How THC affects the brain

In the past, people have always had a divided opinion about marijuana. Some people believe this substance is life-destroying while others embrace it as a healing herb that can treat a mountain of ailments. Lately, scientific research has shown that there are many positive effects of THC on the brain and this article aims to explain exactly how THC affects the brain as well as the benefits that this compound has when treating medical conditions such as glaucoma and even cancer. This article will touch on the possible negative side effects on the health of the consumer when taken chronically and in large doses so keep reading to learn how THC affects the brain. 

What is THC? 

THC is one of the main components found in the cannabis plant and when consumed, this component induces psychoactive effects or a “high”. Indica and Sativa are the 2 infamous strains of THC and each carries its own set of effects. For example, Indica affects the body and induces feelings of calm, relaxation, euphoria, and sleepiness making it popular for nighttime use. Sativa on the other hand produces a head high that leaves the user feeling energized, motivated, joyful and creative. There are many ways to consume THC with the most common method of consumption being smoking joints which carry health risks due to combustion. For safer consumption, you can consume THC via a dry herb vaporizer or even edibles, which are very popular and extremely intense. People mainly consume THC recreationally and it is a popular social drug in the cannabis community, however, many people do not realize that there are several medical conditions. Popular uses for medical marijuana include:

  • Pain relief
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • PTSD
  • Sleep disorders
  • Chemotherapy side effects
  • Seizures
  • Epilepsy
  • Arthritis 
  • Acne
  • Eczema
  • Eating disorders

Concerning consumption methods, you can consume marijuana using one of the following popular methods:

  • Inhalation ( joints, dry herb vaporizers)
  • Water filtration devices ( dab rigs, bongs)
  • Edibles
  • Topicals
  • Tinctures
  • Capsules

As a beginner, it would be safest to start consuming with a dry herb vaporizer, topicals, or tinctures. Dry herb vaporizers are a healthier form of inhalation because it produces vapor instead of smoke, and are easily found online at sites like, while topicals are a very user-friendly method of consumption that does not induce psychoactive effects but remains effective and allows you to target specific areas of concern, and are also reaching the online space at various sites. Tinctures on the other hand are convenient, discreet, and easy to use and this method of consumption is very popular amongst medical marijuana users. 

Before consuming marijuana, you need to understand the benefits as well as the risks. If you are looking to consume for medical reasons, you should consult with a professional to help you determine your dose. Do not consume marijuana if you are taking prescription medication. 

Written by Austin Crane

Austin is the principle web director for Untamed Science and Stone Age Man. He is also the web-director of the series for the High School biology, Middle Grades Science and Elementary Science content. When Austin isn't making amazing content for the web, he's out on his mountain bike or in a canoe.

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