This guide is written for the layperson and provides relevant information and study references concerning THC in general, with some specific context for those living in South Africa. Its purpose is to assist those looking for the best medicinal cannabis option for themselves or others. For this purpose, we have kept medical and scientific jargon to a minimum and included explanations for the terms that we have used.
What are Cannabinoids?
For an in-depth discussion on this topic, read our article about cannabinoids.
What is THC?
Delta-9 Tetrahydrocannabinol, otherwise known as THC, is the cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant that has a psychotropic or intoxicating effect in users, it has also been found to exhibit medicinal benefits for various conditions such as Tourette’s, sleep apnea, appetite loss, asthma and many pain-related disorders.
THC vs CBD
There are over a hundred compounds found in the cannabis plant that belong to the class of substances called cannabinoids. The two main cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant are Delta-9 Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD). To compare THC vs CBD, we must first understand the concept of cannabinoids.