Stoner Dictionary | THC
THC: noun 1. tetrahydrocannabinol, the active psychotropic ingredient in marijuana
Example: “Most strains have an average of 15% to 20% THC content.”
The star of the show, the talented magician, the reason behind loving the beautiful cannabis plant: THC. It is what gets you high and is the chemical compound C21H30O2. The THC is actually visible on your sticky buds. To the naked eye, strains that are high in THC will sparkle and glisten. That frosty layer that coats your dankiest nugs are called trichomes. When you look at a marijuana buds under proper light and maginification, you will see these frosty crystals have a structure similar to a mushroom. A thin stalk with a shiny bulbous cap. These trichomes are actually THC resin glands that are bursting with happiness and waiting to be smoked. The more resin glands, the higher you will get. There is even a synthetic THC pill created by, of course, a pharmaceutical company called dronabinol. It is known as Marinol and can be purchased with a prescription in the United States and Canada. Just like every other prescription drug out there, Marinol has a laundry list of possible side effects that include: hives, difficulty breathing, swelling of your face, lips, tongue or throat, seizure, convulsions, paranoia, extreme fear, fainting, unusual thoughts or behavior, mood changes, dizziness, trouble concentrating, weakness, lack of coordination, anxiety, confusion, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and insomnia. These are all symptoms that good old fashioned marijuana is used to treat.
No stoner in their right mind would ever choose a fake THC over the real thing.
THC is a tricky little fellow that can only be activated when smoked or vaporized, unless manipulated in other combustible ways. It is not fat or water soluble, this is why when eaten raw, cannabis will most likely not get you high. However, using lipids to draw the THC from the cannabis is how cannabutter and cannaoil are produced. Vinegar will also draw out THC which makes products like medicated fruit preserves, like apple butter, possible as well. If you are feeling adventurous, try using whole milk or cream to draw the THC out and use it for chocolate milk or tea. THC levels in marijuana vary depending on how it was cultivated and then afterwards how you may choose to manipulate it. Some stoners have taken the business of THC to the next level by become experts in extraction. Concentrates are pure THC and the best quality will contain little to no plant matter. Concentrates like wax, goo, kief, amber glass, and hashish will have an astronomical THC percentage. The rainbow of concentrates that exist will usually have a different texture and intensity depending on how the THC is extracted. Some use butane which is a very dangers method of extraction but produces extremely potent concentrates. The most popular and least dangers method is using water and ice. Levels can range all the way from 1% to 90% and higher in certain ganja products. Many concentrates will be in the 40%-90% range while the majority of greens you smoke will be around 15%-26% on average. THC is nothing short of amazing and never fails to show its true potential time and time again.
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