Tetrahydrocannabinol, also known as delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ-THC), is the principal psychoactive constituent of the cannabis plant. First isolated in 1964, in its pure form, by Israeli scientists Raphael Mechoulam, Yechiel Gaoni and colleagues at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, it is a glassy solid when cold, and becomes viscous and sticky if warmed. THC possess low solubility in water but high solubility in lipids and alcohols. This is why most hash or cannabis oils are extracted using solvents such as alcohol and ether. A pharmaceutical formulation of THC, known by its INN dronabinol, is available by prescription in the U.S.
The illegal status of THC in most countries restricts many avenues of scientific research. despite this, THC has been studied and is suspected if not yet proven to be effective in the treatment of a large number of conditions, including multiple schlerosis, Tourette syndrome, Huntington’s Disease as well as other neurological conditions. There are also many anecdotal reports for the effective use of cannabis in treating cancer.
Chron Valdez is a BC cannabis grower turned webslinger.