THC, the abbreviation for tetrahydrocannabinol, is the primary cannabinoid found in many strains of cannabis. Many know that THC is responsible for euphoric highs from recreational consumption, but few are aware of its medicinal properties and benefits. Years of misinformation have led to THC developing a bad reputation, but scientists have started to push for better information to the public to clear THC’s name and reveal its medicinal benefits. “THC is a major constituent of cannabinoids,” says Chasen. She explained it has many physiological properties, such as pain relief and anti-inflammatory properties. It is also an anti-depressant. An overdose of THC can cause anxiety, emotional disorder, increased heartbeat, dry mouth, etc., but these effects can be neutralized by taking a lot of water or CBD, as claimed by Dr. Margaret Gedde. THC can treat a plethora of health issues. ADHD, Alzheimer’s disease, Appetite loss, Arthritis, Cancer, Crohn’s disease, Fibromyalgia, Glaucoma, Inflammation, Insomnia, Migraines, mood disorders, Multiple sclerosis, Nausea, Neuropathic and chronic pain, PTSD, and Sleep apnea could all benefit from treatments involving THC. THC works primarily within our endocannabinoid system, which is spread throughout our brain and central nervous systems. It binds to and stimulates CB1 receptors, often mimicking our naturally produced Anandamide, which is known for feelings of reward. THC is also the most known component of cannabis to cause intoxication. Most people look at cannabinoids and terpenes as separate ingredients instead of taking into account how they work together. CBD and several terpenes have been shown to mitigate or even eliminate THC’s intoxicating property, allowing for more treatments to be available without the resulting euphoric high. Other strains of cannabis have learned how to increase the effect for better recreational enjoyment. If you are taking cannabis for the benefits of THC, you should note that raw cannabis is not for you. THC activates when it is heated and broken down from its parent acid, THCA. You will need to use a heat-based method of consumption, such as vaping or smoking, or a cannabis product with decarboxylated THC, such as a sublingual or an edible. If you are taking THC for medicinal purposes, you should consult with your physician to determine methods of consumption and dosing are best for you. Depending on your specific condition, your doctor can walk you through the benefits of each method and how they relate to your symptoms.