What is THC?

THC is the component in cannabis that is primarily responsible for its intoxicating, psychoactive effects. 

 

HIGHLIGHTS

• A cannabis plant’s THC content is expressed as mg/g or as a percentage of mg per gram. This is often referred to as "potency."

• THC is intoxicating and can produce a variety of intended effects, but consuming too much or choosing a product with a high potency potential can produce harmful or negative effects.

• THC content is indicated on the packaging of any cannabis product sold on ASHARIO.ca.

• THC ranges shown on our product pages are provided by cannabis producers and may differ from ranges specified on the actual packaging.

Of the more than 100 cannabinoids in the cannabis plant, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the one principally responsible for the psychoactive and intoxicating effects of cannabis consumption. 

Live cannabis plants contain tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA). THCA is the non active version of THC. When THCA is decarboxylated, it loses its carbon dioxide molecule, and is then converted to the active THC. This results in the effects we associate with consuming THC. It also means that cannabis in its fresh form is not yet active with THC.

 

THCA is the non active version of THC. when THCA is decarboxylated, that is, loses its carbon dioxide molecule, it's converted to the active THC.