THC or Tetra HydroCannabidol is the ‘psycho-active’ component of Cannabis which provides the ‘high.’
Low THC Cannabis has less than 0.8%
Low-THC cannabis contains a maximum of 0.8% percent THC. THC or Tetra Hydro is the psycho-active component of cannabis which provides the ‘high’ effect. Low THC cannabis then provides many of the medical benefits associated with cannabis without getting users ‘high.’FACT: THC or Tetra Hydro Cannabidol is the psycho-active component of cannabis, which provides the ‘high’ effect. In order to be considered a low-THC cannabis, the seeds, flowers, resin and any other products coming from the cannabis plant must have a maximum of 0.8 percent THC and at least 10 percent cannabidiol (CBD) by weight.The THC level in marijuana can vary, depending on the variety or strain, the part of the plant used, the way the plant is grown and is even affected by the way the product is stored and processed for use.
Conversely, high THC cannabis is generally found in Indica cannabis and low amounts (almost zero) in cannabis ruderalis. Industrial hemp, a variety of the cannabis sativa plant that is grown primarily for industrial uses has a THC content of 0.3% or less.
MONEY: Economics is driving the discussion of low THC cannabis for a number of reasons. Patients, for example, want the low THC version of the drug they’re prescribed to be tax-free.
In order to be considered a low-THC cannabis, the seeds, flowers, resin and other product coming from the cannabis plant must have a maximum of 0.8 percent THC and at least 10 percent cannabidiol (CBD) weight for weight.
Getting the Medical Benefits of Cannabis – Without The High
From a medical perspective, the drug is often prescribed by authorized neurologists. A typical patient may have been diagnosed with intractable or drug-resistant epilepsy.
To avoid some of the problems associated with legalizing cannabis, for example, addiction some law makers have specified low THC cannabis when they have legalized medical marijuana, in an effort to ensure that people are using it for the right reasons. Many of the U.S. states that have legalized medicinal cannabis allow only minimal tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content. The same is often true overseas. For example, to meet the grade, legal cannabis produced in Switzerland should have no more than 1% THC content.
Economics is driving the discussion of low THC cannabis for a number of reasons. Patients, for example, want the low THC version of the drug they’re prescribed to be tax-free. Effectively, they want to separate the legitimate prescription of a drug which will help a patient suffering from the tax burden which is usually applied to acts which have a social cost like smoking cigarettes or drinking beer.
Legalizingonly low-THC cannabis allows people to benefit from its therapeutic properties but without suffering from addiction and other bad side effects associated with the plant.
The Dangers of THC
While the psychoactive cannabinoid THC gives the user a sense of euphoria, it also causes the following common side-effects: impaired motor skills, anxiety, panic attacks, reduced memory function, higher heart rate, dry mouth, dizziness, red/bloodshot eyes and sedation.
THC overdose, rare, though possible,can cause agitation, psychosis, paranoia, hallucinations and delusions. THC can also cause lower IQ to young users.
The Therapeutic benefits of THC
The psychoactive nature of THC means that there will always be questions about the motivation of users. THC does have many legitimate therapeutic properties. Here are some examples:
- Analgesic or Pain reliever
Several studies show that marijuana strains with relatively high levels of THC can experience relievfneuropathicpain. Neuropathic pain is a diﬃcult-to-treat pain caused by nerve damage or disease. It is usually encountered by amputees, multiple sclerosis and AIDS patients.
- Anti-emetic or Vomiting and Nausea reliever
Researchers found that THC in marijuana is an effective anti-emetic for patients under cancer chemotherapy or AIDS treatment. (It reduced the nausea they felt.)
- Alleviates spasticity, a multiple sclerosis symptom
Marijuana with THC can alleviate spasticity- the contraction that causes muscle tightness or stiffness. Spasticity can interfere with speech and movement.
- Stimulates appetite
Increased appetite (‘the Munchies’) is an experience common to many who have engaged with cannabis recreationally. The same effect can be helpful to those with eating disorders or poor appetite.
- Induces deep sleepTHC is the reason for the sleep-inducing propertiesof medical cannabis. The ability to induce sleep has clear benefits, not least, to people with insomnia.
- Helps Treat Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
PTSD is a mental disorder experienced by a person who witnessed a terrifying event. It can result in recurring nightmares and generate severe anxiety about memories of the incident. THC interferes with the activities in the hippocampus (site in the brain associated with long-term memories) which helps to decrease the frequency of flashbacks in PTSD sufferers.
Cannabis plants use THC as its protection from pathogens. THC can do the same for animals and humans. It has successfully killed Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) which is Methicillin-resistant.
- BronchodilatorTHC may help open airways in the lungs of people with asthma.
- Anticonvulsant helps prevent seizure
Like cannabidiol (CBD), THC has anticonvulsant properties too, that could benefit epileptic patients.
- Anti-cancer properties
According to pre-clinical research, THC causes cancer cells apoptosis or suicide without any harm to normal and healthy cells.
- Reduces neurotoxins in a diseased brain
Research related to Alzheimer’s disease has found that THC reduces inflammation and effectively removes amyloid beta proteins from diseased brain cells.Amyloid beta, a neurotoxin, builds up into “amyloid plaque” that disrupts communication between neurons in the brain.
The prejudice against those who would take high THC content cannabis for it’s medical benefits undoubtedly prevents some patients with innocent intentions getting the cannabis product they need. Unfortunately, the medical restrictions present in many US states deprives people who can beneﬁt from higher- levels-THC from having access to it.