Behind the Stigma of the “Bad” Cannabinoid: What are the Benefits of THC?

what are the benefits of thc

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), also known as delta9-tetrahydrocannabinol, is one of the primary components of cannabis responsible for the psychoactive effects. It is a secondary metabolite of the cannabis plant that serves as a defense mechanism to prevent destroying organisms such as pests and animals from eating it. In order for this cannabinoid to be efficiently utilized by the human body, it needs to be heated. Learn more about THC’s composition and how it works by watching this video

A contemporary market where the voice of most cannabis consumers have heard demands that higher THC level is better. That is why cannabis growers and cultivators are attracted to do some techniques such as cross-breeding, strain-crossing and tissue culturing to have a strain that has an enhanced potency. Most consumers would equate a higher THC level is necessary to have a better high but that is not always the case.

Choosing THC for Recreational and Medicinal Use

Finding the best strain is quite complicated especially if cannabis is used for medicinal purposes. There are consumers who like to enjoy the psychoactive effects from high THC content while there are consumers that want to benefit from the wellness benefits that a low THC may offer.  If you are to compare the effects of a high THC from a low THC strain you can easily see the difference.

The use for high THC and low THC also differs, there are cases wherein the use of a high THC strain is most beneficial like cases for severe illnesses or disorders while the use of low THC strain benefits recreational and medicinal field through its feelings of relaxation while combating chronic pains. In the usage of THC, one must fully know its preferences or needs. THC is a psychoactive drug so a more content of THC usage, a more psychoactive effect that will be experienced.

There are valid reasons why to love high-THC strains. There are misconceptions that THC is only for recreational users but medicinal users also benefit a lot from high-THC strain especially in treating severe conditions like cancer, ADHD, and PTSD where the higher dosage of THC is most needed. Not all high-THC strain makes you feel anxious or paranoid, some strains provides an uplifting vibe and mood-booster that leads to a clear-headed high making it a go-to strain for a lot of cannabis consumers.

Health Benefits of THC

1.May prevent cardiovascular disease

There are studies conducted that the use of THC alone helps in the reduction of cardiovascular disease risk, especially the progression of atherosclerosis plaque. Those patients who are experiencing hardening of the arteries has increased levels of foam cells which lead to the deposition of cholesterol and fatty plaque, the role of THC is it uses its anti-inflammatory properties to reduce platelet accumulation. It also activates the CB2 receptors that prevent the depositing fatty streaks in the heart.

2. It helps prevent cancer and it inhibits tumor growth

  • Brain Cancer

It has a limited treatment with low life expectancy. THC is used by directly injecting it into the glioblastoma tumors and it inhibits tumor cell proliferation. To have a better effect, THC and CBD is used in the procedure.

  • Breast Cancer

The role of THC for breast cancer patients is that it reduces the number and growth of signaling pathways such as blood vessels in the breast tumors to ensure that the anti-tumor immune responses are strengthened.

  • Prostate Cancer

When the cannabinoid receptors and the prostate cancer cell interacts, the cancer cell growth is inhibited from multiplying.

3. Stimulates appetite and it helps with nausea

Those patients who are suffering from different kinds of sickness or diseases that loss appetite can benefit from THC by being an effective treatment for appetite stimulation and it lessens the effects of cachexia or weakness or wasting of the body. Some patients inhale THC to decrease the level of the peptide while increasing ghrelin and leptin levels.

4. Helps with Pain Management

THC is an effective compound for pain management by activating the glycine receptor and neuropathic pain. When the CB1 receptor binds with THC, the body produces more agmatine that has the ability to increase pain tolerance and the overall body temperature. The use of THC together with other cannabinoid is widely used for different kinds of chronic pain.

5. Treats inflammatory bowel diseases

Inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis find relief with the use of THC because it enhances the immune response while it interacts with the cells of the gut so that the bacteria is blocked off that may cause inflammation in the intestines.

6. Act as an effective antidepressant

If THC is taken at low doses, it increases serotonin which is a  feel-good neurotransmitter that is effective in uplifting the mind and the mood. The underlying causes of depression such as stress and anxiety can also be treated through the use of low-dose THC.

7. Treats movement disorders

Patients with dystonia, tardive dyskinesia, and Tourette’s syndrome benefit from using THC through its muscle relaxant properties. Studies have shown that the overall use of cannabis can improve motor skills.

8. THC as antibacterial

One of the reasons why the cannabis plant produces THC is to have protection against pathogens. That is why if THC is used to treat illnesses associated with bacteria for sure it will be killed right away even though it is an antibiotic-resistant infection.

9. THC could help with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)

ALS is one of the most deadly neurodegenerative diseases. Research shows that when the CB2 receptor is activated through THC there is an increase in motor unit survival and motor neuron survival.

