Cannabis like most plants around possess a wide array of chemical components. With that said, the tetrahydrocannabinol better known, as THC is a very active component of the cannabis plant, which triggers a high for its consumers, or stoned. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the THC is also potent and as such has the ability to act like the cannabinoid chemicals made naturally by the body.
THC and Cannabinoids
The diversity of the Cannabinoid receptors is evident as it targets specific areas of the brain. All of which are associated with time, thinking, coordination as well as memory. With that said, the THC on the other hand as supported by the NIDA has the ability to confer and activate the receptors to positive effect in a person’s memory, sensory and time, thinking, concentration, pleasure as well as perception.
Concentrations of THC in Cannabis
It should be worthy to note that, the concentration levels of THC in cannabis varies between strains. This is evident as some cannabis strains possess as little as 0.3 percent THC depending on the weight. This is the complete opposite when it comes to other strains whose THC levels wrack a mouthwatering 20 percent of the weight in a sample. Enclosed below are some stats, as supported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration patterning to the average THC concentration levels in cannabis.
- Marijuana is 1-5 percent
- Hashish, it is 5- 15 percent
- Hashish oil, less than or equal to 20 percent
THC and its Effects on the body
Another survey by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) opines that the THC component in cannabis has the ability to perform the following actions when consumed. They include.
- Stimulates cells in the brain to release dopamine
- Create euphoria
- Interferes with information flow in the hippocampus
Amongst other things, here are some of the identified benefits and side effects associated with THC in cannabis.
- High feeling (elation)
- Short-term memory recall issues
- Anxiety and lots more.
Risks Associated With the THC in Cannabis
Some of the risk associated with the consumption of THC in cannabis includes.
- Impairs the Motor Skill
Researchers in the field of cannabis opines that the THC rich composite in cannabis is very potent and as such has the ability to impair driving or similar tasks in the body for about 2-3 hours after consumption.
- Brain Related Issues
The consumption of cannabis has the ability to hamper brain development and growth in children and even brain damage in the worst cases. With that said staying clear of it ideal especially for children.
Addiction as it is with food, alcohol and even cannabis is very difficult to control. As such staying clear off the substance and become soba again is the best option, although it is a very difficult trick to pull off.
THC can bring many benefits but also has many risks. It is therefore very important to use THC gradually and moderately and to monitor the effects.