What is THC? and it's effects

Updated: May 3, 2020

It goes without saying that THC is one of the most beloved and recognized chemical compounds in human history. Here you will find an in-depth analysis in the form of a guide to find out everything.

  1. What is THC?

  2. What are the effects of THC?

  3. THC vs. CBD

  4. Ways of consumption

  5. How to intensify the effects of THC

  6. How to calm overly intense effects of THC

  7. How to Eliminate THC from the body

In this article, we are going to study THC, its composition, its effects, methods of consumption, and management. Whether you consume it or not, reading this article will allow you to understand a lot about it!


Before we start anything, you should know precisely what THC is. THC stands for trans-Δ⁹-tetrahydrocannabinol, it's one of the 113 cannabinoids found in cannabis. THC is also the key psychotropic component and is the most common cannabinoid in most cannabis strains.

Cannabinoids are basically compounds that affect the body's endocannabinoid receptors to produce all kinds of effects. Interestingly, THC binds to the same receptor in the brain as anandamide (another cannabinoid produced internally) which is a chemical associated with the famous "runner's high" (adrenaline/runner's fever).

Despite the popularity of the effects of THC in the history of mankind, the real first research only started after 1964. Why is that? Well, it was this year that the chemist Raphael Mechoulam managed to isolate and synthesize THC from a Lebanese hash. Thanks to this, scientists around the world were able to start researching the nature of the real effects of THC.


THC is the one that makes you feel that "high", but it goes far beyond that simple sensation. Let's take a closer look at the benefits and harms of THC.


If you're like most cannabis smokers, the main benefit of THC is being "attacked" or high.

This effect can be broken down into several key sensations. The effects can vary between the Indica and Sativa strains, but feelings of relaxation, tranquility, increased appetite, or a slower perception of passing time are fairly common; just like an unexpected urge to laugh or an increased heart rate.

The psychoactive effect of THC also has the potential to be a pain reliever, among other benefits. Research is still in its infancy, but studies suggest that some people with conditions like insomnia, migraines, PTSD, or even cancer can finally get relief from this compound.

Those living with multiple sclerosis or fibromyalgia can potentially benefit from THC, and the same goes for those who suffer from nausea or inflammation.

This potential has paved the way for medical marijuana worldwide. Most American states (33 at present) now allow medical marijuana, and several European countries are now gradually moving in the same direction.


THC has its share of side effects. If we focus on the effects produced, we very often observe symptoms of short-term memory damage and some consumers may even feel feelings of anxiety or paranoia.

And when it comes to long-term effects, there is a serious lack of research on them, but they could be even more worrisome.

As with most drugs, you can in most cases develop a form of tolerance and the same goes for marijuana. Therefore, psychological addiction can potentially be a risk. That said, this also applies to people with a passion for food, drink, substances, or activities. Fortunately, unlike hard drugs, cannabis does not cause physical dependence.

However, that doesn't mean he's completely free from hassles. For example, a study [1] suggests that memory problems caused by THC can become permanent with long-term consumption. If you are predisposed to psychotic disorders, THC can also cause premature onset [2] of symptoms.

The bronchitis is also a potential disorder, but it is only due to the smoke of action which, as we will discuss just now, is not the only method of THC consumption.


Before we get there, it's best to clarify the question that may have arisen in some of the minds reading this article. You must be hearing a lot about CBD, and say it also comes from the cannabis plant." So, what is the difference between CBD and THC? You may ask

Although they are both cannabinoids, there are some very clear distinctions between the two. In short, CBD is non-psychotropic, which means it won't make you feel that famous "high". In fact and on the contrary, CBD is believed to be able to counteract some of the side effects of THC. That being said, cannabinoids work together and can actually improve each other in a variety of ways.


No matter what type of THC you are about to consume, it all starts with decarboxylation. This frightening term is actually the action of removing a carboxyl group from a compound. This converts the THCA present in cannabis raw buds into the famous psychotropic THC that we love so much.

If this seems too complicated, don't be afraid: it is simply to heat the weed. The temperature of the flame of a lighter is, for example, largely sufficient to cause this reaction. Devices like vaporizers do the same thing, even at lower temperatures.


This is probably the most widespread method and the one that we tend to think of most often when we talk about the famous "high". And not surprisingly, it's also one of the simplest ways. You just have to grind heads, grab a bong, a bubbler or a pipe and fill it (or roll a joint ), before lighting it and inhaling! And yes, it's that simple!

It is not the best method in terms of bioavailability which means that it is not too strong, but is rather easy, accessible, and sufficiently effective. Besides, who doesn't like the feeling of rolling a fresh joint or filling up a bowl after a long day at work?

