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 medical marijuana, a.k.a. MMJ, rather new abbreviation for the weed now taking trend. That exact thing which takes you high. And that exact thing delivered in trichomes — the holy grail for growers.

And this is a form below how the THC compound appears to chemistry brainiacs…

 Here we go —  The famous formula of Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol so well recognised from millions 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 if not much green or a light purple haze on the horizon or not a valley… Well, it is a quite highlighted thing in all kinds of motion pictures.

Now recall this?

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-wait-wait.

Stop right there!

Let’s better wrap it up in a form of:

Frequently Asked Questions about THC:

#1 — Where it belongs

There is a direct relation to a so-called “Weed Porn”. The most valuable out of more than 80 cannabinols in a regular plant of cannabis – the THC – is stored in trichomes. The quantity and the condition of trichomes define the amount of THC in buds: read more how determine proper time of cut by colour of trichomes. How erect them practically big: find out here. And this may be considered as a primary reason that trichomes are so much “photogenic” and desirable in all its close-ups and portraits: they are the fabric of THC.

#2 — What’s up about Chemistry when you puff

On molecular level the molecular of THC has a very proper structure (in that far molecular low level) so that THC-particles may perfectly fit to and may interact with specific cannabinoid receptors in human body, which were 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 full system is compatible with THC by luck.

My body is a cannabis producing plant by itself? How nice of you, Mother Nature, but thank you very much anyway.

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 puff. 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

Every time reading some FAQ in some other website one may think in a some similar situation, where you are now: is it a real-real frequently asked question “Hey buddy, I was always shy to ask you what’s up there with anandamide by the way”? It is said ‘frequently’ that may mean you are an average citizen, averagely like an occasional smoke of an average weed in a normal circle of average friends, but you damn can’t sleep to know what is anandamide. And which is more that this website is the only place to get this information, and this is how it became frequent. I think it can’t be true =)

The current study says that this is a problem:

Image source and a nice article about the subject

And this is below the original purpose of the system and those cells. For me looks pretty same, therefore maybe it is not a problem?

Image source and another great article about Understand-my-brain stuff

#4 — How much of THC in a weed

Should not we start with this one? Think 20-25% is a good quality for a good recreational weed in Amsterdam maybe some local cup winner even. Rumours state that in some countries the Government supply to Pharmacies and Dispensaries weed containing just few percent, maybe 2 or 5%, yet we have never checked this officially.

#5 — How THC has been discovered:

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

The name of the hero is Proffessor Raphael Mechoulam, an Israeli scientist, born in Sofia (Bulgaria). He has done to THC’s Science pretty everything: Discovered, Isolated, Fully Synthesized. As well as identified now already famous anandamide mentioned above in this article.

The List Of Mistakes That Beginner Growers Make

You may go for for a trouble free experiment, simply put a marijuana seed of a professional quality (it’s just better to pass through beginner’s wrong-doings with a GOOD seed rather than some totally random one), so put it into a regular box with a regular soil, place it to rest onto the same shelf where the others of the house plants spend their lives. You will gain the wonderful feeling of growing something and see your first mistakes. Maybe you will even see the flowers, and at minimum you should finally get a very easy and a totally free plant holding 5-10 joints, good enough but made of leaves or maybe even some sort of buds, with just minimum effort for making it happen. I’d even suggest cooking it instead of smoking, a good fun and the efficient way, not to say a yummi way.

Not bad for doing almost nothing, mostly watching with admiration the full cycle: how the cannabis seed grows into a plant, to become a marijuana one day.

Alternatively, you wish a serious home cultivation of high-end marijuana for yourself and for your fellow buds. Consider some minimal investment of reasonable money or effort: seed as we mentioned, and some minimal gear: soil, electricity, lightning, building a box or buying a box, ventilation, fertilizers. And patience.

The mistakes that beginners really make when starting to grow marijuana at home for the first time

1). Soil Is Very Important

You’ve just excavated a jar of soil from your neighbour’s garden, and now you are confident this is it. The answer is still “No”. The random soil may not be enough for cannabis; the acidity may have a too high or too low pH level. Also “the soil from the garden” in most cases is too dense for cannabis; loose and crumbly is always much, much better for cannabis plant to grow good. Not to mention the insects and parasites teeming in the garden soil (Imagine?)

The only acceptable solution is: if you want to grow cannabis at home, if you maybe want to enjoy it with less trouble and maximum fun (like any other hobby, right?) then buy a pack of prepared soil and you will be generously rewarded.

