What is THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol)?
When most people think of tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, they think of the intoxicating effects of marijuana, but there’s so much more. In this guide, we’ll explain:
- What is THC?
- How Does It Work and What Are the Effects of THC?
- Are THC Products Available in all States?
- What’s the Difference between THC and CBD?
- Where Can You Find THC?
What is THC
Tetrahydrocannabinol, sometimes also referred to as THC or delta-9 THC, is one of the many cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant, and it is also typically given credit for the intoxicating effects you feel when consuming marijuana. Without question, it is one of the cannabinoids that contribute to the entourage effect—the belief that all the cannabinoids in marijuana work together to create the effects you experience.
How Does It Work and What Are the Effects of THC?
In your body, you have an Endocannabinoid System (ECS). This system contains a series of cannabinoid receptors, along with lipids and enzymes, which help your body stay balanced. These receptors are referred to as CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors are primarily found in the central nervous system, and they react when THC binds to them by creating the psychoactive effects experienced by cannabis consumers.
As for THC effects, that depends on a variety of factors, but most of all, you. Everyone experiences the effects of THC differently. This is especially true if you’re consuming marijuana flower, which contains the terpenes and other cannabinoids that contribute to the entourage effect. While certain cannabis strains may be associated with specific effects, the effects of THC will always depend on how your body reacts to a marijuana product that contains THC. As a whole, according to the NIDA, marijuana products can alter your senses, change your mood, and impair memory and body movement.
Are THC Products Available in All States?
As of April 2022, tetrahydrocannabinol is still defined by the Controlled Substances Act as a Schedule I drug. That being said, many states allow medical- or adult-use marijuana. While more and more government leaders are advocating the legalization of marijuana, it is unclear if this will happen.
What’s the Difference Between THC and CBD?
The most obvious difference between these two cannabinoids is that THC is commonly associated with a psychoactive response in the body and CBD is not. There is also some evidence that CBD, when taken with THC, may minimize the intoxicating effects of THC.
Curious about CBD? Check out our guide “What is CBD?”
Where Can You Find THC?
In states with recreational or medical cannabis programs, THC can be found in a variety of cannabis products available at licensed dispensary locations. These products include premium flower, concentrates, popcorn, edibles, shake, and more. Plus, we have cannabis experts on staff to answer any questions you might have and help you choose the right marijuana products for you.
Recreational Cannabis is not available in all states. Cannabis is for medical use only and may only be used by certified patients in Maryland, New York, and Pennsylvania. State laws impact what dispensaries can and can’t sell to recreational customers and medical marijuana patients. Not every type of product, consumption method, dosage form, or potency mentioned on this blog will be permitted in all locations.