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What is Tetrahydrocannabinol THC?

When most people think of tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, they think of the intoxicating effects of cannabis, but there is so much more to it. In this guide, we explain:

  • What is THC?
  • How does it work and what are the effects of THC?
  • What is the difference between THC and CBD?
  • Where can you find THC?

What is THC?

Tetrahydrocannabinol, sometimes also referred to as THC or Delta-9-THC, is one of the many cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant, and it is usually also attributed the intoxicating effect that one feels when consuming cannabis. Without question, it is one of the cannabinoids that contribute to the entourage effect - the belief that all cannabinoids in cannabis work together to produce the effect.

How does it work and what are the effects of THC?

Our body has an endocannabinoid system (ECS). This system contains a series of cannabinoid receptors as well as lipids and enzymes that help the body maintain balance. These receptors are called CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors are mainly located in the central nervous system and they respond when THC binds to them by producing the psychoactive effects that cannabis consumers experience.

The effect of THC depends on a variety of factors, but most importantly on the consumer himself. Everyone experiences the effects of THC differently. This is especially true when consuming cannabis flowers that contain terpenes and other cannabinoids. While certain strains of cannabis can be associated with specific effects, the effects of THC always depend on how the body reacts to a cannabis product that contains THC. Overall, cannabis products can alter senses, change mood, and impair memory and body movement.

What is the difference between THC and CBD?

Curious about CBD? Check out our guide "What is CBD?"

Where can you find THC?

In U.S. states with recreational or medical cannabis programs, THC is included in a variety of cannabis products that are available in licensed dispensaries. These products include premium flowers, concentrates, popcorn, edibles, shakes and more. However, the above mentioned THC-containing products are not allowed in most European countries and therefore not available.