THC: Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol

What is THC in a simple explain. It is an abbreviation from: Delta Nine Tetra Hydro Cannabinol, often referred more shortly as Tetra-hydro-cannabinol, which is already better known as THC. Technically it is a chemical compound, and the main psycho-active component of marijuana, namely the very thing making you high. THC is delivered through trichomes — the holy grail for all home growers (and industrial too).

Below is the formula how the THC compound appears for a chemistry brainiac…

 Here —  the world famous formula of Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol, well recognised thanks to millions of t-shirts and touristic merchandise:

Psychoactive compound THC and its chemical formula in a doodle style infographics

How It Works

Everybody knows? You close your eyes, relax and imagine a green valley of goodness and a sunshine and a girl. If it goes easy then your mind is open and therefore it works, but the case if not much green or not a valley […] Anyway, this state of mind and body is frequently highlighted in all kinds of motion pictures, in attempt to translate someone’s feelings into graphics and sound, practically this is the definition of art, innit.

Like this one, for example:

South Park. Kenny's cheesing dream girl, the cartoon Steampunk Femme Fatal
Kenny’s Femme Fatale, Psychedelic Cheesing Dream
South Park series by SouthParkStudios.com

Wait,

We’d better wrap it up in a form of:

Frequently Asked Questions about THC:

#1 — Where it belongs

THC, the most valuable out of more than 100+ cannabinols in a regular plant of cannabis, is stored in (or delivered through) trichomes of a cannabis plant. The quantity and the condition of trichomes define the amount of THC in buds, and also by color of trichomes you understand when it’s time to harvest the ready bud. How erect them practically big: find in tutorials, and this is a strong reason why those trichomes are so “photogenic” all over internet. They are the fabric of THC.

Northern Lights Trichomes

These crystal monstrosities are thrichomes (on the picture), magnified, and they still can be seen with a bare eye on a bud of a good quality: trichomes makes bud look frosty. Thrichomes are glands of the plant, they are full of rosin (or resin) and full of thc, thca to be precise, anyway that one eventually making you high.

#2 — The chemistry when you make a puff

On temperature 220-235℉ (105-112℃) carbon dioxide gets rleased from the THC-acid, called decarboxylation, transforming it into THC, and then on more heat on temperature 350℉ (176℃) the THC evapourates: gets from solid condition into gas. This is how THC is delivered into body when you smoke weed.

On molecular low level the molecular of THC has a very proper structure (in that molecular low level) so that THC-particles may perfectly fit to and may interact with specific cannabinoid receptors in human brain, and these receptors are specially designed by nature to accept cannabinoids. These cannabinoid receptors form into groups to be a sort of sites, and these binding sites altogether are an endocannabinoid system (wiki), working 24×7 to exchange cannabinoids. It’s not exactly that human brain or body by itself produce ‘controllable substances’ and have a delivery system and this makes you high free of charge – not that but the idea is something like that. Let me just think that the full system of our body is compatible with THC by luck.

Then THC when achieves one’s brain cells it connects to the receptors of the endocannabinoid system and ignites the chemical processes and some of them finally change your behaviour along with way of thinking. The receptors concentrated in the parts of the brain responsible for movement, memory, and frontal cortex – the thing we think with. Obviously these three of your ‘properties’ are being altered when you bake. And it is individual if you loose part of memory or obtain new memorising capabilities for awhile: only remember that THC is not only component of a weed. Tons of them and they are all affect something on some chemical level. Stay reasonable and listen to your body carefully and no rush.

#3 — What is anandamide

Reading some random FAQ’es you often think is it a frequently asked question for real?

“Listen, iam shy to ask dont you know what is anandamide”

– come on it cannot be a very frequent question.

ANANDAMIDE:

The current study says this is how it works:

image source and a nice article about the subject

By some means, happiness and spirituality is the original purpose of this whole body system and those cells we only enable it working when getting stoned.

image source and an article about brain

#4 — How much of THC in a weed

Think 20-25% of thc is a very good quality for a very good recreational weed somewhere in Amsterdam or in the middle of Colorado. 8-12% of thc is still very good, for a wild weed or some street dunk, pressed into bricks like they do it in Paraguay. In some countries governments practice to deliver official weed into pharmacies with the really low decreased amount of thc, it may go as low as 1-2% like they do in Uruguay (and it is still the recreation is the purpose, hohoho). In hemp, or medical weed the thc in US may not be higher than 0.3% by law.

#5 — How THC has been discovered:

Professor Raphael Mechoulam
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raphael_Mechoulam

The name of the hero is Professor Raphael Mechoulam, an Israeli scientist, born in Sofia (Bulgaria). He has done to THC science pretty everything: discovered, isolated, fully synthesized, as well as identified the anandamide.

