What Is THC?

THC stands for tetrahydrocannabinol — it’s the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana that makes users feel high.

There are two types of THC — delta 8 THC and delta 9 THC.

Hemp plants produce very little THC, which is why they’re non-psychoactive. However, trace amounts of this cannabinoid are still produced in the plant, contributing to the overall effect profile.

THC is an impressive molecule on its own, offering much more than just psychoactive effects. To date, there have been hundreds of clinical trials exploring the effects of this molecule, along with thousands of animal and in vitro studies seeking to understand its effects.

Unlike the other cannabinoids we’ve discussed, THC is banned throughout most of the world or available by prescription only.

The benefits of THC include:

  • Appetite stimulant
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Sedative (in low doses)
  • Stimulant (in high doses)