What is THC

Monday, May 23, 2016

THC is a chemical found in marijuana. It’s also the primary source in pot responsible for psychological effects. Oh yeah before we forget, THC stands for tetrahydrocannabinol. And according to NIDA aka the National Institute on Drug Abuse it acts much like the cannabinoid chemicals made naturally by the body. So basically your body already makes its own version of cannabis.

Anyhow cannabinoid receptors are concentrated in certain areas of the brain. When tetrahydrocannabinol attaches to these receptors it activates them affecting a person’s thinking, memory, pleasure, coordination, and time and sensory perception. Other parts of the body also have cannabis receptors including nerves. However, while THC can alleviate pain it won’t bind itself to receptors in the brain like opioids.

THC is one of many compounds found in the resin, or trichomes, secreted by glands of the marijuana plant. These things measure only about 50 to 100 micrometers wide and deliver all the medical or recreational value of marijuana. Trichomes typically cover all parts of marijuana buds from the interior stems to the surrounding leaves. And it’s believed that these tiny trichomes evolved as the cannabis plant’s defense mechanism. The trichome protect pot from threats like insects and animals. The trichome makes the plant less palatable to hungry predators. Plus weed trichomes are also known to inhibit or ever prevent some types of fungal growth. Some scientist think that trichomes also protect pot plants from high wind and low humidity.