Tetrahydrocannabinol: The Recreational Cannabinoid
Whenever you hear about Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), it’s often in a bad context. Yes, THC is the cannabinoid that makes you “high,” but is it really all that bad? Perhaps THC is just misunderstood, like Han Solo.
According to the law, THC is definitely a “bad boy,” but there’s a great deal of evidence that suggests this cannabinoid could help when used in the proper proportions. For instance, it’s well known that THC has a powerful analgesic effect, which could seriously help many people suffering from pain conditions.
Recent research has also shown that THC could reduce eye pressure in glaucoma patients and help chemo patients with poor appetite (think of the “munchies”). Interestingly, CBD oil was found to have the exact opposite effect on glaucoma patients, which proves that different cannabinoids need to be used for different conditions.
Since THC is so highly regulated, it’s difficult for doctors to understand the benefits and drawbacks of using this cannabinoid. However, as medical marijuana becomes more commonplace, scientists won’t be able to ignore this abundant compound in their lab work.