THC: An Introduction
Cannabis, and specifically THC, has been used for thousands of years, even dating back to 7,000 B.C.E. in north Asia. The psychoactive effects of the cannabinoid THC has also been documented as being used for nearly as long. THC has the potential for a myriad of medical applications. One of the most famous side effects of cannabis is the ‘munchies’; while this side effect has been cemented in cannabis pop culture it has the ability to help patients who experience nausea, loss of appetite, vomiting, and weight lose due to a medical conditions like cancer and HIV/AIDS. THC is also an invaluable cannabinoid for reducing chronic pain and inflammation.
The most common uses of THC medically include using it to aid sleep, relieve ocular pressure in glaucoma patients, relieve chronic and acute pain, reducing muscle spasms, and stimulating appetite. While the aforementioned list is short cannabis and THC in particular can be used in combination with a myriad of treatments to achieve the most desirable health outcome without sacrificing quality of life.
The Science Behind THC
THC and other cannabinoids interact with the endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system operates with endogenous cannabinoids consistently! Introducing additional cannabinoids from cannabis can help direct how your endocannabinoid system functions. THC and CBD are only two of the many cannabinoids that can be introduced to the body for health benefits; the cannabis plant contains hundreds of cannabinoids that can be utilized for a specific patients needs.
Studies and Research on THC have Shown the Ability to Assist with:
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)
Additional Resources and Reading
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