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thc health benefits

THC is a cannabinoid, a category of chemicals that interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system. By attaching to cannabinoid receptors in the brain, THC activates neurons that influence pleasure, memory, thinking, coordination, and time perception.

Here are some of the emerging benefits, researchers have found so far:

CBD vs. THC

Here is what you need to know about THC from how it differs from CBD to its therapeutic uses.

2. Reduces nausea from chemotherapy

Unlike THC, CBD won’t get you high. That’s because CBD does not stimulate cannabinoid receptors in the brain like THC, says Jordan Tishler, MD, President of the Association of Cannabis Specialists. Instead, it changes how those receptors react to THC. For example, researchers have found CBD can weaken THC’s anxiety-causing effects.

Experiencing a cannabis addiction can cause serious harm to your:

Store all cannabis products safely, keeping them out of reach of children, youth and pets. This is particularly important for edible cannabis, which may be mistaken for regular food or drinks.

To help you and your health care provider make informed decisions about the potential benefits and risks, we have published information on using cannabis for medical purposes.

Cannabis for medical purposes

Cannabis contains substances that affect the brain and body, including delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). THC causes the intoxicating effects of cannabis. CBD is not intoxicating but can still have effects on the brain.

Some people use cannabis for their health problems. Deciding if cannabis is appropriate to treat your symptoms is best done in discussion with a health care provider.

Youth and young adults are more likely to experience harms from cannabis because their brains develop until about age 25. The earlier you start consuming cannabis, the more harm it can do. Footnote 11

If you have questions, visit your health care provider.