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THC, short for delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, is a psychoactive compound found in cannabis and hemp plants. It is one of over 100 cannabinoids present in the plant and is responsible for intoxicating effects. When consumed, THC binds to cannabinoid receptors in the brain and central nervous system of the body, resulting in alterations to perception, mood, and cognition.

THC is commonly associated with the “high” or euphoric sensation that users experience after consuming cannabis. However, it also has potential therapeutic properties and can provide relief from pain, nausea, muscle spasms, inflammation, and chronic pain.

In addition to its psychoactive effects, THC can also induce side effects such as dry mouth, red eyes, impaired motor coordination, and increased heart rate.