What is THC & How Many Forms Does it Come in?! 


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We are diving into the fascinating world of THC or Tetrahydrocannabinol. THC, a famous chemical compound found in the cannabis plant, has various forms that offer unique experiences and potential health benefits. Are you curious to know more? Let’s explore! 

Understanding THC 

THC, or Tetrahydrocannabinol, is one of the most well-known cannabinoids, the active compounds found in cannabis. Known for its psychoactive properties that induce the “high” associated with marijuana use, THC has both medical and recreational applications. Discovered in the 1960s, THC has become the focus of a plethora of research studies investigating its effects on the human body and mind. 

THCa (Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid) 

THCa is a cannabinoid present in raw cannabis, serving as the precursor to delta-9 THC—the compound responsible for the psychoactive effects associated with marijuana. In its raw form, THCa is non-psychoactive. However, when exposed to heat through smoking, vaping, or ingestion, THCa undergoes a process called decarboxylation, transforming into delta-9 THC. It’s at this point that the psychoactive properties are activated, leading to the characteristic “high” experienced by users.

D9-THC (Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol) 

Delta-9-THC, often just referred to as THC, is the most commonly recognized form of the compound. You can consume D9-THC through various methods, including smoking, vaping, edibles, and tinctures. The onset of effects can be immediate with inhalation methods, while ingestion can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours. Choose D9-THC for its strong psychoactive effects and its well-researched and documented uses. 

D8-THC (Delta-8-Tetrahydrocannabinol) 

Delta-8-THC is a lesser-known cousin of D9-THC, however gaining massive popularity. Like D9, it can be consumed through vaping, edibles, or tinctures. The effects can be immediate when vaped and take a bit longer when ingested. The real draw of D8-THC is its milder psychoactive effects, providing a less intense high which can be less anxiety-inducing for some users. 

D10-THC (Delta-10-Tetrahydrocannabinol) 

Delta-10-THC is a relatively new player in the THC family. It’s known for producing an energizing and focus-enhancing high. While less psychoactive than D9, it offers an invigorating experience that’s quite distinct. Like the others, you can vape or eat D10-THC, with effects taking place immediately after vaping or up to two hours after ingestion. If you’re looking for a stimulating yet less intoxicating experience, D10 might be the best fit! 

D11-THC (Delta-11-Tetrahydrocannabinol) 

As of now, Delta-11-THC remains relatively unknown due to a lack of research. As scientists continue to explore the extensive world of cannabinoids, we eagerly await the potential benefits and uses of D11-THC. However, when THC is consumed in edible form, we know that it converts to D11-THC when metabolized through the liver. 

HHC (Hexahydrocannabinol) 

Hexahydrocannabinols, or HHCs, offer a milder psychoactive experience compared to their Delta counterparts. You can consume HHC through vaping or tinctures, with immediate effects from inhalation or onset within 15 minutes to an hour sublingually. If you’re looking for a less intense high with potential social buzz-type health benefits, HHC might be your best bet. *Please note that in our experience, ingesting HHC is much more potent than inhaling HHC.

THCv (Tetrahydrocannabivarin) 

Finally, let’s talk about THCv, or Tetrahydrocannabivarin. THCv is a unique mildly psychoactive cannabinoid that produces different effects based on dosage. When intaking THCv in lower doses, the cannabinoid is non-psychoactive and provides energy, focus, and clarity. Higher strengths of THCv produce a mild yet balanced, non-sedating, “clear-headed” experience that may result in an energetic feeling.

The world of THC is extensive and varied, with each form offering unique benefits and effects. Remember, everyone’s experience with THC is personal and can vary based on factors such as tolerance, body chemistry, and consumption method. Always be cautious and aware of the legality of cannabis and THC in your region, as well as potential side effects. 


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