THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is a natural cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant. It is one of at least 113 cannabinoids that we know of to date and is the main psychoactive component of cannabis, producing the “high” associated with smoking it.
Interestingly, THC and CBD have the identical molecular structure to one another – 21 carbon atoms, 30 hydrogen atoms and 2 oxygen atoms. The only difference is the arrangement of the atoms in each cannabinoid, and that affects how they interact with our endocannabinoid system.
THC was first discovered and isolated in 1964. It was found that, when smoked, THC gets absorbed into our bloodstream and travels to the brain. It then attaches itself to the endocannabinoid receptors located in the cerebral cortex, cerebellum, and basal ganglia. These parts of the brain are responsible for memory, thought, pleasure, coordination and movement.
When speaking of the benefits of THC, it’s important to remember that research in this area is still fairly new and ongoing. Here are just a handful of benefits that research has shown THC to be useful for:
- Reduce anxiety
- Reduce inflammation and provide pain relief
- Helps in the treatment of depression
- Assists in the treatment of ADHD/ADD
- Control nausea and vomiting caused by cancer chemotherapy
- Assists with symptoms of PTSD
- Relax tight muscles in people with multiple sclerosis
Common and known side effects to THC are temporary, and can include but are not limited to:
- Red eyes
- Dry mouth
- Memory loss
- Increased heart rate
- Slow reaction time
- Increase anxiety and or depression
It must be said that, regarding long term effects, research suggests that THC and regular cannabis use has the potential to cause mental and health issues, especially amongst teenagers. This is why it’s so important to know the difference between THC and CBD and what effects each will have on your body.
THC can be consumed in a variety of ways and each method will work differently with your body. For example, when eating cannabis, it will take awhile before experiencing the effects of it on your body. Smoking it however, will have an almost instant impact. Some consumption methods include:
- Eating, for example in a brownie
- Oils and tinctures
- Topical creams and balms
Buying THC in South Africa
Unlike the rest of the world, South Africa is once again lagging behind when it comes to cannabis legislation and legalisation. It is for this reason that we are unable to offer products containing THC. Recently however, the government down-scheduled THC to a Schedule 6 substance and completely descheduled it in a few instances, so there is hope on the horizon. We at CBDstore.co.za will be the first to bring you a high quality and safe product when the time comes.
CBDstore.co.za abides by all South African regulations and actively makes sure that all of their products meet the strict government guidelines.