What Is THC? Tetrahydrocannabinol - How Is THC Created?

What Is THC? Tetrahydrocannabinol

Cannabis plant contains approximately 421 chemical compounds. Sixty one of these are distinctive to the cannabis plant.THC is an abbreviated form of tetrahydrocannabinol which is the primary component of marijuana plant. Chemically it is delta 9 Tetrahydrocannabinol. The psychoactivity of cannabis has been attributed largely to the effects of this chemical substance. This is produced in the epidermal glands on the leaves of marijuana plant (especially on the upper surface), stems and the bracts which provide support to the marijuana plant. Even though the flower of marijuana has no gland, it has the largest content of TCH because of the accretion of resin secreted by the supporting leaf like part below flower.

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How Is THC Created?

 

How is THC created?

 


The chemical compound in cannabis plant can be found all over the plant for instance in the leaves and stems. However the largest concentration of THC and other cannabinoids are found in buds and flowers of the female marijuana plants. The time of yield determines the quantity of THC in the buds. Female plants which are kept aloof from the male plants do not pollinate and produce seeds. Alternatively, these keep producing flowers which contain a strong resin- an indication of plant that it wants to pollinate. The buds which contain resins are the strongest form of cannabis called sinsemilla which is the Spanish term for ‘without seeds’. Another product of cannabis is ‘Hashish’ which consists of dried resin from the buds of the flowers of marijuana and has very high concentration of THC. This is collected by hand from the plant and rolled into sticky balls.


How is THC taken?

 

When THC is smoked in hand rolled cigarettes or ‘Joints’, it is absorbed into the bloodstream via lungs. The user experiences the peak effects in about 15 minutes, with the effects lasting for 2-4 hours. THC is also smoked through water pipes known as bongs where the user very quickly experiences the effects. The water in the pipe cools the smoke making it less harsh on the throat of the user. The effect of taking marijuana in this way has more effects than taking through joint. Most of the users eat THC, which enters the bloodstream through stomach walls and intestines, taking one to two hours to absorb. This is considerably the safest method of using marijuana; however care must be taken regarding the dose. Other methods of taking THC are vaporisers where a heated element is used to extract THC from marijuana as vapors.

 

Can THC marijuana be used for curing diseases?

 

Studies have been going on to prove the usefulness of marijuana for curative purposes. Canada has a policy which allows seriously ill people to take marijuana as a therapeutic product. A person may use dried cannabis to lessen the symptoms such as nausea during cancer treatments. It is also allowed to use marijuana to relieve the patient from pain and muscle cramps in spinal cord injury and multiple sclerosis. It is also used to counter sever pain, weight loss and anorexia in patients suffering from cancer and AIDS. Under the Marihuana Medical Access regulation which is abbreviated as (MMAR), a person can be authorised to possess a given amount of cannabis and can be licensed to grow indoors. MMAR requires a person to have a consultation with a medical practitioner when using this authorization for curative purposes.