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What’s THC? A newbie's information to marijuana & # 39; s psychoactive cannabinoid

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There are three certainties we accept in life: death, taxes, and that THC will get you high. If you know anything about THC, tetrahydrocannabinol, it is likely the cannabinoid that is responsible for the psychoactive effects of marijuana. This is very true, but both newcomers and seasoned consumers still have a lot to learn about this cannabis compound.

There are tiny receptors all over the body that respond specifically to cannabis. This is the so-called endocannabinoid system (ECS). These receptors allow THC to bind to your body and affect various functioning systems. Similar to neurotransmitters in your brain, endocannabinoids affect how a person feels, responds, and moves. They do not dictate different processes in your body, but they act as a kind of control center. Imagine them like a light dimmer in your house: you don't switch the switch on or off, but the possible amount of light.

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When done properly, the ECS strives to maintain homeostasis throughout the body. It facilitates communication between cells and nerves and also serves as a bridge between body and mind. Humans do not naturally produce phytocannabinoids or cannabinoids that are produced by plants. This is why cannabis use can have such a dramatic impact on your thinking or feeling.

When you take THC, it instructs the brain to release dopamine. This creates the euphoric rush that is often associated with cannabis. Some positive effects that THC causes are relaxation, calming, hunger, sleepiness, pain relief and high spirits.

There may also be negative effects. Too much THC can lead to anxiety, paranoia, memory problems, absent-mindedness and much more. It is often recommended that new marijuana users find balanced cannabis products that contain CBD to avoid these side effects. CBD can counteract the sensations caused by THC and actually bring more therapeutic benefits.

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Don't let the haughty hippie say otherwise: smoking marijuana poses risks. If you know what they are, you should be able to prepare for them. Too much smoking and steaming can disrupt your airways and in some cases lead to lung complications. Remarkable: A study from 2012 showed that smoking a joint a day for up to seven years had no effect on the disadvantageous lung function. However, you can always use alternative consumption methods to avoid the possibility.

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You can also develop a tolerance to THC. This can cause you to smoke more, which causes all of the above lung problems. We recommend breaks and some other methods to maintain your tolerance.

Overdosing on marijuana is possible, but calm down knowing that lethal overdoses have never been found. Frequent overdoses are foods that people indulge in or assume cannabis doesn't work and therefore eat a different gummy bear. Don't worry, we have some tips so you don't become statistics.

As the National Cancer Institute notes, cannabis has been used as medicine for over 3,000 years. Before the marijuana ban, many Americans actually had cannabis tinctures as a home remedy for nausea and rheumatism.

Some known uses for THC today are:

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Beth Edmonds