Delta 9 THC, also known as Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, is a psychoactive compound found in cannabis plants. It is the main active ingredient in marijuana and is responsible for the euphoric high that users experience. Delta 9 THC has been studied for its potential therapeutic benefits, such as pain relief, muscle spasticity, decreased appetite, nausea and glaucoma. It can also cause unpleasant reactions such as disconnected thoughts, panic reactions, disturbing changes in perception, delusions and hallucinatory experiences.
The effects of Delta 9 THC are caused by its interaction with the body's endocannabinoid system. When Delta 9 THC molecules bind to a CB1 receptor in the endocannabinoid system, they enter the bloodstream and affect other systems and organs in the body, including the brain. This can cause a euphoric high that occupies the mind and body, altering perception and helping to sedate or relax you. Delta 9 THC can be consumed in various forms, such as edibles, oils, tinctures and topicals.
It is important to understand that Delta 9 THC is psychoactive regardless of its origin due to the nature of the THC compound itself. To minimize “high effects” it is recommended to start with a small dose and increase gradually until you can determine your sensitivity to Delta 9 THC. It is also important to note that Delta 9 THC is federally regulated and some states have legal stipulations that are a little different. Therefore, it is important to consult your doctor before taking any psychoactive substance, including Delta 9 THC in any of its forms.