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Delta 9 THC - IS THC. We Just Never Had To Call It That...


I very often get customers who are under the impression that Delta 9 THC is somehow "different" than THC - such as they would buy in the state of Colorado or on the black market. This is completely untrue. I think the proliferation of Delta 8 THC (a naturally derived by-product of Hemp) somehow confused the market into thinking that anything with the Title "Delta" is somehow "fake" or not real THC. Delta 9 THC is simply the accurate scientific descriptor of the THC molecule derived from cannabis.


Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (Delta-9 THC) is the primary psychoactive compound found in the cannabis plant. It is responsible for the majority of the intoxicating effects that people associate with cannabis use. Here’s a detailed look at Delta-9 THC and its effects:


Chemical Nature and Mechanism


Chemical Structure: Delta-9 THC has a chemical formula of C₂₁H₃₀O₂. It is one of many cannabinoids present in the cannabis plant.

Mechanism of Action: Delta-9 THC interacts with the endocannabinoid system in the human body. It primarily binds to cannabinoid receptors (CB1 receptors) in the brain, which leads to the psychoactive effects. The binding of Delta-9 THC to these receptors affects various neurotransmitter systems, influencing mood, memory, pain sensation, and appetite.


Effects of Delta-9 THC


Psychoactive Effects:

  1. Euphoria: A common effect, often described as a "high," characterized by feelings of happiness and relaxation.

  2. Altered Perception: Changes in perception of time, space, and sensory experiences. Colors might appear brighter, music may sound different, etc.

  3. Increased Sociability: Some users feel more sociable and talkative.

  4. Creative Thinking: Enhanced creativity and divergent thinking in some individuals.


Cognitive Effects:

  1. Impaired Short-term Memory: Difficulty in retaining new information temporarily.

  2. Reduced Attention Span: Decreased ability to focus on tasks.

  3. Altered Judgment: Impaired decision-making abilities.


Physical Effects:

  1. Increased Heart Rate: Higher doses can lead to tachycardia.

  2. Dry Mouth (Cottonmouth): Reduced saliva production.

  3. Red Eyes: Due to dilation of blood vessels in the eyes.

  4. Increased Appetite: Commonly known as the "munchies."


Therapeutic Effects:

  1. Pain Relief: Delta-9 THC can help manage chronic pain conditions.

  2. Anti-nausea: Effective in reducing nausea and vomiting, especially in chemotherapy patients.

  3. Appetite Stimulation: Useful for patients with conditions like AIDS or cancer, which cause appetite loss.

  4. Muscle Relaxation: Helps in reducing muscle spasticity in conditions like multiple sclerosis.

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