THC is the most common cannabinoid in most cannabis (with the exception of newer strains high in CBD) and is the chemical directly responsible for the euphoria or high related to cannabis. THC directly interacts with the CB1 receptor of the Endocannabinoid system, which happens to be most densely found in the brain, causing the high. THC closely resembles a natural chemical in the body, Anandamide, and works very similar, but in much larger quantities.
The positive effects of THC are as follows-
- Pain relief, particularly nerve pain, from diseases such as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Phantom Limb Pain, and nerve compression or damage, such as from car accidents, or herniated discs.
- Spasticity, especially Multiple Sclerosis (MS), for which Sativex was developed in the UK, unfortunately Sativex is priced out of reach of most.
- Nausea/Appetite. Commonly Associated with Cancer and HIV sufferers, its ability to combat nausea and enhance appetite also lends itself to less serious diseases, such as Hepatitis.
- Neuroprotectant, this property is borne out in lab dish studies and anecdotal evidence, in neurodegenerative conditions, such as MS, it has the potential to slow down the progression of diseases affecting the brain and nervous system.
- Cancer, THC has antiproliferative properties that can slow down, or even eliminate, the spread of cancer. This property has been borne out in several lab dish studies, and a few animal studies, and is now subject to a massive study in Israel, where 50 strains of cannabis, will be pitted against 200 tumour cell lines in the lab to confirm how repeatable the effects are.