The only downside here is how much the weed will heat up when you apply a flame to it. This will destroy the terpenes, and cause smoking-related problems in the long term. Keep in mind that we are mentioning the dangers of the smoke itself, not of the substance you inhale.


The future is advancing fast and he has a ganja vape in his pocket. Unlike smoking, vaping heats the substance you consume to a relatively low temperature while being strong enough to decarboxylate your material. In fact, you can spray as low as 110  ° C (230 ° F) and continue to smell THC.

Some vaporizers only work with dry grass, while others are built to support concentrates (dabs, wax, crumble, etc.). You will use your whole herb more by consuming it as well. However, the wax will have increased bioavailability.

Vaporization also allows you to consume your THC discreetly thanks to an appearance little different from vapors' pens or electronic cigarettes.


With no strong or weak heat sources involved, THC / cannabis oil has become an increasingly popular option. Bioavailability is not as important as with dabs, but a powerful dose is obtained which produces neither smoke nor vapor. What interest more than one.

All you have to do is place a few drops of oil or a tincture under your tongue and wait twenty minutes before the effects appear! This method of administration has become quite popular among CBD consumers and THC worshipers are also starting to get more and more into it.


Smoking or spraying THC is one thing, but the stakes change dramatically when you eat weed. The main differences are obvious, the duration before the appearance of the effects and their nature which will be much more powerful and extended. This is not due to the fact that eating marijuana strengthens THC, but it seems that in fact, it transforms it!

To be more precise, when THC reaches the liver, it is metabolized into 11-hydroxy-THC, a derivative with much more powerful psychoactive effects. Because of this, once an edible product kicks in within an hour or two, you can expect to hover for a good 6–8 hours. If you can manage yourself outdoors, this is the most discreet method of consumption of all.


Increasingly popular in recent years, THC extracts are compatible with dabs rigs and some vaporizers. These concentrates are extremely powerful and hover around 65–80% THC on average. They also take up less space, are more concentrated, and need little to smash their heads.

Whether you use a dab rig or a pen, the extracts can be great. They will become more and more popular with the advancement of the legalization of cannabis, so do not hesitate to discover them now to be one step ahead.


If you are a seasoned smoker who wants to find a way to intensify the effects of THC on your person, here are some strategies to test.

First, you need to choose a variety of very strong wax. If you are consuming flowers, remember to store them properly and smoke them immediately.

You can also eat foods rich in myrcene or pinene such as sage, thyme, mangoes, and broccoli to increase the intensity of THC. On top of all that, a simple change of schedule at which you usually smoke can make a difference. Finally, if you are able to take a break for a week or more, your tolerance will reset and you will be much more attacked at your next session.


That said, let's say you have the opposite problem. Maybe you haven't smoked in a while, or you rarely smoke and it turns out that ganja attacks you way too hard. If you have access to CBD, this will be the best way to reduce the effects of THC. You will often be more able to access food and water, so do not hesitate to drink and eat. Playing sports can also help, but we doubt that many people who are too attacked really want to go jogging in the middle of the night. What they generally prefer is to go to sleep, which can also help. Surprisingly, you can also try to smell or chew corn kernels to counter the effects of THC. Other than that, try to distract yourself from your discomfort with a cold shower or good music. This will not decrease the THC level in your system, but it can still help you get better.


THC is not going to just disappear from your body when you no longer feel any effects. Do you have a screening coming soon? This can be quite a problem depending on your level of consumption.

We should, however, clarify that these tests do not look for the THC molecule itself. In fact, these tests look for an inactive metabolite called THC-COOH that results from the breakdown of THC in the body.

Even if you don't smoke often, it can stay in your system for a few weeks. Frequent consumers can have THC in their system for more than two months. Waiting for time to pass is not the only solution, however. In fact, there are a few avenues to follow to ensure negative screening.

To start with, in case you haven't already figured it out, you should quit smoking right away until the test is finished. Then grab a bottle of water and start drinking it! You will need to double your water consumption, but don't overdo it. You are aiming to reduce the concentration of THC-COOH in your urine, but if it is too dilute, they may be alerted to an abnormality and have you re-tested soon after.

Detoxifying drinks are also handy since they are made up of diuretic elements that help you urinate more frequently. However, already made mixtures can be quite expensive. We recommend that you concoct them yourself and incorporate a few activated charcoal capsules into this new diet. With a specific medical goal of controlling overdoses, anthrax works wonders for removing unwanted substances from your body.

Use these methods at the same time, and your next screening should be a piece of cake.


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