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Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the compound in cannabis that creates the psychoactive effects for the user. Tetrahydrocannabinol is the most popular and familiar cannabinoid and some of the effects that it can produce when consumed are euphoria, sensory awareness, sedation, relaxation, increased appetite, and altered consciousness.

Cannabis is cultivated largely for the purpose of its effects that are a direct result of THC interacting with the endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system is a complex framework of receptors, lipids, and enzymes that create a regulatory balance within the body. Homeostasis occurs when our body’s achieve this balance. The endocannabinoid system consists of endocannabinoids which are messenger molecules that every human body produces.

It also contains receptors such as the CB1 receptor and CB2 receptor. When THC binds to these receptors, this is what produces the intoxicating effects that people refer to when they say they are high. Cannabis extracts usually have a higher THC content than regular cannabis bud. Many recreational users are always on the lookout for strains of cannabis that are high in THC content because it will provide the greatest high.

For beginner users, it is recommended to start off low if you don’t know your tolerance level, as consuming products that are high in THC can sometimes produce unpleasant effects such as anxiety or paranoia. One study conducted in 2016 revealed that intoxification from cannabis may decrease aggression. THC is known to have fairly potent sedative effects. Higher doses may have a stimulating effect, but it all varies from one person to the next. THC contains anti-inflammatory properties that people may tend to use for medicinal purposes. There has also been numerous studies revealing its ability to reduce pain levels.

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The THC in this strain of cannabis is so high that I was blazed for hours and then dozed off right after.

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