Tetrahydrocannabinol, THC, is a chemical compound found in the cannabis plant, also known as marijuana. When used, either through ingestion or inhalation, it binds to specific receptors in the brain called cannabinoid receptors.
In low doses, the compound causes some pain reduction, may reduce aggression, can stimulate appetite, and may help reduce nausea. Higher doses may cause the “high” associated with marijuana. Which leads to altered perception of time and space, feelings of happiness and well-being, or sleepiness and fatigue.
Synthetic forms of THC are often available in countries where the use of cannabis is illegal. The prescription drug Marinol®, containing lab-created THC, is used to treat eating disorders, to help relieve the side effects of chemotherapy, and to help counteract the devastating effects of full-blown AIDS. Early research suggests THC may have possible benefits in reducing the tics in people diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome.
The chemical compound THC
Many people who have used THC in synthetic form feel the chemical is more effective from organic sources. The war on drugs in the US makes it very difficult to obtain cannabis legally in many places, though the use of cannabis has been legalized in most states to provide limited access for people with certain medical conditions, for recreational use, and even decriminalized in some states.