10. Marijuana could help with osteoporosis by stimulating bone formation

Osteoporosis is a bone disease that is characterized by an increased risk of fractures due to a reduction in bone mineral density. If the THC binds with CB2 receptor the bone formation is stimulated while the bone resorption is inhibited.

11. THC acts as a bronchodilator in asthma patients

THC can be helpful in improving the ventilatory system for asthma patients. In administering THC for asthma patients, smoking is not the best consumption method because it may irritate and damage the delicate part of the respiratory system but you can consume THC in other ways such as using a dry herb vaporizer.

12. THC could help with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and dementia

Alzheimer’s disease is a neurodegenerative disease which can eventually lead to dementia due to loss of brain cells. THC is known to improve the functioning of the brain by helping it produce new cells. It is also an effective inhibitor of Aβ aggregation.

13. Marijuana could help weight loss in obesity

For patients with AIDS, cancer and anorexia nervosa, the use of cannabis is known to gain weight because it helps those patients improve their eating pattern to gain nutrients for them to have energy but with the right ratios of cannabinoids which is THC:CBN: CBD ratio of 1.0:0.2:0.4 caused a reduction in weight gain in obese.

14. Miscellaneous, Mixed Syndromes

There are other uncommon medical conditions that cannot be easily assigned to other categories such as pruritus, high blood pressure, hiccup and chronic fatigue syndrome that has no medications effective but through smoking THC, its effects can be totally abolished.

15. Psychiatric Symptoms

The use of THC  and a combination of other cannabinoid is known to benefit psychiatric symptoms and diseases, such as anxiety disorders, sleep disorders, bipolar disorder, and dysthymia by improving the mood and by helping the neurotransmitter produce good hormones.

Ways of Administering THC

  • Smoking cannabis in order to utilize its THC is the most popular way of consumption. It is rapidly absorbed through the lungs with at least 56% bioavailability or the percentage of the cannabis plant material that is introduced into the body’s circulation to have an active effect. The substances of the cannabis plant are detected by the blood through smoking within 12 minutes.
  • Oral or ingestion through edibles is a perfect method for those who are utilizing THC for its medicinal benefits where it is absorbed in the liver. Its high is expected to last up 2-5 hours with at least 6% bioavailability.
  •  Sublingual, rectal, and through skin contact of THC are methods considered to be less effective than other methods of THC consumption but it causes less side effects.

What is the Average THC Today?

Research shows that the potency of cannabis increased by 10-38% today making it stronger than compared to the strains way back 1960s where the average THC level back then is only at 3-7%. Today, there are low, medium and high categorization based on the strains THC content. The strain is considered at the low level if it has a 0.001-10% THC content, it has a medium THC content if it has 11-20% concentration and it has a high THC content if it has 21% and above THC content.

Facts About The Use of THC

  1. High cannabis strain provides strong psychoactive effects that is why it is important that when you are to consume this strain, be at a comfortable environment with your trusted friends so that when you feel anxious or paranoid someone would take good care of you.
  2. If you want a more neutralizing effect of THC you can combine your high THC strain with a high CBD strain in this way the psychoactive effects bought by THC can be manageable with the therapeutic effects of CBD.
  3. If you have already consumed too much THC and you want to somehow get rid or avoid the side effects, just smoke a high CBD strain and it can reduce the undesirable effects of THC.
  4. In smoking high THC strain, it is important to start low and go slow. A little consumption of high THC content goes a long way. To avoid overdose, after vaping or smoking a little bit, wait for 5-10 minutes to check how you feel. If you can handle it that is the time to hit more little by little at a time.
  5. Some side effects may be felt such as the dry mouth and dry eyes. To avoid these side effects, make sure that before smoking keep yourself hydrated and avoid drinking alcohol or coffee while on high because this can promote dehydration.
  6. The use of high THC strain can cause munchie. The way to avoid this is to make sure that your stomach is full. Eating before taking a high THC strain will also help you control the high.
  7. To avoid the possibility of drug dependence, have a periodic off or at least 2-3 times a month THC break especially if you are using cannabis almost every day to allow your bodily system have a reset to reduce tolerance and lessen the likelihood of having cannabis tolerance.
  8. To avoid the possibility of drug dependence, have a periodic off or at least 2-3 times a month THC break especially if you are using cannabis almost every day to allow your bodily system have a reset to reduce tolerance and lessen the likelihood of having cannabis tolerance.
  9. One indication of a potent cannabis strain is if its physical appearance shows a rich resin production on the parts of the cannabis plant.
  10. Proper timing in harvesting is important because it is one factor that determines the potency of the strain. It is advisable to harvest the cannabis plant when the trichomes look milky white or cloudy.

Final Thoughts

THC is responsible for all many effects may it be positive or negative but for sure the use of this cannabinoid has contributed a lot to the cannabis industry. If you want a weed that is guaranteed that will blow your mind and body, THC is the right strain for you. Aside from its potency, it is for sure provides a worth its value for your money and maximum enjoyment.

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