The Truth About THC, The Drug that Causes Marijuana Highs

THC is a drug found in marijuana. It’s what causes the high feeling when you smoke weed or eat it. If you’re thinking about smoking pot, it’s important to know the truth about this drug before making your decision.

Of the more than 500 chemicals in marijuana, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, known as THC, is responsible for many of the drug’s psychotropic (mind-altering) effects. It’s this chemical that distorts how the mind perceives the world. In other words, it’s what makes a person high.

Strength and Potency

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The amount of THC in marijuana has increased over the past few decades. In the early 1990s, the average THC content in marijuana was less than 4 percent.  Currently, the THC content in marijuana is about 15 percent.

This increase has led to an increased risk of adverse reactions including panic attacks and anxiety, even among people who have used it before without experiencing any problems.

Marijuana With Stronger Potency Comes at a Cost

Recent research suggests that for some people using cannabis with stronger potency may lead to more severe withdrawal symptoms when they stop. This can make quitting harder than expected; however, treatment centers like those offered by Sovereign Health are equipped to help patients safely withdraw from drugs such as marijuana through individualized detox programs specific to their needs.

The Truth About Marijuana Highs: What You Need To Know Before Smoking Weed or Eating It

Marijuana Extracts

Smoking extracts and resins from the marijuana plant with high levels of THC is on the rise.  Extracts are often made through a process called “dabbing,” which can refer to either the act of smoking marijuana extracts or using other tools, such as an electronic vaporizer.

Marijuana Extracts: What You Should Know About Dabbing Cannabis Concentrates

CBD Oil Benefits for Mind and Body

Research has shown that CBD oil (cannabidiol) may be helpful in reducing seizures, anxiety, asthma attacks, inflammation and more. It’s important to note that there is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to cannabis treatments; rather than getting frustrated with lacklustre results from your last experience with weed or oils derived from hemp plants try Sovereign Health’s cannabis treatment options tailored specifically to you.

How do people use marijuana?

People smoke marijuana in hand-rolled cigarettes (joints) or in pipes or water pipes (bongs). 

Marijuana Extracts: What You Should Know About Dabbing Cannabis Concentrates

What is dabbing? Dabbing, also known as butane hash oil (BHO), refers to the act of heating a marijuana concentrate with a blowtorch until it becomes liquid and vaporizes almost instantly. The result is an intensely powerful high that lasts much longer than smoking or ingesting cannabis extract in other ways. This isn’t for amateurs!

CBD Oil Benefits for Mind and Body

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Research has shown that CBD oil may be helpful in reducing seizures, anxiety, asthma attacks, inflammation and more. It’s important to note that there is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to cannabis treatments.

How do people use marijuana?

People smoke marijuana in hand-rolled cigarettes (joints) or in pipes or water pipes (bongs). 

They can also use blunts, which are cigars that have been emptied of tobacco and refilled with marijuana.

Marijuana may be smeared onto a cigarette or joint (called “dutching”) or mixed in as an ingredient for cooking foods such as brownies (this is called cannabis cuisine). People sometimes mix it into cakes or cookies to make them more potent.

There’s even a new way to get high – by rubbing it on the skin! Cannabis-infused lotions, oils and balms are available at dispensaries across the United States. When people apply these products topically, they feel euphoric sensations but don’t experience any sort of high from inhaling smoke.

Long-Term Effects

Marijuana also affects brain development. marijuana is smoked, THC moves quickly from the lungs into the bloodstream and then passes through the blood-brain barrier. After that, it goes to work in about 20 minutes when all parts of your brain are on high alert for up to four hours. It slows down thinking processes, impairs coordination, and reduces sensitivity to pain.

It’s not just weed paraphernalia like pipes or bongs – marijuana also has a lasting effect on teeth! Marijuana smoke contains tar which can cause gum disease as well as yellowing of tooth enamel (known medically as tetracycline staining). Smoking may be less harmful than tobacco smoking since it does not contain nicotine but still leads to bad breath, stained fingers and a sweet flavor left behind by residue in mouth.

Mental Effects

Long-term marijuana use has been linked to mental illness in some people, such as:

  • temporary hallucinations
  • temporary paranoia
  • worsening symptoms in patients with schizophrenia—a severe mental disorder with symptoms such as hallucinations, paranoia, and disorganized thinking

Are there effects of inhaling secondhand marijuana smoke?

Failing a Drug Test?

While it’s possible to fail a drug test after inhaling secondhand marijuana smoke, it’s unlikely. Studies show that very little THC is released in the air when a person exhales. Research findings suggest that, unless people are in an enclosed room, breathing in lots of smoke for hours at close range, they aren’t likely to fail a drug test. Even if some THC was found in the blood, it wouldn’t be enough to fail a test.

Getting High from Passive Exposure?

Similarly, it’s unlikely that secondhand marijuana smoke would give nonsmoking people in a confined space a high from passive exposure. Studies have shown that people who don’t use marijuana report only mild effects of the drug from a nearby smoker, under extreme conditions (breathing in lots of marijuana smoke for hours in an enclosed room).

Other Health Effects?

More research is needed to know if secondhand marijuana smoke has similar health risks as secondhand tobacco smoke. A recent study on rats suggests that secondhand marijuana smoke can do as much damage to the heart and blood vessels as secondhand tobacco smoke. But researchers haven’t fully explored the effect of secondhand marijuana smoke on humans. What they do know is that the toxins and tar found in marijuana smoke could affect vulnerable people, such as children or people with asthma.

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