Everything You Need To Know About Delta 9

THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, dronabinol) cannabis drug molecule. Chalk on blackboard style illustration.
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The main Cannabinoid in cannabis is scientifically recognized as Delta 9 Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Male and female cannabis plants contain some amounts of this chemical, although the levels in female plants tend to be greater.

THC is non-psychoactive when it is first isolated from its plant material. A frequent nickname for Delta 9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is THCa, where the “a” refers to the acid in its raw form. During the drying and curing procedures, the acid is eliminated, leaving behind Delta 9 THC, or THC as it is generally known. Decarboxylation is the process of eliminating a carbon atom, and it’s possible to get “high” on THC after it’s been decarboxylated.

The Origin and History of Delta-9 THC

Despite thousands of years of human observation of cannabis’ psychoactive characteristics, delta 9 THC, the chemical component responsible for marijuana’s intoxicating effects, was only identified in 1964. Regarding cannabinoids, delta 9 is the most prevalent in marijuana, although it only makes up 0.3% of the hemp plant’s total chemical makeup. To put it another way, hemp has no psychotropic properties, but marijuana does, and this is because hemp has a little amount of THC that occurs naturally.


How Does Delta 9 THC Work?


THC acts by binding to cannabinoid receptors in the brain and neurological system. Although its euphoric effects only persist for a few hours, it may remain in your system for longer than many other medicines. A person’s body may detect THC for up to 20 hours after they use it. The frequency, dose, body weight, and cardiac activity level all play a role here. Delta 9 THC is lipophilic, which means that it easily attaches to fat. As a result, it is kept in fat cells, which may readily travel between fat cells and the bloodstream.

The CB1 receptor, which is present mostly in the central nervous system, is directly occupied by Delta 9 THC, and this is because its molecular structure is what it needs. THC connects itself to the portion of the brain that controls your movement, thinking, and memory, according to a 1988 study.

Is Delta 9 THC Legal?

There are three cannabinoids included on the United Nations’ drug schedules: Delta 9 THC and Delta 9 CBD. As a Schedule I substance in the United States, it is also illegal. Compounds with a high possibility for addiction and no recognized medicinal usefulness are classified as Schedule I substances.

Delta 9 THC, a Schedule I narcotic, is outlawed in the United States. In jurisdictions where recreational marijuana usage has been allowed, THC may be legally owned and consumed.

Cannabis for medicinal use is lawful in states where THC is permitted for personal use. THC products may only be purchased from licensed dispensaries if you have an active medical card

Is Delta 9 THC Safe?

THC is an incredibly safe substance. THC has never been known to have caused an overdose, one of the most common psychoactive substances globally.

Only by injecting several milliliters of pure THC into the bloodstream can one attain the toxic amount of THC. By smoking or ingesting THC, it is almost hard to get a deadly amount. When THC was given to monkeys and dogs in previous toxicological research, there were no fatal consequences.

Inhaling smoke would kill you before you even achieved a dangerous THC level. Besides, there are certain psychological hazards to be mindful of despite the great physical safety profile of THC.

Pre-existing mental diseases, including schizophrenia and psychosis, have been linked to THC in marijuana. If you or a member of your immediate family has been diagnosed with one of these illnesses, it is not safe to consume THC products.


The effects may be rather severe until tolerance is formed; therefore, you are suggested to begin with a modest dosage. You may increase your serving size as your tolerance to delta 9 THC increases, and increasing it up eventually in modest steps is advised.


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