THC, also known as delta-9-THC, is the most abundant cannabinoid found in the majority of cannabis cultivars. Written by Anna Barberena.
THC, also known as delta-9-THC, is the most abundant cannabinoid found in the majority of cannabis cultivars. This cannabinoid is responsible for the majority of the intoxicating effects we experience from cannabis. THC binds to the CB1 receptor throughout the endocannabinoid system which produces the feeling of intoxication (1). THC was first identified and isolated by Dr. Rapheal Mecholum and his team in 1964. THC has been shown to have numerous therapeutic properties which aid in pain relief, reducing inflammation, stimulating appetite, relaxing muscles, reducing spasms, lessening anxiety, inhibiting the spread of cancer cells, slowing down damage to the nervous system and reducing seizures (2, 3). THC has been shown to have 20 times the anti-inflammatory power of aspirin and twice that of hydrocortisone (3)! THC concentrations in flower can range from 3% all the way to 35% depending on genetics, how the flower is grown and what post-harvest processes are utilized.
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