what exactly is all the excitement about? What is THC?

THC, also known as tetrahydrocannabinol, is the famous chemical contained in marijuana that causes the psychological effects that so many people covet. There are actually a number of naturally produced cannabinoid chemicals in our bodies, and THC is not entirely different from those. This is why your brain reacts to cannabinoids — it contains cannabinoid receptors in the area of the brain that is where thinking and remembering occurs, as well as the perception of time and general coordination.

Many aspects of the brain are affected when THC comes in and attaches itself to the cannabinoid receptors. This is why people smoking (or consuming in another way) marijuana will experience temporary changes in memory, movement, thinking, coordination, sensory perception, pleasure, concentration, and time perception. In other words, THC can change the way a person acts. These cannabinoid receptors are not exclusively located in the brain, of course, but are found in nerves elsewhere in the body as well. This is where the benefits of pain relief can come from.

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