What is THC?

Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is the most well-known and most often the most prevalent cannabinoid found in cannabis. This is the psychoactive component known to produce euphoria, which is more often described as the feeling of being “high.”

THC binds primarily to the receptors found throughout the brain. Research has shown THC to work to reduce or even eliminate pain, nausea, and stress while also helping to stimulate the appetite and combat insomnia. In high doses, THC may cause some patients to feel paranoia or an increased heart rate, but these adverse effects will subside with time.

Effects and Benefits

Research has shown that THC is effective in the treatment of a variety of symptoms and conditions. Examples of conditions for which THC is particularly effective in providing symptom relief are listed below:

  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Cancer
  • Chronic post-operative pain
  • Fibromyalgia

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