Dear Stoner: I hear there are different forms of THC. Does that mean the other forms aren’t from marijuana?
Dear Roy: Marijuana research is just starting to scratch the surface of the hundred-plus cannabinoids found inside the plant’s trichomes. Those cannabinoids include varying forms of THC and CBD, lesser-known cannabinoids such as sleep-inducing cannabinol (CBN) and anti-bacterial cannabigerol (CBG), and some that we don’t yet know anything about. Although pharmaceutical companies have developed forms of synthetic THC, everything you see for sale at a dispensary is plant-derived. THCA that’s only psychoactive when activated by heat, which converts THCA into regular, trippy THC. Commercial extractors are starting to experiment with Delta-8-THC, another form of the cannabinoid good for treating nausea and eating disorders, while 11-Hydroxy-THC is a potent, metabolized form of THC that your body creates after consuming marijuana orally — which is why edibles can seem strong even if you’re a regular toker.
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