So What is THC?
Let’s Learn About THC
There are over 131+ different known cannabinoids found in cannabis. THC, or Tetrahydrocannabinol, is the primary compound responsible for most of cannabis’ psychological and body effects and it is actually very similar to the cannabinoid chemicals made naturally by the body.
THC reacts with cannabinoid receptors, which are found all throughout the brain and body. This is why THC has such diverse effects on the body and mind.
THC was first discovered in 1964 by a doctor in Israel named Dr. Raphael Mechoulam. He is credited with being the first person to isolate THC from the cannabis plant.
THC in it’s natural, raw form, THCa, doesn’t actually get your “high.” It needs to be decarboxylated (heated) in order to bind to the Cannabinoid receptors in your body and brain.
THCV, or Tetrahydrocannabivarin, is also another variant of THC found in cannabis. THCV is similar to THC, but, provides a number of pronounced and altogether different effects.
Unlike THC, THCV is an appetite suppressant, not a stimulant, and emerging research shows that THCV is beneficial in helping people with diabetes by helping to regulate blood sugar levels and reduce insulin resistance in the body.
THCV has also been shown to help people suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease, tremors, motor control issues, and brain lesions. Although the research is still on-going, all these conditions seem to be improved with THCV.
THCV is also proving to be beneficial for people with osteoporosis and other bone disorders by actually helping to stimulate bone growth. More research is still needed, but, early results are very promising.