Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is one of the most popular components of the cannabis plant. It is responsible for making you feel stoned when you smoke or ingest this plant. The variety of the cannabis plant known as hemp contains very low levels of THC which is why it is widely used in industries. THC is the most well-known cannabinoid in the cannabis plant. However, there are over 100 others. With the discovery of the magical health properties of cannabidiol (CBD), scientists have turned their attention to studying more cannabinoids in the cannabis plant.
Health Benefits of THC
While the world may be against THC, this compound has numerous health benefits. The opposition to THC mainly stems from a lack of understanding of the potential benefits of this plant. However, that is likely to change in the future. With that said, let’s look at some benefits of THC.
Pain Relief: Just like CBD, THC is useful in providing relief from chronic pain. Studies show that THC can help people with chronic pain by blocking pain signals from reaching the brain.
Nausea: In medical circles, the ability of CBD to treat nausea is well known. There is a drug for nausea called Marinol which contains synthetic THC.
Sleep Aid: If you have ever used marijuana, then you know first hand that this plant can work as a sleep aid. Well, THC plays a crucial role in making that possible. Studies show that it can combat insomnia.
Brain Health: Contrary to what you may have heard, THC protects brain cells from damage rather than lead to the death of brain cells. Studies show that people with THC in their bodies were likely to experience impairments when they suffer traumatic brain injury.
PTSD: THC can help ease the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It can reduce flashbacks, insomnia, depression, and other symptoms of this condition.
Appetite: Yes, we all know that THC can boost appetite. If you have ever used the cannabis plant, then you know how it feels to have the munchies. The appetite-stimulating quality of THC could potentially be harnessed in the medical field.
These are some of the top benefits of THC, but there are many others including the fact that it has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor, and antioxidant properties.
How THC Works in the Body
THC binds to receptors in the brain, stimulating them and precipitating the release of chemicals like dopamine. This is why people have a sense of euphoria when they use cannabis. THC also affects our ability to form short term memories and our perception of time. High dosages of THC can even result in symptoms of schizophrenia.
In case you’re wondering, yes it is possible to overdose on THC especially if you are taking in marijuana edibles. It usually takes about 24 hours for the effect to wear off. During that period, it is not advisable to operate heavy machinery or drive.
It should be noted that THC is not fatal even when you overdose on it – although the effect may be intense.