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What is THC?

All you need to know about the most famous cannabinoid Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and its benefits and uses.
07 May 2020
11 min read
What is THC?

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Tetrahydrocannabinol is one of the 100+ cannabinoids found in cannabis. Most people know THC as the chemical compound in cannabis responsible for getting us high, but what more is there to know about this famous cannabinoid? 

1. What are Cannabinoids? 

Cannabinoids are known as being a secondary end product produced by the cannabis plant metabolism, which means these chemicals have no primary role in the plant’s development.

However, they act as an immune system for the plant, protecting her against predators, parasites, and pests.

These compounds produced by cannabis flowers that can provide relief to a variety of symptoms like pain, nausea, anxiety, and inflammation. Cannabinoids imitate compounds our body naturally produces (named endocannabinoids) when there is an internal deficiency or problem.

When cannabis is consumed, cannabinoids interact with cannabinoid receptors in our brain, and depending on the cannabinoid, it will have a different effect on our body.

For example, THC binds to receptors in our brain (that’s why it has a psychoactive effect), whereas CBN (a variation of CBD) binds to receptors scattered throughout the body (that’s why it provides pain-relieving and more of a couch-lock effect).

 

CB1 receptors primarily found in the brain and central nervous system, and CB2 receptors mostly found in the peripheral organs and the immune system.
 

2. What is THC? 

Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (aka THC) like all other cannabinoids is a chemical product of the cannabis plants’ metabolism. It is found in high doses on cannabis flowers and the areas around them.

Although THC is only one of 100+ plus cannabinoids, it’s the primary psychoactive ingredient.
 

3. How to Consume THC? 

No matter how you’re gonna consume THC, it all starts with decarboxylation. Live cannabis plants contain THCA, the non-active version of this compound. When cannabis is decarboxylated the acid molecule drops off and the THC is activated, this results in the effects we know.

This means that the THC in fresh cannabis is not yet active. You can consume cannabis by smoking it in a joint (the most common method), by vaporizing it in electric vaporizers or in edibles. Edibles are a way of consuming cannabis without the need for heat (you’ll need to decarboxylate your cannabis before).

After you decarboxylate it you can infuse active cannabis into any kind of food. Unlike smoking or vaporizing cannabis, when consuming edibles the cannabinoids will be released slowly and the high can last up to 6hrs, this method is usually recommended for medicinal users. 

4. The Effects of THC On Our Body 

THC stimulates cells in the brain to release dopamine, creating euphoria. It also interferes with how information is processed in the part of the brain responsible for forming new memories. THC can induce hallucinations, change thinking, and cause delusions.

 

 

 

When smoking or vaporizing the effects last about two hours and can kick in 2-10 minutes after, if you decide to consume edibles the effect can last up to 8hs and the high can take up to 1hr to kick in. 

5. Medicinal Uses 

THC can be extracted from cannabis or synthesized. When used properly THC can have many medicinal properties.  

It is used to treat or prevent nausea and vomiting associated with cancer medicine, increase the appetite of people with AIDS, and even may be able to improve memory when taken in small doses.  

6. How to Intensify the Effects of THC? 

If you’re used to getting high and want a more potent high there are different ways to achieve this. You can smoke concentrates instead of flowers.

Concentrates (like hashish and rosin) are made by extracting trichomes, this means you’ll be smoking solely on cannabinoids and terpenes.

 

 

Cannabis extracts, also known as cannabis concentrates are nothing but a potent form of your traditional buds.
 

Concentrates can have up to 70% THC instead of up to 30% of cannabis flowers.

The other way is to look for strains with terpenes (like Limonene and Terpinolene) that provide a more Sative type of high.

7. How to Decrease the Effects of THC? 

Along with THC, cannabis produces another cannabinoid named CBD. This cannabinoid counteracts the effects of THC and can cut down the effects of paranoia, anxiety, and memory impairment associated with THC.

CBD also provides a more medicinal type of high and can be used to treat pain and inflammation among other benefits. 

8. In Conclusion 

If you’re looking for THC-rich strains, we have just the right thing for you. Gelato Auto has a crazy 26% THC level and it’s one of the most potent autoflowering strains available. It provides an uplifting and energetic high, great for the creative mind.

If you’re not an avid smoker, we recommend Orange Sherbet Auto with 24% THC or Zkittlez Auto with 23% THC, these are also very potent strains that will deliver an uplifting and exhilarating high but will gradually lead into a relaxing body high.

Orange Sherbet Auto
Orange Sherbet Auto
Genes
Mostly Sativa
Genetics
Orange Sherbet Auto
Flowering
9-10 weeks
Harvest
500-650gr/m2
Height
110-150cm
THC
up to 24%
CBD
Very low
Autoflowering
Yes
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13,00 €
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3 fem
36,00 €
5 fem
55,00 €
10 fem
99,00 €
25 fem
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50 fem
365,00 €
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590,00 €
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1 950,00 €
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36,00 €
 

With these strains you may want to take it slowly, these strains are powerful and not for beginners, too much THC can promote anxiety and panic attacks if you’re not used to it.

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Amnesia Haze Auto
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Gelato Auto
Gelato Auto
Our most powerful strain yet. 26% THC lab reports, and distinct Ice cream flavours. 
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Gorilla Cookies Auto
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Gorilla Glue Auto Glue Auto
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Lemon AK Auto
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OG Kush Auto
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Orange Sherbet Auto
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Purple Lemonade
Purple Lemonade
The best purple strain we’ve ever created
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Zkittlez Auto
Zkittlez Auto
The new standard for autoflower genetics
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