THC ( T etra H ydro C annabinol) is one of the many cannabinoids ( CBN , CBC , CBG , …) present in the Cannabis plant. THC is the compound responsible for the intoxicating and psychoactive effects that are normally associated with marijuana use.
THC is generally present in higher concentrations in marijuana than in hemp, which is why marijuana tends to get you high, while hemp tends to be more relaxing without the psychoactive effects.
CBD and THC: what’s the difference?
You might be surprised by the similarity in structure of these two cannabinoids. Both CBD and THC have an almost identical arrangement of carbon and hydrogen atoms. However, it is this tiny change in the molecular makeup of THC that makes all the difference.
This tiny atom transforms THC from a non-psychoactive cannabinoid into a potent intoxicant.
The effects of THC
Many people cite euphoria as their favorite effect from THC. This is why people choose to smoke or vaporize marijuana recreationally. Euphoria can manifest as a heightened mood or an increased sense of happiness and well-being. Other effects of THC are as follows
- relaxation and drowsiness
- pain relief
- Increased appetite (feeling hungry)
- Reduced nausea
Is THC legal?
The legality of THC depends on where you live and where it comes from. In most countries , THC is illegal when it comes from marijuana plants, but legal when it comes from hemp plants, as long as it contains 0.3% or less .