If you’re familiar with cannabis, you’ve probably heard of THC. THC is the main psychoactive compound found in the Cannabis Sativa plant, responsible for the “high” or euphoric feeling that comes with smoking or consuming the plant. In this blog post, we’ll dive into the specifics of what THC is, how it works, and its legal status in the UK.
What is THC?
THC is a cannabinoid, a type of chemical compound found in the cannabis plant. It’s one of the 113 cannabinoids that have been identified in cannabis, and it’s the most well-known and widely studied. THC is produced by the plant as a defense mechanism against herbivores, as it can impair their ability to function and make them less likely to eat the plant.
How does THC work?
When THC is consumed, it enters the bloodstream and travels to the brain, where it binds to cannabinoid receptors in the central nervous system. This produces a range of effects, including altered perception, mood, and cognition. THC also activates the brain’s reward system, which is what produces the feeling of euphoria or “high.”
What are the effects of THC?
The effects of THC can vary depending on the dose and method of consumption. Smoking or vaporizing cannabis can produce a quick onset of effects, which typically last for a few hours. Consuming cannabis edibles or oils can produce a slower onset of effects, which can last for several hours or more. The effects of THC can include:
- Euphoria or a feeling of being “high”
- Altered perception of time and space
- Increased appetite
- Dry mouth
- Bloodshot eyes
- Impaired memory and cognition
- Paranoia or anxiety (in some cases)
Is THC legal in the UK?
THC is currently illegal in the UK, and possession or distribution can result in criminal charges. However, CBD products are legal in the UK, as long as they contain less than 0.2% THC. This means that CBD products can have trace amounts of THC, but not enough to produce psychoactive effects.