Cannabis is a plant that produces multiple cannabinoids, including THC. The chemical formula for this substance identifies its main ingredient as Delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Like most pharmacologically active secondary metabolites found in plants, it’s also an oily capsule found within Cannabis sativa with the classification of “phytochemical.” This means these compounds may have been used by evolution to protect against insect predation or environmental stressors such as UV light exposure; scientists aren’t sure how they work yet but we’re researching!
THC is the main ingredient in marijuana that causes psychoactive effects. It was first discovered and isolated by Israelite chemist Raphael mechoulam from cannabis plants around 1964, where he found out how it interacts with our endocannabinoid system of beings’ brains to make you feel “high.”
TheDelta-9 THC molecule attaches itself onto these naturally occurring receptors.