THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) – The Crescendo of Cannabis

In our previous blog post, we talked about the calming and soothing cannabinoid CBD.  Today we delve into what is easily the most popular and the most famous cannabinoid arising out of the plant – THC.

THC is the primary psychoactive component to cannabis – meaning it is responsible for giving feelings of euphoria & pleasure.  When THC enters the blood stream and reaches the brain, it binds to cannabinoid receptors in the body’s endocannabinoid system.  This effect produces the “high” sensation that most people feel.  Keep in mind that these effects will vary from person to person.

How it affects you will often depend on the potency of the cannabis product being used.  When ingested, THC can produce stronger effects than when inhaled.  So then how does one know how to judge what potency they should try first?  Let’s consider values like this:

  • 0-2% THC will have little or no noticeable effects which THC is famous for.  You will often find values like this for many CBD strains
  • 2-7% THC will be very mild
  • 7-12% will be mild
  • 8-17% will be moderate
  • 17-20% will be strong
  • Over 20% will be very strong and should only be considered if you are comfortable and have experience with that much THC

Remember to choose a potency that aligns best with your intended needs and effects.  A lower potency strain may have a stronger effect if used in edibles as mentioned above.  And of course, THC levels will vary even among the same strain.  Always check the label of the strain you are consuming to be sure it is right for you.  And as always, start on the lower side if you are new to cannabis.

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