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What is THC?

THC - Tetrahydrocannabinol If you spend enough time learning about the medical benefits of cannabis, you'll notice that THC is mentioned a lot. But what is THC, and what does it do? THC is short for tetrahydrocannabinol, and it's a chemical compound found in cannabis plants (marijuana). When it's ingested or inhaled, THC binds to the cannabinoid receptors in your brain. Low doses of THC help reduce pain and nausea, and help stimulate the appetite. In some cases, it can also reduce aggression. Larger doses of THC result in the marijuana "high" - an altered perception of time and space that comes with feelings of happiness, fatigue, or both. In countries where marijuana is an illegal drug - even for medicinal purposes - many people use synthetic forms of THC that are produced in a laboratory. The prescription drug Marinol is one such lab-made version of THC, and its used to treat eating disorders, as well as reducing the side effects of cancer chemotherapy and mitigate the effects of AIDS. In addition, early research suggests that the use of Marinol or natural THC may help reduce the tics experienced by patients with Tourette Syndrome. While Marinol is widely available, with prescription, many people who have also used THC in a natural form find that the version actually derived from cannabis is more effective than the synthetic version. This is one of the reasons chronic patients are often willing to break U.S. law to obtain marijuana, if they don't live in one of the fifteen states (or Washington, D.C.) where medical marijuana is allowed. The stigma associated with drug use has, according to many doctors and physicians, caused a widespread prejudice against THC, despite the fact that many prescription drugs cause side effects that are far more devastating than anything marijuana might do. Even over-the-counter drugs, like acetaminophen (the analgesic found in Tylenol and Excedrin) can have harmful side effects - overuse can harm your liver. Moreover, the benefits of THC far outweigh any risk. Research done on mice has shown that THC can actually arrest and reduce the growth of tumors, and recent studies point to THC as a way to prevent, delay, or reduce the severity of Alzheimer's disease. Still other research indicates that THC is beneficial for people with Multiple Sclerosis, and that it may help control the symptoms of Parkinson's disease. To be fair, marijuana is an addictive drug, but it's never been considered highly addictive, and the studies which suggested that extended use could disrupt brain function have been called into question in recent years. Control group research comparing habitual marijuana users to those who have never used marijuana show almost no differences in their MRI scans, and many medical researchers continue to advocate prescription access to cannabis-derived THC.
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Guest | Dec 17, 2012
 
i am a guy who had sex with 5 girls at one time who are on weed
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Guest | Dec 17, 2012
 
i have a dic that is 11 inches long ladies and i am having sex right now
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Guest | Dec 17, 2012
 
ive had 4 asshole
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Guest | Nov 29, 2012
 
hello ladies
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Guest | Nov 7, 2012
 
Nice article I used to be chronic but it's finding the ballance and creating a whole (:
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Guest | Oct 17, 2012
 
Well the bible actually informs of the holistic-ness of the natural leaf: " In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations ".... King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)
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Guest | Oct 17, 2012
 
Well the bible actually informs of the holistic-ness of the natural leaf: " In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations ".... King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)
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Guest | Oct 17, 2012
 
Well the bible actually informs of the holistic-ness of the natural leaf: " In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations ".... King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)
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Guest | Oct 17, 2012
 
Well the bible actually informs of the holistic-ness of the natural leaf: " In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations ".... King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)
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Guest | Oct 17, 2012
 
Well the bible actually informs of the holistic-ness of the natural leaf: " In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations ".... King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)
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Guest | Aug 8, 2012
 
I have chronic spinal and neck pain. I tried mmj and got almost immediate relief. mmj is illegal in my country and my Dr will not prescribe THC.The John Radcliffe hospital in Oxford UK are currently doing positive studies on the use of THC. Please legalize THC for medicinal use in the UK and give us genuine sufferes pain relief. I tried Tramadol from my Dr and found I could not take the side effects.
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Guest | Jul 20, 2012
 
Can pot be safer to use than actual medical drugs?
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Guest | Jul 20, 2012
 
I wish i could smoke it more often because it helps me with my side effects of chemo but for some reason i've been having panic attacks or anxiety attacks while smoking why is.that??
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Guest | Jun 7, 2012
 
HERB IS THE HEALING OF A NATION <3
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Guest | May 24, 2012
 
thay just can't find way to tax i
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Guest | May 23, 2012
 
i got raped by a kid that was on weed
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Guest | Apr 30, 2012
 
lindzzz stfu your in every article
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Guest | Feb 23, 2012
 
I am learning so much!!!!!!!!!!!
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Guest | Jan 31, 2012
 
This stuff is stupid
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Guest | Nov 1, 2011
 
THC what is that stuff
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lindzzz | Sep 13, 2011
 
Also the reduction of cancerous tumors, including skin cancer cells, is one of the greatest discoveries about cannabis.
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lindzzz | Aug 25, 2011
 
I'd say a large amount definitely gives you fatigue. This is a pretty informative article.
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Guest | Aug 17, 2011
 
synthetic is never as good as natural full stop!!
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Guest | May 25, 2011
 
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| May 3, 2011
 
i have tried marinol plenty of times. The problem is i do not fee the same effects as i do when i medicate with mmj.
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smokestack | Apr 7, 2011
 
The DEA recently legalized THC made from natural sources (ie cannabis), but not actual cannabis. The Big Pharm companies realize that synthetic THC doesn't work as well so they will start to use natural THC to make Marinol and Sativex. This is just there way of capitalizing on patients with a need for ingesting THC. They know the natural stuff is better, but don't want the competition of homegrowers.
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Chief | Mar 25, 2011
 
i didn't even know that THC came in different forms. Well i suppose it makes sense since that is one of the things that makes it so beneficial. Just reading about how it increases appetite is making me hungry. Maybe THC alone won't cure the extreme ailments but perhaps in combination with other things it will be able to.
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charlie's angel | Mar 13, 2011
 
I hadn't known about the medicinal effects about aggression. Is that actually documented by research? I'm sure this would be a good way for people to learn more relaxed behaviors that could ultimately be practiced without the medicine as a crutch.
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Medicator | Mar 11, 2011
 
It's the same story over and over again. The drug companies want to make their own version of a natural product so they can make millions of dollars. As the older generation dies out the younger generation has a chance to make new policies that reflect their beliefs and not their grandparents. Hopefully we can band together as a group of people who prefer and enjoy using medicinal marijuana and other natural plant based herbal remedies. We can be done with addicting, dangerous, horribly disabling prescription drugs. We can take control if we all have the same mind set. Start boycotting the synthetic drugs and there will not be any market or profit, thereby reducing the need.
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Ha-Y-N Boi In CO | Mar 4, 2011
 
What Is THC? its the ONLY thing that helps me sleep cause of the war, it keeps my pain down without being addictive, and its also VERY mentally and spiritually beneficial to grow the plant itself! i also agree with nix, if they spent half the money they spend on makin it illegal, ACTUALLY on research, they would see that its a GREAT medicine!
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nix | Feb 23, 2011
 
It would be smart if the pharmaceutical companies spending millions upon billions of dollars to lobby against the legalization of cannabis would instead spend that money to further research the many benefits of marijuana.
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Nate420 | Feb 12, 2011
 
This is only the tip of the iceberg. Medical research has been suppressed for so long but we have learned that THC and other cannabanoids have additional beneficial effects. These include anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, changes in bone morrow red and white cell production and pain relief. Cannabanoids may become crucial in the search for effective anti-bacterials in the age of multiple drug resistant bacterias.