Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol also referred to as THC, is the chemical responsible for psychoactive properties of cannabis. It is also the most abundant cannabinoid found in marijuana and the only compound that produces psychoactive effects. Interestingly, when a compound binds to a protein located on a cell surface (a receptor) the cell’s activity is changed and might signal bordering cells and affect gene regulation (turning genes on and off). What a person is really looking for is the psychoactive high that THC is responsible for.

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The Effects of Cannabis

Cannabis achieves its numerous effects through varying quantities and variations of cannabinoids. Simply put, a cannabinoid is a chemical substance that connects the brain and the body. The chemicals are used for recreational and medicinal purposes and are sometimes synthetic in nature, meaning they are manufactured to mimic the effects of cannabis.

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