What is THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol)? - Leaf Science

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THC is the primary ingredient in marijuana responsible for the high.

Marijuana is identified by its two active ingredients or chemicals: THC and CBD. THC is the psychoactive chemical that affects how you feel by creating the “high.”

But getting high is not all that it’s good for. THC also has a wide range of medical benefits, and is commonly reported to relieve pain, nausea, and depression, among other things.

THC was first isolated in 1964 by an Israeli scientist named Dr. Raphael Mechoulam. Since then, many other cannabinoid compounds have been discovered.

The amount of THC in marijuana depends on the strain type and the conditions in which the plant grows. Today, the average strain contains between 10-30% THC.

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There are several ways of consuming the THC in marijuana: smoking, vaporizing, or ingesting it by mouth as an edible.

Smoking is the most common way of using marijuana and the fastest way of delivering THC and the other chemicals into the body. When marijuana is inhaled, THC goes directly to the lungs and enters the bloodstream.

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