Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), is a chemical compound found in the cannabis plant. It is one of the many cannabinoids present in both hemp and marijuana, known for its psychoactive properties, which means it can alter one's mental state and produce a "high" feeling when consumed.
While THC has recreational uses, it also holds significant medical potential. Research suggests that THC may help alleviate symptoms associated with conditions like chronic pain, nausea, chronic pain, and loss of appetite.
As regulations surrounding cannabis continue to evolve worldwide, understanding THC's properties becomes vital for individuals seeking information about its effects on both recreational and medicinal use.
How does THC work?
The human body naturally produces cannabinoids which are called endocannabinoids. These compounds work in the endocannabinoid system to maintain homeostasis (balance) by binding with Cannabinoid-1 (CB1) and Cannabinoid-2 (CB2) receptors. Cannabinoids, like THC, can imitate endocannabinoids and bind with the receptors, helping to send signals to the body to improve health and overall balance in the system.
THC interacts with specific receptors in the brain and central nervous system, primarily targeting the endocannabinoid system. This interaction can result in various effects such as relaxation, euphoria, altered perception of time and space, increased appetite, and even potential therapeutic benefits.
Hemp THC vs Marijuana THC
Hemp and marijuana are two different varieties of the cannabis plant. Hemp typically contains very low levels of THC (0.3% or less), while marijuana can have much higher concentrations of THC (often ranging from 5% to 30%). This distinction is crucial as it determines the legal status and potential uses of these plants.
Is THC Federally Legal?
Yes, some forms of THC are legal. While THC derived from the marijuana plant is not federally legal, forms of hemp derived THC are. The 2018 Farm Bill confirms all derivatives, isomers, and cannabinoids in hemp are legal. However, the bill set restrictions stating all final products must contain 0.3% or less of Delta-9 THC. All of our Delta-9 THC products contain less than 0.3% Delta-9 THC derived from hemp and are federally legal. Delta-9 THC derived from marijuana is not federally legal. Although there are no current age restrictions from the federal government on hemp derived products, CBD Kratom policy is to sell to those 18 years of age or older. Federal law states inhalants can only be consumed by those who are 21 years of age and older in the United States. It's important to note that the legality of THC varies depending on jurisdiction. In some places, it may be legal for medical or recreational use, while in others it may be strictly regulated or prohibited altogether. Understanding the differences between hemp and marijuana and their respective THC levels is crucial for navigating legal and health considerations related to cannabis use.
Does THC Show Up on a Drug Test?
Metabolites are your body’s reaction to consuming any form of THC, and these metabolites will trigger many drug tests. Different methods of delivery produce varying levels of metabolites within your body. As a precaution, you should not consume these products if you are subject to drug tests.
How Does THC Interact with CBD?
THC can be combined with other cannabinoids, like CBD, to create an entourage effect which may enhance the effects of all combined cannabinoids. Research suggests the protective effects of CBD may counteract some of the negative effects of THC, so you may find a product with CBD and THC helpful in reducing undesirable effects, like paranoia or anxiety. You may also consider full spectrum products or combining THC with other cannabinoids, like CBD or CBN, to achieve your desired effects or experiences.
What Are the Different Forms of THC?
When people refer to THC, they are usually talking about Delta-9 THC despite the multiple forms of THC found in the cannabis plant. You may be familiar with some of the other following forms of THC:
- Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCa) is a natural compound found in the cannabis plant, known to be a precursor to Delta-9 THC, and it may be beneficial in helping to ease nausea.
- Delta-8 THC is a natural cannabinoid derived from hemp with mild psychotropic properties, meaning it has the ability to alter mood, behavior, and perception.
- Delta-9 THC is the main psychoactive cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant, and it can alter your perception by binding to the receptors in your body that affect coordination, thinking, concentration, and pleasure. Research indicates that Delta-9 THC may also have restorative effects to aid in pain relief, sleep, and appetite issues.
- Delta-10 THC has similar effects to Delta-9 THC and Delta-8 THC, but it is much milder than these forms of THC. Its energizing effects also differ significantly from Delta-9 THC and Delta-8 THC. Many consumers have found Delta-10 THC beneficial for encouraging creativity, increasing focus, and promoting alertness.
- Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCv) is a lesser known cannabinoid present in low amounts in the cannabis plant. Its benefits may include reducing stress, relieving symptoms related to anxiety or panic attacks, and acting as appetite suppressant.
- THCP is one of the strongest at binding with CB receptors, and typically found at 2% concentration in products. This molecule produces a much stronger effect, more potent than Delta-9 THC.
What Are The Different Ways To Take THC?
THC is available in several forms including oils/, tinctures, cartridges, edibles, beverages, and topicals. Before introducing THC into your routine, we recommend consulting with a healthcare professional. Your body's reaction varies depending on the method of delivery; this explains varying onset time and duration of effects.
- Smokables: Smoking or vaping is one of the easiest and most traditional ways to consume THC, and it provides more bioavailability which means you can absorb more of the THC than you would with other forms, like edibles. With smokable products, you inhale the THC which is then absorbed through the lungs and into the bloodstream. You will likely begin to feel the effects of smokables within 15-30 minutes, and these effects may last anywhere between two to three hours.
- Tinctures/Oils: Tinctures or oils are a popular method for taking THC due to their convenience. Apply the recommended dosage under your tongue with the dropper and hold the oil in place for up to 60 seconds to allow for maximum absorption through the capillaries. After holding for the allotted time, swallow the oil. You will likely begin to feel the effects of a tincture or oil within an hour to an hour and a half. Typically, consumers report the effects last for about three to five hours.
- Edibles: Edibles, like gummies or lollipops, are an easy way to try THC products at home or on the go. This form introduces the THC through the digestive system into the bloodstream. You will likely begin to feel the effects of edibles within an hour and a half to two hours. The effects of edibles typically last longer than other methods of delivery, about six to ten hours.
- Beverages: Water-soluble THC can be consumed in drinks such as seltzers and teas. Through a process called nanoemulsion, water-soluble THC creates fast-acting effects by dissolving rapidly through the digestive system into the bloodstream. Effects can be felt within 30 minutes of consumption
Again, onset and duration may vary per individual and delivery method.
How Can I Find The Right Product?
Finding the right THC product will depend largely on your needs, wants, and preferences. Visit us in-store for some one-on-one time with our doyens. You can also shop online and schedule some one-on-one time with one of our experts from the comfort of your home.