THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol)

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THC is the acronym used to identify the chemical tetrahydrocannabinol. This chemical occurs naturally in cannabis plants and may also be synthetically manufactured. THC has an intoxicating effect on those who consume it. Individuals who use marijuana or other THC delivery substances may feel euphoric and relaxed. As a drug, THC may be smoked or ingested. THC is harvested from cannabis plants in three primary forms, marijuana, hashish, or hash oil. Marijuana is made from the dried leaves and flowers of the plant. Hashish is obtained from the resin in a plant resin and usually has a higher concentration of THC than marijuana. Hash oil is extracted from hashish and is even more concentrated.

SureHire explains THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol)

THC is one of the main active ingredients of marijuana. Within the human body, THC acts as a neurotransmitter, interrupting the natural signaling process in the brain. This interruption occurs because the chemical structure of THC resembles that of anandamide, a naturally occurring brain chemical. Such disruptions of the communications systems in the brain are significant and can lead to loss of motor function, memory problems, an increased heart rate, and other negative consequences. However, the drug is also considered useful for some medical treatments. In particular, marijuana is sometimes prescribed to patients to help chronically ill patients alleviate pain and nausea as well as regain appetite.

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