Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) benefits and side-effects
THC is the principal psychoactive constituent of cannabis. THC is assumed to be involved in the plant’s self-defense, putatively against insect predation, ultraviolet light, and environmental stress.source: WikipediA
THC stimulates cells in the brain to release dopamine, creating euphoria, that “high” you experience during and after the use of THC products. However, Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) has a couple of benefits outside its recreational use. The substance can be extracted from marijuana, or synthesized in the lab.
One can consume THC in various ways, inhaled, by mouth, or sprayed under the tongue. When smoked, THC enters the bloodstream and reaches peak concentration in the blood within minutes. The euphoric effect of THC can last from half an hour to 1 to 2 hours when you smoke it. That feeling can persist for up to several hours when you consume THC in the form of edibles. If you choose the latter, keep in mind that most instances of over-consumption involve ingestible products. Because ingestible products take longer to take effect, people may consume more in an effort to feel the “high” quicker.
So what are the benefits of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)? What can it do for me?
Apart from the obvious recreational use of THC and the feeling of “high”, THC is known to:
- stimulate food intake
Also, THC is most likely effective in
- reducing pain (excluding central neuropathic pain) and
- spasticity symptoms found in patients with Multiple Sclerosis
People suffering from
should consider the use of THC products that ease such symptoms if not block them altogether. Against pain, anxiety, and insomnia, one can also decide to consume CBD products that come without the feeling of “euphoria”.
So far so good, but are there any Side-Effects?
THC products, regardless of the means of consumption, are known to cause problems with
- red eyes
- dry (cotton) mouth
- temporary memory loss
- loss of balance
It all depends on each individual’s reaction to the substance as well as dosage. Acute overdose is unlikely to be fatal. However, keep in mind that research published in 2017 on Oxford Academics suggested that “Cannabis abuse in adolescence is associated with increased risk of psychotic disorders”.
On a side note, Cannabinoids like THC and CBD are stored in the body’s fat. They can show up on drug tests for several days or weeks after you use them. source: ScienceDirect