Surprising Facts About THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) – What Is It and Where Is It Used For?


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Surprising Facts About THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) – What Is It and Where Is It Used For?

THC is the acronym for tetrahydrocannabinol, the main cannabinoid in cannabis that gives users the sensation of being “high.”

The history of THC dates back to 2727 BC, when records indicate that it was used by the Chinese Emperor Shen Nung.


THC throughout history was used for various purposes by the ancient Romans and Greeks, and in the Middle East and throughout the Arabic lands down to North Africa.

THC was not necessarily used for getting high, but instead was used as hemp to make clothing, ropes, and paper.

In addition to commercial uses, THC is also used for medical purposes.

Medical THC extracts allow for the THC component to be derived from the cannabis plant, after which it can be made into pills, capsules, tinctures, and oil.

The molecular structure of THC and its compatibility with the human physiology makes it well-suited for a variety of medicinal purposes.

THC Molecule

The THC molecule is perfectly designed to bind to cannabinoid receptors already extant in the human brain.

The areas of the brain that contain cannabinoid receptors are associated with memory, coordination, pleasure, and perceptions of time.

THC Chemical Structure

The chemical THC structure is C21H30O2 and its chemical name is (–)-trans-Δ⁹-tetrahydrocannabinol.

In its naturally occurring form, the THC cannabinoid is actually THCA, which stands for tetrahydrocannabinol acid.

Decarboxylation, or the removal of a carboxyl group, facilitates the change of THCA to THC. THC is the compound that allows users to get high.

So when comparing THC vs THCA, it’s THC levels that you want to look for when pursuing a high.

Pure THC

Currently, there is no form of 100 percent pure THC, but there’s something close – THC-A Crystalline.

While the majority of cannabis concentrates are anywhere from 50 to 80 percent THC, THC-A Crystalline is 99.9 percent pure THC extract.

The highest strain in THC is like an elusive dream that growers attempt to make a reality year after year.

Anything over 20 percent THC content is considered a high THC strain, and the top high THC strains have anywhere between 25 to 30 percent.

Current contenders for high THC strain include:

Bruce Banner

Girl Scout Cookies

Gorilla Glue

The White

White Fire OG

All of these strains can be found at Caregivers For LIfe Recreational & Medical Marijuana Center located at 310 Saint Paul St Denver, CO 80206

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