Tetrahydrocannabinol, more commonly known as THC, is the molecule responsible for the hype around cannabis. Whenever there is a debate about the plant, it’s almost always about THC (until recently, when CBD exploded into cannabis-culture). THC is a molecule which historically was controversial, today there is a renewed interest in its colorful effects. More than ever before, people are curious about the intoxicating THC experience.
Over the last few decades, cannabis has gone through a revolution. Through a growing body of research, we have a deeper understanding of THC’s effects. We are starting to understand what happens inside the body when we consume THC, which has led to a shift of perspective. Cannabis isn’t the scary, vilified substance it once was – people are seeking it out, often for the very first time in their lives. With the increased interest comes questions like what is THC, and why does it have such an intoxicating effect in the human body?
What is THC?
There are at least 113 cannabinoids in the cannabis plant, with more being discovered all the time. These compounds, known as ‘cannabinoids’, are responsible for many of the effects of the plant. Each strain contains a unique combination, leading to a unique experience when consumed.
THC is the most famous cannabinoid, and it is classified as one of the two primary cannabinoids (the other being cannabidiol (CBD)). According to the research thus far, THC is the only cannabinoid responsible for the intoxicating feeling associated with the plant. In essence, THC is the “high”. Other cannabinoids and terpenes influence the sensations of the high, but it’s ultimately the THC which delivers the ‘high’ itself.