How Marijuana’s THC Works
If people won’t mind using a longer term for marijuana, it may as well be called delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). This ingredient is what is said to be responsible for triggering hypersensitivity to visual-audio sensations, making for a “trippy” experience.
Although it can be made synthetically, THC is usually produced in nature where cannabinolic acid undergoes a chemical change as a result of exposure to heat. As a result, the marijuana plant obtains its primary means of defense against disease and other members of the higher food chain.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, as soon as THC enters the body, it looks for cannabinoid receptors. These types of receptors can be found in the brain area, namely the cerebellum and deep inside the cerebrum. The THC then either mimics or blocks these receptors, thereby impeding the neurons’ normal function.
The effects of the THC vary depending on the part of the brain it chooses to hit. If it goes after the cannabinoid receptors in the cerebellum, the person’s motor abilities will be greatly affected. If the THC hits the hippocampus, which is responsible for memory storage, the person may find it difficult to recall certain events.
As of late, marijuana has become more popular, not necessarily because of its recreational value, but because of its potential for medicinal use. More and more studies are being carried out to look deeper into the characteristics of THC, and how it can best be utilized for medical purposes.