Introduction to Cannabinoids — THC

Have you ever taken the time to find out how cannabis actually works? At Bud and Bloom, we want to provide our customer with the highest quality cannabis products on the market— but we also want you to be informed about what goes into your body.

Not only will this help you consume cannabis safely and responsibly, but it will also help you enhance your experience by selecting the best possible products for your unique needs and goals.

In this week’s post in our series on cannabinoids, the chemicals that give cannabis many of its benefits, we’ll be talking about the most famous cannabinoid of all— THC.

What is THC?

In our last post, we talked about cannabinoids and how they interact with the natural processes of our body to produce positive effects. If you want to learn more about this process, you can refer to last week’s post.

Each cannabinoid has its own set of properties, and the most famous property of THC is that it causes chemical release that results in a euphoric ‘high’ feeling. The reason that not all cannabis strains cause a high is that they don’t all contain THC in significant enough amounts. In fact, many popular strains don’t contain THC at all— we’ll talk about those in later posts.

That said, THC is one of the most popular cannabinoids and can be found in hundreds of cannabis strains and products at Bud and Bloom.

Why does THC get you high?

So, how exactly does THC make you high?

THC is actually very similar to endocannabinoids that interact with your body. When THC enters your bloodstream, it’s ‘recognized’ by receptors that then bind with it. Once these connections occur, it triggers the release of a chemical known as dopamine. Your body naturally produces dopamine, and releases it throughout the day to trigger feelings of happiness, peace, and euphoria.

When THC triggers this release, it can increase that feeling of euphoria to the next level— this is what we call getting ‘high.’

What other benefits come from THC?

Did you know that getting high is far from the only benefit of THC? In fact, there are plenty of other benefits— and science is discovering new ones every day. Here are some of the most promising benefits being tested and proven by researchers around the world.

Nausea

THC has been used in certain regulated forms for treating nausea for decades, particularly in cancer patients. Now that cannabis is more accepted and legal in more areas, people are discovering THC’s anti-nausea effects can help them.

 

Poor Sleep

Have trouble sleeping? THC has been shown to be an effective way to help fall asleep more quickly, and breathe better when sleep is interrupted.

 

Depression

There is promising early research to suggest that THC can be an effective treatment for depression in some patients.

 

Loss of Appetite

A range of conditions can lead to a dangerous loss of appetite, and THC has been shown to be effective in helping restore appetite in many cases.

 

Inflammation

Chronic inflammation can not only cause pain and discomfort but also a range of risks for more serious diseases. THC can decrease production of some of the chemicals that lead to inflammation.

 

This is by no means an exhaustive list, and new benefits and uses for CBD are being discovered every day.

What products contain THC?

Many of the products on Bud and Bloom’s shelves contain THC in at least some percentage. You can easily identify how much THC a product contains relative to other cannabinoids by checking out the product description on the packaging or its listing on our online menu.


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 Forbidden Flowers

Founded by actress and cannabis activist Bella Thorne, Forbidden Flowers feature carefully curated products with impressive potency and flavor.

F/eld Extracts

F/ELD creates the highest quality vaporizer cartridges in cannabis, and their products feature a range of flavors and THC concentrations for all tastes.

Glass House Farms Pre Rolls

Combining quality and convenience, these pre-rolls from Glass House Farms are the quickest way to experience a quality THC high.

Want to learn more? Talk to one of our Bud and Bloom experts or browse our menu online for THC-based products.

Next week, we’ll be discussing the other most popular cannabinoid—CBD.

Until next time! —Your Bud and Bloom team.