WHAT IS THC
Although this site is mostly about CBD, we would be remiss if we didn’t talk about THC, the other famous and much talked about cannabinoid as it too is used to treat medical conditions.
Cannabis, better known as marijuana among other names, comes from the Cannabis plant and is used for medical or recreational purposes.
Cannabis contains many cannabinoids (chemicals) and the name given to the main psychoactive chemical is called delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, more commonly known as and referred to often as THC which is responsible for the ‘high’ or euphoric state. It comes from the dried flowering tops, leaves, stems, and seeds of the Cannabis sativa (hemp) plant.
Medical cannabis is cannabis that is recommended by a doctor in the treatment of a medical condition and can be administered in various ways including: capsules, lozenges, tinctures, oral sprays, edibles, vaping or smoking dried buds.
A survey carried out by the Canadian Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs (CTADS) indicated that 3.6 million Canadians used cannabis in 2015 and 24% of those used cannabis for medical issues.
WHAT IS THC USED FOR
Other than recreational, medical cannabis is also used for many therapeutic uses and in the treatment of nausea, appetite, chronic pain, and depression.
Some common conditions include:
- Chronic pain
- Muscle spasms
- Nausea associated with chemotherapy
- Improving appetite in HIV/AIDS patients
- Improving Sleep
- Controlling tics in Tourette syndrome
- Eating conditions such as Anorexia
- Pain associated with Arthritis
- PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder)
As with any drug, there are some risks and side-effects associated with long term use. They can include:
- Thinking, reasoning or memory problems
- Mental health problems
- Breathing or lung problems (if smoked)
- Cancer risks if smoking
*Not recommended during or after pregnancy
The Government of Canada provides a very comprehensive document on the short term and long term health effects of cannabis. It is definitely worthwhile reading.
FDA Disclaimer: Any claims or statements made about the possible health benefits conferred by any CBD or marijuana products have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent or cure any disease.