The best-known molecule of the cannabis plant, THC is of real interest to researchers, particularly for its analgesic action. In the rest of this article, we present to you absolutely everything you need to know about this molecule, from its effects to the latest studies in progress, including the evolution of mentalities and legislation on the issue!
All about THC
THC (or Δ-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) is, like many others, a molecule derived from the cannabis plant. It is the best-known cannabinoid, in particular for the psychotropic effects that result from its consumption. It is said to be the main active compound of the plant. A molecule discovered in 1964 by the Israeli researcher Raphaël Mechoulam.
THC has been banned in France since 1970. That year, a text passed, prohibiting and penalizing the illicit use of prohibited substances, classified as narcotics. In the case of buying, selling or consuming cannabis, then a person is exposed to penalties such as a fine and the risk of imprisonment.
But if THC is banned and its consumption sanctioned, what about CBD? Rest assured, CBD (cannabidiol) has nothing to do with THC. Its consumption is even authorized (provided that the products sold contain less than 0.2% THC). This is why many companies have positioned themselves on the market and offer CBD flowers, oils, liquids or resins for sale.
The effects of THC
THC is a cannabinoid a little different from the others, especially for its well-known effects. As previously explained, tetrahydrocannabinol is well known for the mind-altering effects it causes when consumed. We talk about “high”.
But THC is mainly studied for the possible benefits that it could suppose, in particular in patients suffering from serious diseases, such as cancer, Multiple Sclerosis or Parkinson’s. This is what we will focus on in the rest of this article.
Indeed, THC is a molecule known for its analgesic action. These are proven effects. Its consumption, therefore, relieves pain as well as inflammatory flare-ups (we speak of spasticity). Today, some drugs exist and contain THC, such as Sativex!
The action of THC is made possible in the body, thanks to the endocannabinoid system and receptors. Cannabinoids, no matter which ones, activate and regulate their functioning in order to reveal all of their properties. This is also why we study with some interest, medical cannabis (in the form of oil, for example).
Therapeutic use of THC
Of course, whether for THC, CBD and other cannabinoids, studies are not lacking and many are still in progress, in order to confirm or not, the first results observed. The question of THC and its consumption, in particular in a purely therapeutic context, is therefore brought to rest.
In France, a large study supposed to last between two and three years has recently been launched. This study aims to determine whether the consumption of THC could help patients with certain serious illnesses (and who, on top of that, are in the terminal stages), to better manage pain.
The risks of THC
What about the risks of THC? If the psychotropic effects of this plant have made it so popular, it is important to note that taking it causes side effects, such as:
- Nausea ;
- Red eyes;
- A feeling of fatigue, a desire to sleep;
- A craving feeling.
Similarly, THC plays on addiction, even in small doses. Although one cannot die from overconsumption of tetrahydrocannabinol, one can therefore become addicted to it. Ultimately, this has an impact on memory, brain capacity and even fertility.
Finally, it is important to remember that the consumption of THC-based products also has a direct impact on motor skills. For example, it is important not to take the car after consuming THC! All these reasons partly explain why THC is not allowed… At least, in some countries.
THC around the world
More and more, states are asking themselves the question of decriminalizing and legalizing the sale of cannabis, initially therapeutic. In the United States, Uruguay, Portugal or the Netherlands, the laws are quite light regarding cannabis. We can even say that it is authorized to sell and consume it.
In the rest of Europe, more and more countries also seem to be opening up. This is particularly the case in Germany, Spain and Luxembourg. France, on the other hand, appears to be a bad student. However, the repercussions can be quite significant, whether from a health or economic point of view.
Kanavape products, without THC
As you will have understood, in France, THC is only authorized in certain proportions (at rates below 0.2%). You will therefore find on our online store only products that comply with the legislation currently in force.
Whether its e-liquids, puffs and other refills for vapers and electronic cigarettes, all of the references that we make available are certified broad spectrum (broad spectrum of cannabinoids and therefore, without THC) or full spectrum (full cannabinoid spectrum, with less than 0.3% THC).
On request, we can provide you with certificates of analysis of the hemp used, certifying the legality of your purchases. Purchases are processed quickly. Within 48 to 72 hours, you will receive your order, directly at home. Got a question? Do not hesitate to contact us!