Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the chemical compound found in marijuana that is responsible for its psychological effects. It acts similarly to the cannabinoid chemicals naturally produced by the body, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). THC stands for delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol or Δ-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ-9-THC).THC is the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, meaning it is the substance that causes people who use marijuana to feel drugged. Although it comes from the same source as marijuana, it does not produce the same euphoric effect.
THC binds to and activates cannabinoid receptors in the brain and nervous system, which can affect a person's memory, pleasure, movements, thinking, concentration, coordination, and sensory and time perception. The legalization of marijuana in many states has led to an increase in research on its effects on the body. While many may think that these studies should have been done a long time ago, funding is often the main obstacle preventing research from progressing. Hash is a substance extracted from the tops of female marijuana plants and contains the highest amount of THC. There are several different ways to use THC. It can be smoked like marijuana (dried leaves of the cannabis plant), but there are also products available that contain trace amounts of THC (about 0.3% to 0.9%), depending on how they are formulated.
These products may provide people with pain relief without producing a psychoactive effect. However, there is evidence that THC can be harmful, especially for younger people whose brains are still developing. If you are looking for a CBD product without THC, be sure to select one that uses third-party testing to certify its purity. The FDA has also approved synthetic drugs for THC dronabinol (sold under the brand names Marinol and Syndros) and a drug containing a synthetic substance similar to HCT known as nabilone (trade name Cesamet).