What is THC?

Most of us know that THC is the main chemical compound found in marijuana responsible for the high. You have probably heard about this cannabinoid if you smoke marijuana. But what does it do or mean? Many questions about THC will be answered in this post, so keep reading!

The Facts

THC, scientifically known as Tetrahydrocannabinol (try saying that 5 times fast), is a cannabinoid. But what is a cannabinoid? Well, a cannabinoid is a chemical compound found in marijuana (which is why marijuana is scientifically known as cannabis) that reacts with the brain and body to give off various feelings, known as getting high. There are many different cannabinoids found in marijuana, This cannabinoid just happens to be the most commonly known due to its effects.

Our bodies naturally give off THC-like chemicals that support health and enjoyment. So when this cannabinoid is added, it binds with those chemicals to form a more powerful effect. This effect is what gets you high when you smoke. So this means whether you smoke or not, your body has the capability to change feelings and emotions when your brain receives different chemicals (or drugs in some cases). To put it in other words, you live in a constant “weak” high. When THC enters your body, it boosts that high so that you realize it is actually there and you can feel its effects.

Not everyone is the same, however. Some people need more THC to feel the same high as some people who barely smoke it. Some people enjoy the high that this cannabinoid gives off, and some do not like it. For some people, THC can calm anxiety, for others, it might promote anxiety. So, use THC wisely and listen to your body. If you can’t handle it, then don’t smoke it.

Detecting THC

When going through a marijuana drug test, the tester is usually testing for the amount of THC found in someone’s body. So if you smoked marijuana without this cannabinoid present, could you still pass a drug test? The answer is yes. If the tester was searching for THC, and you smoked marijuana without this cannabinoid, then obviously you would pass. But don’t expect the same high from marijuana that doesn’t contain THC, since this cannabinoid is the main cannabinoid in marijuana that gets you high.

Actually, there are many different strains of marijuana that do not contain this cannabinoid. The most common marijuana strains out there all contain THC, however. But what could it be replaced with? Well a lot of times if there is none of this cannabinoid, then there’s CBD. CBD gives off a different high, though, and has different attributes than this cannabinoid, but we’ll save the CBD details for another post.

Curious to know how the chemical formula of THC looks? Well here it is:

THC Chemical Compound Makeup

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Evan Weston

Evan Weston is a contributor to Reefer Posts, a growing community for exploring the developing market of Cannabis and CBD-related products. He spends a lot of time researching the development of health-related products that utilize Cannabis and CBD oils. He also keeps tabs on the developing legal environment regarding medical, recreational cannabis use, and production.

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