THC aka tetrahydrocannabinol, is the most famous and primary ingredient in dry herb that’s responsible for its main effects.
It is renown for its massive range of effects and uses. It has a host of medical benefits; reported to be able to relieve pain, nausea, seizures, and depression.
Published research on THC stretches back decades, a whole host of countries across the globe are looking into this unique chemical.
However the legislation and laws surrounding this chemical has kept it out of the hands of the mainstream medical establishment.
THC was discovered in 1964
Despite herb being a popular smoking material for millennia the chemical compound that is THC was only isolated in 1964. A Israeli doctor called Dr. Mechoulam first isolated the chemical while working as a postdoctoral student in the early 60s. Mechoulam realised that while the active compounds in cocaine and opium had been successfully isolated, the establishment had yet to attempt the same with herb.
He went so far as to illegally obtain herb from his friends in the police force. He successfully managed to isolate THC in 1964 at the beginning of his long and successful career as a herb researcher.
He would attain many honours and awards across the lifetime of his career.
THC is one of more than 60 active ingredients in cannabis
THC is the most famous ingredient present in herb, but it is just one of many present in the plant.
THC is a class of chemical known as a cannabinoids, there are known to be more than 60 present in herb. THC and CBD are the most concentrated. All of these cannabinoids can be enjoyed with a vaporizer.
Each cannabinoid has a different boiling temperature, with careful use of your vaporizer you can isolate and enjoy the effects of certain compounds and customise your high.
THC is used in FDA-approved pharmaceuticals
THC is still illegal in several countries worldwide synthesised variants of it have been legally prescribed for years.
One of the first THC based medicinal drugs is a pill called Marinol, which was developed by a company that trades under the name Unimed Pharmaceuticals.
In 1985 Marinol received FDA approval as a drug to treat the nausea that comes with chemotherapy.
Since that first approval dozens of drugs containing THC have been approved and sold on the medicinal market.
THC can save brain cells and even stimulate their growth
Despite the cliche of the bread dead stoner zombie it seems that THC has a variety of positive effects on brain cells.
While most recreational drugs are harmful neurotoxins THC is a neuroprotectant. Which means that it can protect brain cells from damage caused by issues such as inflammation and stress.
Reseach suggests that THC can even go as far as to promote the growth of new brain cells through a process known as neurogenesis.
Chemicals like THC are already found in the body
After THC was isolated and discovered, scientists searched for decades for similar compounds present in the human body that may explain its effects.
In 1992 Dr. Mechoulam and his team made another landmark discovery; they discovered a molecule called anandamide.
Anandamide is one of only a few herb active ingredients that is produced within the human body.
In much the same way that morphine and other opioids work by mimicking naturally occurring chemicals, THC mimics anandamide.
When it enters the human body it latches on receptors in the brain that regulate mood, sleep, memory and appetite.
THC doesn’t always come with a high
THC is revered in the UK herb scene because of its effects, especially its euphoria. However this effect is not 100% down to the THC.
This is because the THC present in herb is in fact THCA, a variant of the chemical which is not actually psychoactive, this is why ingesting herb untreated and undried isn’t actually popular among recreational users.
The medical community do use THCA in many treatments as has a lot of the same medical benefits as THC. THCA is usually turned into THC when it is treated with heat.