The main intoxicating component found naturally in cannabis plants is delta-9 THC. People who consume delta-9 THC above a certain threshold experience a “high”.
There are many ways to get delta-9 THC products from cannabis dispensaries in states that have legalized it. These include gummies, cookies, candies, vaping cartridges, and topical lotions.
Manufacturers market delta-9 THC products to claim they can treat or reduce symptoms of certain conditions and diseases. However, the FDA has approved only two synthetic THC formulations–dronabinol and nabilone, used to alleviate chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting. Patients with AIDS can also use nabilone to increase their appetite.
There are potential benefits to consuming delta-9 THC.
- A decrease in anxiety
- Appetite increases
- Feelings of joy or exhilaration
- Imagination is more vivid
- Sensitivity enhancement
Delta-9 THC has therapeutic benefits for some conditions such as nausea and vomiting from chemotherapy, seizures, chronic pain, spasticity with multiple sclerosis (MS), and sleep disorders in patients with other chronic conditions.