The much-criticized chemical compound found in cannabis, THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) has been categorized as a selfish, illusory drug that “has medicinal benefits” (as the users say). The nay-saying critics can pocket the combative thoughts because research and studies have an overwhelming plethora of substantial evidence as to why and how THC is a monumental beneficial compound of the marijuana plant despite its psychoactive effects. So, yeah, those “stoners” were right.
As of late, everyone is talking about the health benefits of CBD; but what about THC, CBD’s cousin? It’s the cannabinoid that includes the “high” experience many people associate cannabis with. This compound has an incredible amount of wellness benefits, some of which are the same shared benefits with CBD.
Show Me the THC Bene’s
Exclusive to THC: Sleep Aid . Euphoria . Appetite Stimulant . Combats Sleep Apnea . Treatment of PTSD
Shared Benefits with CBD: Kills Cancer Cells . Pain Relief . Decreased Inflammation . Antiemetic (nausea & vomiting) . Relief for Stress Disorders . Combats Digestive Problems . Promotes Brain Growth . Antioxidant . Antibacterial
How does the human body actually benefit from THC?
Humans as well as dogs, cats and horses have what is called an endocannabinoid system or (ECS). This is the system in the body that makes cannabis able to be absorbed, utilized and transferred throughout our bodies by way of receptors in which some animals do not possess.
When THC is ingested, the endocannabinoids activate cannabinoid receptors in our bodies that release signals to the brain, these receptors are known as CB1 and CB2. The receptors transfer information and release specific hormones within the body which cause specific effects.
THC can be enjoyed by smoking, vaping, tinctures, oils, capsules and more. The absorption rates are different between modes of use. Smoking is the most rapid absorption method and can be detected within 10-15 minutes post-ingestion. A couple undesired outcomes of smoking are the residual smell it leaves as well as smoke exposure. Oral or sublingual ingestion are a couple other ways to utilize THC; they do however take a bit longer for effects to be felt at around 1-2 hours. Many individuals may select this method rather than smoking as to the discreetness it offers.
Pharmaceutical companies have created a synthetic drug of THC known as Dronabinol which is used to treat nausea, vomiting, and loss of appetite. There hasn’t as of yet been a drug to be created from the pure plant extract, but again, this most likely will change in the near future.
So, there you have it. The health benefits of THC are vast, wholesome and competitive with any chemical drug out on the market. As an all natural, non-addictive substance, cannabis is King and he is rising to the top. We are sure to see this King stand tall on the hill.