Marijuana is nothing new – in fact, humans have been using it for literally thousands of years to experience its various benefits. But, does that mean that the plant does not have its drawbacks? Today, we take a closer look at marijuana’s most common – and most controversial – compound: tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). This powerful cannabinoid, which was first identified in 1964 by Raphael Mechoulam, is best known for its psychoactive qualities. While THC is denounced by some for its disorienting and high-flying side effects, it also lays claim to having many medicinal benefits.
#1: Offers a Magnificent High
When analyzing the pros and cons of THC usage, let’s start with the pros, since there is a lot of them. As we said, marijuana’s high comes from THC, the primary cannabinoid that creates a psychoactive effect in the brain. The high can be deeply relaxing, can enhance creativity, minimize stress and offer uplifting effects that increase our mood on the worst days. The body high of THC is equally enjoyable, with a feeling of ease in the muscles as tension melts away.
Being a natural compound found in mother nature, THC makes it all the more appealing. It means that we are not putting any questionable chemicals into our bodies when we want to explore the high of marijuana. We know that it would be an oversimplification to say “natural equals better” when it comes to any and all substances, but even thousands of years ago, people have treated cannabis as a gift from the earth to benefit us in a plethora of meaningful ways.
#3: Can Be Highly Medicinal
We all love getting stoned but remember that medical marijuana is a thriving industry in our country for a reason. For decades, THC has been researched for its effects on nausea, inflammation, pain, anxiety, stress, digestive issues, sleep, and more, with stunningly positive findings. This plant offers powerful properties that can be used therapeutically to address a wide array of issues that many of us face daily.
The Body Tolerates It Surprisingly Well
THC is one of the few intoxicants that the human body tolerates extremely well – after all, when was the last time you heard about someone dying because of a weed OD? Cannabis is generally non-toxic to humans – adult humans, that is – and so we can consume a whole lot of it without any major risks. We can also use it daily without major long-term concerns and know that ultimately, its impacts on our bodies are extremely gentle.
#1: Still Not Fully Legal
One thing that we can’t get around the fact is that not every state has legalized recreational weed yet – heck, a handful of states do not even allow for medical marijuana use. And it remains an illegal drug under federal law, making the marijuana trade tricky to navigate beyond the state level. What this means is that in spite of its numerous benefits, you may not be able to access these benefits because of where you happen to live. But times are changing, and much of that could change in the near future with growing pressure to legalize.
2: Too Much May Cause Anxiety and Paranoia
If you have ever gotten “the fear,” then you know that a heavy hand can lead to some uneasiness and paranoia as your body deals with the not-so-pleasant side of THC. This is more common among beginners and those who accidentally took a way stronger dose than they had intended. Fortunately, these effects do wear off pretty quickly, and you can go back to enjoying your stoner lifestyle by just taking it a little easier next time.
#3: Dry Mouth and Dry Eyes are Common
While not dangerous in any regard, dry mouth and dry eyes are too common side effects of THC – causing the classic red eyes and cottonmouth that we associate with stoners. These effects also wear off pretty quickly, and some eye drops and a big glass of water can do wonders.
#4: It Might Get You Fired
Depending on your job, you may get fired if THC shows up in a drug test. Because weed is still illegal in most parts of the country, if you do test positive, that could have some major implications.
Benefits of THC Without Negative Side Effects
So, how do you get more benefits than drawbacks with weed? That’s easy. The key is going easy with your dosing, especially if you are a beginner. This way, you will avoid any potential side effects like paranoia and severe cottonmouth, and simply enjoy all of the positive effects that marijuana is well-known for. Also, of course, you always want to make sure you are buying premium grade buds that are unlikely to be contaminated or expired, both of which can lead to some pretty unpleasant or disappointing experiences.
Final THC Thoughts
Overall, the pros outweigh the cons when we talk about THC. And, that should not surprise anyone, since it is one of the most commonly used intoxicants in the world, and has been for millennia. Now, with legalization in many parts of the US, more people can enjoy these benefits than ever before.