All things Cannabis industry: Why THC works best for some ailments
Hemp and marijuana both derive from the cannabis sativa plant. There are many different strains of both hemp and marijuana. There are strains of hemp which are grown specifically for industrial purposes, but also types of hemp cultivated for medicinal purposes.
Medical grades of both hemp and marijuana contain hundreds of substances including essential fatty acids, antioxidants, and a variety of cannabinoids. What sets marijuana apart from medicinal hemp is Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC. THC is the cannabinoid for which marijuana is most known. It is responsible for the stoned feeling or euphoric high. A cannabis plant defined as marijuana contains between .5 and 30% THC, while a hemp plant has less than .5% THC.
In many medicinal strains of marijuana plants, THC combines with other CBDs to alleviate ailments. Often the other CBDs help to balance what some may consider the adverse effects of the THC, such as the high feeling, impaired mobility, or slowed cognitive function.
Though both THC and CBD relieve pain and inflammation, there are conditions which respond uniquely well to THC. When ingested through smoking, eating, tincture or pill form, the THC attaches to the CB1 receptors in the brain. Depending on the ailment, the THC travels to the part of the brain which administers the relief. Some examples of brain function heightened by THC include:
• Hypothalamus increases the appetite
• Amygdala reduces stress and anxiety
• Spinal cord controls pain
• Brainstem supports nausea relief
The way in which THC reacts with the chemicals in different parts of the brain make it useful in alleviating the symptoms of conditions such as the following:
• Nausea as a result from chemotherapy
• Epileptic seizures
• Autoimmune diseases such as Lupus and Fibromyalgia
• Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome
Currently, marijuana is not legal at the federal level. Recreational marijuana is legal in seven states: Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington. It is also legal in Washington D.C. Medical marijuana, however, is legal in 29 States. Check with your States medical community about the laws and provisions for obtaining and growing medical marijuana. For more information on the medical attributes of THC contact us.