The recommended level of acidity for cannabis (pH) is 5.7-6.2 for hydroponic and up to 7.0 for outdoor, along with a not high NPK where the Nitrogen dominates to allow more so-called green mass to grow.

Soil is important for cannabis plants, everything comes from soil or through soil, learn more about soil for your weed:

Read more – Easy tricks to improve the cannabis soil you use for growing

Read more – Organic Fertilizers For Cannabis + How To Spend $0.00

2). Choosing A Seed

Here is another story, easy to imagine: You’ve got nice pot from some friends and you’ve found – Wow! It’s a Seed! – in it. And this has totally altered your mind … to start a growing career out from this exact seed! Please do not do this. Because you (maybe) have no idea what kind of plant it is. All the growing from this anonymous seed will be flooded with surprises and your hard efforts may end up with a really low quality weed.

Besides, there is another problem, that the seed definitely means a hermaphrodite plant. Because professional growers only grow female plants for certain reasons. The offspring of your anonymous plant will also have a lot of chance of being a hermaphrodite too and this may also mean low quality weed.

Read more: Growing Marijuana From Seeds vs. Growing From Clones

Read more: Sativa vs Indica — Making The Right Choice (CBD Matters!)

Choose a proper cannabis strain by its features for hassle free growing. You may have specific conditions (how much time you have, what your nearest grow shop may supply etc., etc.) So choose a seed for these personal conditions from professional seed-banks. Purchasing a clone may also be a good move! After-all, think how much you are already spending on equipment, lights, the electricity, soil – do not save on a seed, it’s simply illogical.

3). Acidity And pH Level

Watch the acidity level in water that you use for watering. In chemistry, pH is a numeric scale used to specify the acidity or basicity of an aqueous solution. It is approximately the negative of the base 10 logarithm of the molar concentration, measured in units of moles per litre, of hydrogen ions.

For cannabis the pH level (acidity) may be 5.7-6.2 for hydroponic and up to 7.0 for outdoor.

Here is the hint: First of all – buy a pH-Meter. One for aquarium purposes may be used, but – as always – the one especially designed for growing is just better. If you can invest then it’s better to do it. Let’s just compare the pH Meter for a marijuana grower to a radar for a sailor: We all agree that it is positively possible to go safely to the right destination having no radar, even more – once humanity was missing this wonderful invention … In other words: Buy a pH Meter.

4). Too Much Care

It’s easy to imagine from a Mom providing too much care that it starts to be already harmful. We’d recommend avoiding this sort of relationship between you and your Cannabis Plant. First of all it is a Plant, not a mammal, not a bug. Plants are slow! Do not fuss too much with it. Take a puff, relax, watch =))

The seed may grow up to 10 days. No need to dig it out twice a week (some people really do!!), unless you have a recommendation on your pack of seeds that the specific strain is potentially risky in this stage. Think about before buying cannabis seeds for the first time.

Don’t be too much Mom for your weed

There is also over-care with watering, as the cannabis itself by its general nature is quite a dry-resistant plant and it does not really require too much water. Check the top inch of the soil with the finger – do not water until it’s moist. Of course you may use another electronic tool for measuring moisture, but the finger works just fine.

Long story short: Always give it time. Don’t be too much of a Mom for your weed :=D

5). Cutting Leaves

You’ve heard about what it’s for and how to cut leaves. You’ve heard that it dramatically increases your future harvest. Yes, this is a problem, many high-end professional growers do not recommend absolute beginners use scissors from the first try. Excluding maybe the very obvious cases.

6). Give Space

While choosing the proper moment to switch from vegetating stage to flowering it is extremely important not to forget that the cannabis plant still continues growing up, having only a different speed. Leave space.

Read more: How To Use Grow Tents For The Highest Marijuana Yields Indoor

Read more: Common Cannabis Plant Problems: Seeds, Roots and Stems

7). Harvest Time

There are few methods to catch the right moment for harvesting, even quite high-tech ones – with the use of microscope, for example. You will probably find extra in this article: When To Cut A Bud. You may also use our e-mail below the page for any questions regarding the topic of growing. Now we are just going to share a simple beginner’s tip that may be somewhat of a ‘guarantee’: 60% of trichomes are amber, and 40% still remain milky white.

Other useful links:

Common Cannabis Plant Problems: Seeds, Roots and Stems

Auto Flower Feminized Seeds Explained

How To Use Grow Tents For Weed Highest Yields Indoor