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What is Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Why Does it Matter?

Tetrahydrocannabinol

At TOPS Cannabis we are the proud purveyors of a wide variety of cannabis products. Most of these products are naturally infused with the chemical compound THC. Just about everyone knows that THC is the active ingredient in cannabis. But what is THC, really?

With this article we hope to break down what THC is and why it matters. We’ll dive into a bit of science and hopefully help dispel some myths about this powerful chemical compound. If you have more questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. At TOPS Cannabis we take cannabis education seriously and would like our customers to be as informed as possible in deciding which products and methods are best for them.

Chemistry 101: What is THC?

Like thousands of other compounds that enter your body on a daily basis, THC is a chemical — specifically, the chemical compound Tetrahydrocannabinol. It’s one of over 100 cannabinoids found in the resin produced by the cannabis plant, but it happens to be the ingredient that makes this plant psychoactive when consumed by people and animals.

Neuroscience 101: What THC Is Doing In Your Brain

Now for a quick lesson on the brain. Your brain recognizes THC because it has corresponding receptors for cannabinoids. These receptors exist because your body produces chemicals that are similar to what tetrahydrocannabinol is for use in normal body processes. The entire system of receptors is part of the brain’s endocannabinoid system.

Not surprisingly, these receptors exist in the areas of the brain associated with pleasure, coordination, time perception, thinking and memory.

When you eat or inhale cannabis smoke and introduce the compound to your system, the brain’s endocannabinoid system is completely overwhelmed. The infusion of foreign chemicals causes a disruption in normal brain activities. THC is what is causing this disruption.

What THC is doing is preventing normal chemicals from doing their job. This causes a whole host of neurological and physical side effects like increased hunger and sluggishness.

Biology 101: The Effects of THC on Your Body

So what is the effect of THC on the body? This can also vary widely from person to person due to different body types. After consumption of cannabis, THC is what is stored in the body’s fat cells and gradually broken down and absorbed into the bloodstream.

The compound is metabolized by the body and can be found in blood, urine, sweat, hair or saliva up to 70 days for those who use cannabis heavily. For those who use it one time the duration is closer to a week.

It’s difficult to specify what length of time THC is in your system because everyone’s body chemistry and usage is slightly different. On the positive end of the spectrum, what tetrahydrocannabinol does is elicit feelings of calm, peace, relaxation and a decrease in nausea.

On average, the effects of THC last about two hours and typically begin the moment of ingestion or up to a half hour after, depending on the method of ingestion. Because the continual effects of THC can stretch out over a few hours, many doctors recommend not driving or using heavy machinery up to 3 hours after use.

Furthermore, medical studies have shown that prolonged use of cannabis and the effects of THC can lead to a decreased IQ score and impaired cognition and memory. This is true especially in people below the age of 18. Like all other controlled substances, cannabis should be used in moderation by consenting adults.

Health 101: THC, Cannabis and Choices

The different reactions depending on the person is what makes tetrahydrocannabinol seem slightly unpredictable. In the end, experiences differ based on a person’s metabolism rate and internal body chemistry, or they can differ based on the particular strain of cannabis that you’re trying out. You also need to factor in which method of consumption you use, from eating and drinking cannabis products to smoking and using topicals.

Fortunately, TOPS Cannabis offers a wide variety of high quality cannabis products. Take a look at our menu to learn more about our offerings and to find the strains and accessories that you like best.

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Cannabis comes in plenty of forms, from edibles to flower, indica to sativa dominant strains.
If you’re not sure which cannabis products are right for you, or if you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

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