THC is one of the main active ingredients in cannabis, but not the only one. The formal chemical name is Delta-9 Tetrahydrocannabinol.
Cannabis contains literally hundreds of different chemicals and about 85 of these are currently believed to have psychoactive or physiological properties. This family of active ingredients is collectively known as Cannabinoids and will be discussed elsewhere on the Dutch Passion website. Full research into the medical uses of THC has been hampered by the prohibition placed on cannabis by most governments in the last century. However the numerous medical uses for THC have been impossible to ignore and there is now more research into the benefits of THC than at any other point in human history.
THC in its pure state is a clear, colourless and glass-like solid that becomes sticky when heated. It is thought to be present in the cannabis plant either as a deterrent against grazing animals or to give protection against high levels of harmful UV light.
For social users of cannabis, THC gives a relaxed, happy state that allows the user to have a heightened appreciation of their surroundings.
Current scientific thinking is that THC works in conjunction with the various cannabinoid compounds that are also present. The interaction between THC and the rest of the cannabinoid family will mean that medical research will be more complicated than first imagined. But it may also mean that the benefits of THC are wider and more diverse than even the most optimistic pharmaceutical company has imagined.
THC is not a toxic compound, it has been estimated that a lethal dose could only be achieved if a user were to smoke over 600Kg of marijuana in 14 minutes. This explains why no-one has ever died from a marijuana overdose. The relatively harmless and non-addictive nature of cannabis is in stark contrast to other drugs such as alcohol, heroin, tobacco, cocaine etc.
THC is used to restore appetite in cancer and AIDS sufferers. It reduces nausea in chemotherapy patients, it is used by MS sufferers to reduce their symptoms. THC has widespread uses in pain reduction across a variety of medical conditions and is being investigated for tumour-shrinkage properties, prevention of Alzheimers disease and various other uses from treating Tourettes syndrome to helping soldiers recover from PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder). THC has forced society to re-evaluate its views on cannabis. Far from being a ‘gateway’ drug that would destroy lives, cannabis may yet prove to be one of mans most valuable natural medicines.
For most seed products on this website THC and CBD percentages are given. This acts as a quality control on our seeds. The THC% is a measure for the strength of the high. For any strong high the THC% will range from 5 to 15 and higher. This does not mean that the variety with the highest THC% will be the best variety. Apart from THC, taste, aroma, and THC-familiar substances (precursors) are of importance. Much depends on personal taste. One of these substances is CBD. Some of our varieties have CBD% from 0.1 to 0.3%. CBD has a tranquilizing effect, without influencing the "high".