What is tetrahydrocannabinol?

We explain everything about the psychoactive component of cannabis

Tetrahydrocannabinol,also known as THC,is one of the main active compounds that can be found in cannabis. It is what affects what are the neurotransmitters of the human body, producing the known psychotropic effect of marijuana. What properties does marijuana have?

Being this plant one of the most known opioids, it is important to know how THC can affect people when they consume it, either for medical treatment or purely for leisure.

Find out what benefits and side effects tetrahydrocannabinol can have when it interacts with the endocannabinoid system of the human body.

The chemical compound tetrahydrocannabinol and the human body

Another name that has this chemical compound is delta 9 tetrahydrocannabinol. Depending on which part of the human body, the effects it will offer will be very different.

Examples include:

  • Hypothalamus, creating appetite disorder and eating.
  • Brainstem, altering the heart rhythm to induce greater relaxation.
  • Isolate it, relaxing this gland to reduce responses to panic, stress and anxiety.
  • The cerebral cortex, where it generates distortions in cognitive processes.
  • Hippocampus, reducing the ability to memorize in a short period of time.
  • Cerebellum, reducing consumer coordination and balance.

Affecting to a greater or lesser extent in each of these organs depends on the natural resistance that each person has and its internal receptors. It will also depend, of course, on the dose used.


How do cannabinoid receptors and THC interact?

When talking about the endocannabinoid system, reference is made to that method of communication that cells have with each other.

Within this communicative process, in the synaptic cleft of cells, cannabinoid receptors play a fundamental role.

And it is these that have the ability to transmit signals, such as informing other cells in the body about the need to obtain energy.

To do this, it performs an activation of fatty acids called endocannabinoids,allowing communication.

When THC is introduced into the human body, the cannabinoid receptors of the cells absorb it,generating all the results that this active compound generates when consumed.

Consequently, glutamate that is used as a neurotransmitter does not flow properly between cells, producing the relaxing effect that carries all the effects associated with THC.

What are the benefits of using tetrahydrocannabinol?

Beyond its recreational use, cannabis and its active compound can be very useful when it comes to medical treatments.

Therefore, some of the benefits that can be obtained when using tetrahydrocannabinol as a medicine are:

  • Analgesic, reducing sensitivity to punctual and chronic pain.
  • Muscle relaxant, allowing a longer and complete rest.
  • Anti-inflammatory, assisting in the healing processes of certain permanent injuries and diseases.
  • Anti-nausea and anti-motion sickness, making life easier for those prone to these circumstances.
  • It stimulates appetite, making ailments not an impediment to eating properly.

THC has a medical use in diseases such as Parkinson’s, osteoarthritis, neuropathic and metastatic pain caused by cancer and helps with muscle stiffness caused by Multiple Sclerosis.

It is important that the use of this active compound is always assisted by a medical professional, providing the correct dosage so that the benefits it brings are always greater than the harmful effects.


What side effects does THC have?

Although its properties help to relieve symptoms, discomfort and pain that occur during some diseases, tetrahydrocannabinol also has certain side effects that should be considered. Among them are:

  • Constant feeling of tiredness and drowsiness, which can affect work and day-to-day staff performance.
  • Dry mouth, so you’ll want to drink steadily.
  • Headaches and dizziness, affecting the mental state of the person who has used THC.
  • Coordination problems, being the lack of balance and the clumsiness of hands the most noteworthy effects.

Depending on the dose and resistance to THC, each person may be affected more or less intensely. The important thing is to know yourself and find out what limits should not be overcome.

endocannabinoid system

Where is THC obtained?

THC is found in the female flowers of the marijuana plant, that is, in the well-known buds.

These have resin glands that when dried generate a process and the THC it contains obtains the psychoactive properties indicated above.

Depending on the strain of the marijuana plant, light, humidity and some more characteristics, the psychoactive properties of THC may vary in intensity. In addition to the amount of resin the plant has.

Currently they cross the marijuana plant and hemp to achieve a higher concentration of THC.

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