What is THC?
THC or tetrahydrocannabinol (scientific name) is the one of 113 plus cannabinoids that are part of the cannabis plant. It is also the cannabinoid that is psychoactive - so it's the special ingredient in the marijuana plant that gets you high! In fact, it is so pleasurable that it has been used recreationally since 430 BC – and not a single death due to “overdosing”. That is over 2400 years without issue! Know any other substance that can say that?!
How does THC work?
Science was never my favorite subject, so I am going to do my best here…
"Neurotransmitters are endogenous chemicals that enable neurotransmission in the brain". In everyday, non-scientific speak...there are natural occurring chemicals in the brain that make all the parts talk to each other. If you are the server, it's the wifi that let you connect to other computers.
One of those chemicals (neurotransmitters) is called Anandamide (known as the bliss or euphoria molecule). It is major player in controlling the parts of brain that are connected to memory, coordination, thinking, pleasure, pain and time perception. Here is the cool part….like THC, Anandamide is a cannabinoid. One that is so similar to THC, that when THC enters the body, your brain thinks it’s Anandamide and gives you the effects of feeling high.
Super condensed version…THC fakes your brain into thinking it's releasing chemicals that make you feel awesome!
Like its sister CDB, THC has its own set of benefits besides the enjoyable relaxed feeling you get when you smoke it. Compliments of the lies propagated by Reefer Madness and the War on Drugs - the common belief is that cannabis kills brain cells. However, it is just the opposite…which is fabulous! While most drugs are neurotoxic, THC is considered to be neuroprotectant. Which translates to - it actually protects brain cells from damage! Whoa! In fact THC is so effective in treating seizures that the FDA approved Epidiolex which is derived from THC.
What is the best way to enjoy THC you may ask? It depends on what you are looking for, but if you are looking to get high or stop a muscle spasm as quickly as possible...
smoking is the way to go.
THC absorption through the lungs results in peak effects in approximately 12 mins. In my experience, you start to feel much better almost immediately and it expands and sets in as the other 11+ minutes go by. ;)
Depending on previous exposure levels you should feel the effects for about 2 hours.
Oral ingestion through edibles or tinctures (added to food)
will also get you just as high...it just takes a little longer. When the effects are felt depends on the users metabolism (since THC is fat soluble)...most people will start feeling better within an hour to an hour and half – lasting 4 to 6 hours. Edibles usually give a heightened body high over mental, but don't let them you fool you. You could get very fucked up. Due to its delayed onset, users frequently get impatient and consume more. Don't be that person!
P.S...if you become that person. Consume CBD. It will counteract the effects of THC. But don't be that person...just take your time and see where you tolerance levels are. You can always have more - there is no rush.
Topicals are also another popular option.
Lotions, oils, balms, salves, sprays and bath products are infused with THC and can enter the bloodstream transdermally. Since the THC enters through the skin, the high will not be as intense as if you smoked or ate edibles. While the high may be light or unnoticeable, the THC is doing its magic on the outside - reducing skin inflammation, soothing muscles and relaxing your day away.
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