Definition - What does Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) mean?
Tetrahydrocannabinol, better referred to as THC, is the cannabinoid in cannabis plants that gives the user a “high.” THC is the most abundant and desirable of the cannabinoids present in marijuana.
Although THC is produced by the entire plant, it is present in higher concentrations in the leaves and flowers.
Hydrolife explains Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)
When a person consumes cannabis, the THC works by bonding and stimulating receptors in the brain that produce a pleasurable feeling. In most cases, the effects of THC include a feeling of euphoria that causes the user to feel happier, calmer, and more relaxed.
However, the effect of THC are not consistent for every user. For example, while some users enjoy strong feelings of calm and peace with a lot of THC, other people may notice that high the THC levels of some plants leave them feeling more paranoid or anxious.
THC levels vary with the quality, variety, and different strains of cannabis plants. Wild varieties tend to have little to no THC present, while many strains available on the commercial market contain high THC levels.
Marijuana is constantly being bred in order to produce plants with a higher concentration of THC. While it used to be that THC was the entire purpose behind recreational use of the plant, more research is being done on the benefits of strains that are low in THC. These strains are suitable for a growing population of users who are looking for medicinal effects without getting high.
Some research has found a link between high THC consumption and alterations in the anatomy of the brain in the region called the corpus callosum. Continued excessive use of THC is believed by some medical communities to slow the communication between the cerebral hemispheres.