Marijuana Basics: What is THC?

Marijuana Basics: What is THC?


With the rapidly growing acceptance of marijuana (or cannabis as it is properly called), and the growing rate of legalization the desire to know more about this amazing plant also grows. What is THC? How does cannabis work? These and many other questions are now being asked. Most of these questions arise from those who haven’t experimented cannabis or from those who are interested to lean more about cannabis legalization.

What Makes it Work?

Marijuana has three primary strands (or species) known as: Sativa and Indica and Hybrid (combination of the two). The active chemical agents of marijuana are THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol). THC is the psychoactive compound, while CBD works on pain management. Although they seem opposed, they actually work together.

THC is also responsible for providing that feeling of euphoria. This is due to an increase in dopamine levels as a result of THC consumption. So what actually happens once marijuana has been used?

THC and the Body

As most would likely imagine marijuana affects the brain, where the cannabis compounds interact with the body. The brain’s neurotransmitters that deliver information from one neuron to another, attach to receptors. One particular neurotransmitter called endocannabinoids are similar to the compounds found in THC. That is important because these similarities allow the THC agents to attach to the cannabinoid receptors in the brain. It is this interaction with those receptors that can induce feelings ranging from anxiety to joy.

These are the basics of THC how it works in the body. Feel free to ask your budtender to recommend a strain that’s right for you when you visit a Las Vegas Dispensary.



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