What is THC?
THC is the most famous cannabinoid found in cannabis. It is a psychoactive compound and, first and foremost, best known for causing the high people get when using marijuana.
There are a lot of arguments surrounding the medical benefit of Tetrahydrocannabinol, because many health experts are saying the high is a big flaw. However, years of research have proven that it has a number of medical benefits. In addition, we have a list of perks of using tetrahydrocannabinol:
1. Pain Relief
The most common use of medicinal cannabis is to ease the pain. The most important compound in marijuana for this good, as it turns out, is THC.
Tetrahydrocannabinol is a compound that activates the CB-1 receptors in our body, found in the brain and the nerve endings. That creates pathways that block the pain impulses from being sent to the brain.
2. Helps patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Disturbance, nightmares and flashbacks are the symptoms of PTSD that can be eased with oral doses of THC.
Temporary impairments of memory may be seen as the greatest drawback to which THC is related to, but is of great help to patients who suffer from PTSD. Impaired memory has also proven therapeutic for people who struggle to forget unpleasant memories.
3. Nausea and vomiting
Synthetic Tetrahydrocannabinol in pills to treat nausea and vomiting in cancer patients has been available since the 1980s.
The first THC-based drug, approved by the FDA, is called Marinol (a pill containing synthetic THC). Since Marinol, a lot of THC-based drugs have been fabricated and recommended to patients, especially ones undergoing chemotherapy.
4. Appetite stimulus
Not only does THC ease nausea and vomiting, it also works as appetite stimulus, and sometimes even weight gain. This works for healthy as well as ailing individuals. Marinol also is recommended as an appetite booster for patients with cancer wasting syndrome.
Studies from the past have proven that Tetrahydrocannabinol helps the breathing in patients suffering asthma. This may not seem like a benefit that comes to mind from medical marijuana but it is supported by a research from the 1970s.
After this discovery, scientists even tried to make and inhaler that delivers THC, but unfortunately failed.
6. Treating Glaucoma
Tetrahydrocannabinol relieves eye pressure in patients suffering from glaucoma. That is yet another medical benefit and a fact. Many attempts have been made to administer THC in eye drops, but were all unsuccessful because THC cannot be dissolved in water.
Significant percentage of glaucoma patients rely on medicinal cannabis as treatment for glaucoma.