THC

(Delta-9 Tetrahydrocannabinol)

About

THC (delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol) is the old legend in hemp’s all-star cannabinoid lineup. It was the first cannabinoid we knowingly encountered and is still the only one known to produce an intoxicating haze. THC remains a federally-controlled substance today, and is the component that legally differentiates “hemp” (below 0.3% total THC) from “marijuana” (long-bred for maximal THC).

THC‘s parent molecule THCA is synthesized over the course of a marijuana plant’s maturation, as originating CBGA stores are converted to THCA and other cannabinoid acids in time. (With hemp plants, the majority of these stores are converted instead to CBDA.)

Naturally-occuring THCA remains non-psychoactive, and must be carboxylated using heat or light to produce THC in its final form.

At MBAF, we grow federally-licensed USDA hemp, all containing less than 0.3% THC by volume.

Potential Uses & Benefits

Beyond the obvious high that many users are seek, THC has a few notable benefits. It appears to possess potent anti-inflammation, anti-pain properties. For some users, the ‘high’ may also positively affect conditions like anxiety and depression. It also may compliment CBD or CBG‘s intended functions along a few dimensions, a phonemenon known as the ‘entourage effect’.

Lastly, THC oxidizes to produce CBN, a cannabioid rising in acclaim for its potential for inducing sleep.

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Strains like those grown on ours and other hemp farms are federally-licensed hemp, containing 0.3% THC.

Cannabinoid Pre-Cursors

Synthesized Cannabinoids

Oxidized Cannabinoids

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