Elements Cannabis Plants Want from You (How to Make Indoor Weed Totally Natural)

You are going to grow the all-organic totally-natural marijuana, very dellicious and way potent, and the first thing you focus on then is reaching the most natural environment for your cannabis plants in your indoor garden, as the very first priority. It is the very feasible task, much more than many of us think in the beginning, and it may happen to be eventually even a cheaper solution, even if we speak about the indoor marijuana garden. The prize will be the buds you never have had ever before! You only keep in mind the most important and essential is understanding the nutrients for your whether indica or sativa or whatever else type of marijuana. And herein we tell the tips how you gain the best in the world harvest!

Organic Mariuana Growing Vs. Unnatural

For sake of bare facts, those Human-made (artificial) nutrients are not totally inorganic, because marijuana plants and all plants “eat” ions, like Netrogen, Phosphorus, Potassium, among others these three form the well-known NPK formula (see below), and yet let’s call those out-of-the-box nutrient-blends “artificial” by the reason that that they are not produced out of zebra’s poo. The issue with them is in the material into which the basic nutrients (NPK and others) are encased, for example, chelatine or liquids, or the other one. Maybe the easiest way to develop the cannabis plant but it may give certain foreign smells and tastes, and of course it will never be same rich, authentic, unbelievable and undescribable as another one “eating” from zebra’s poo with a help of microbeasties living in the soil.

The Soil is Everything

The main idea of the totally organic growing is “Just Add Water”, so the main job for the grower is to copy the totally wild environment beforehand. Therefore the soil blend is the most important for having all the afterwards process of the organic marijuana growing easy, pleasurable and effective. And that soil must contain all natural stuff, including whatever you want to include to engineer your future success, including a reasonable amount of dung, including small little beasties: they help to convert the organic matter in the soil (zebra’s poo) into ions for the roots to absorb them. The microbeasies shall need oxigen, that is why you want to ventilate the soil. And as soon as you do not buy them from a pet-shop, except for worms, so that the experiments shall be in taking soil from different sources (where there is such an opportunity) and then watching what happens to your plants.

No PH trouble !

The soil is hell important when it comes to the organic weed farming, and especially for indoor, because you need indeed to emulate the whole system to be very close to natural. This may sound like a headache, but you win in the end the beautiful marijuana buds so dank, that you’ll never get back to the “easy way” anymore. And there are certain advantages — for example, the natural environment aids for indoor cannabis to stay healthy, resist better, alike to any living being the nature helps a lot, — and — you care less about the PH level when watering, or even do not care at all, because there’s nobody sitting in clouds with PH-meter every time before it starts raining in the wild nature!

Better soil — bigger yields, and practically you obtain those HIGH yields utilizing the process of nature! translates to quasi-automatically: choose the soil or blend it, and the effort you add on top is only pure water and of course — love. Once you try “organic” way, you’ll never actually want the previous QUALITY suggested by the syntetic nutrients (it aren’t bad, they give other fruits, and convenience, and an optimal timing, and the hydroponic garden is dope and a great fun to have, however the real difference there is).

List of Nutrients Cannabis Plants Want from You

Nutrients are all important and they all form what the nature has designed thru the history of evolution on Earth for the plants to have them healthy and worthy. We break nutrients in groups by importance tho they all are vital, altogether making the solid system of the cannabis plant working well, see the list below.

Monja Eating Natural Banana Fertilizer
Nutrients Cannabis Plants Want From You: Carbon, Oxygen, NPK

PRIMARY CANNABIS NUTRIENTS, remember NPK:

N.P.K. is — Nitrogen (N) is always impotant yet the overdose may show purple on the sterm and up to leaves, mind that the purple colour may also appear from cold or other stress; Phosphorus (P) is essential on the flowering stage; Potassium (K), where “K” for Kalium in Latin, stands the strength of the roots, which in their turn result a stronger stem and a stronger everything.

CARBON is the basic material to build all cells, for you and for cannabis, that is why we are called “carbon-based life” here on Earth, and the plant takes carbon it from CO2, from the air, and Oxygen (O) also from the air, and Hydrogen (H) is taken from water because it’s H2O, and stands for building sugars and helps those microbeasties to work their magic.

SECONDARY CANNABIS NUTRIENTS ARE:

Silicon (Si), Magnesium (Mg) makes the green stuff greener; Molybdenum (Mo), Chlorine (Cl), Copper (Cu), Sodium (Na), Selenium (Se), Nickel (Ni), Zinc (Zn), Boron (B), Iron (Fe), and Calcium (Ca) is often called “the trucker of minerals”, it helps to transfer all of them up along the cannabis plant from roots and also strenghthen the whole structure in general, alike for the bones of human – WAY too important!

This is the reference material, and not an ecyclopedia of science, as usual, however we use it effectively, no problem