The THC Affect
Let’s talk a little bit about what THC is and what role it may play in alleviating your ailments or elevating your buzz. Delta 9 Tetra-Hydra-Cannabinol is only one of more than 17 active cannabinoids found in cannabis bud. THC is the cannabinoid primarily responsible for producing a speedy uplifting euphoria. This high can also be associated with paranoia and anxiety.
When I was prescribed mega doses of Marinol, synthetic THC, I used to say the effect was like a bottle rocket, super high, super-fast, then fizzle to nothing. THC gives you nothing of the “stoned” effect that stoners have long associated with the weed high. The relaxing or even stupefying effect from weed is more likely resultant from the combination of various other cannabinoids like CBD, CBN, CBG, and even the newly discovered THCP, said to be at least 9 times more potent than THC.
Simply put, the desired and/or beneficial effects we seek from ingesting cannabis are actually the result of the interaction between and relative ratios in the combination of not only various cannabinoids but also highly complex terpene profiles that all contribute to high. That’s why you can smoke two strains with the exact same “big THC number” but with completely different effect. This is also why you can get a heck of a lot more stoned and chill on strains with THC percentages less than 20. Mostly, big THC is found in sativa strains. Sativa is known for it’s zippy effect, good if you need to concentrate for a daytime buzz. Indica strains, the ones we like to chill with in the evening and before bed, typically have less THC percent. Smaller THC percent seems to leave more room for Indica strains to be predominated by a wider variety of other active cannabinoids. Cannabinoids other than THC are more associated with pain relief and the chill relaxing effect in your high.