Δ9-Tetrahydrocannabinol



Notion 8
Term Δ9-Tetrahydrocannabinol
Field Molecule
Pronunciation -‚hī -drə-kə-'na-bə-‚nōl
Etymology tetrahydro- (combined with four atoms of hydrogen) + cannabin + -ol
Definition Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol is the main phytocannabinoid found in the Cannabis plant and is largely responsible for its psychoactive effect.
In pure form, it is a glassy solid when cold and becomes viscous and sticky if warmed.
Effects include relaxation; euphoria; altered space-time perception; enhancement of visual, auditory, and olfactory senses; disorientation; and appetite stimulation, but particularly, it has mild to moderate analgesic effects.
Synthetic THC, known as dronabinol, is available as a prescription drug in several countries (United states, Germany...) and is used in the treatment of anorexia in AIDS patients, as well as for refractory nausea and vomiting of patients undergoing chemotherapy.
Contexts
  • The potency of THC in marijuana cigarettes varies greatly.
  • Δ9-THC action on length of survival and various tumor cell parameters was also evaluated.
  • An oral spray preparation of natural THC + CBD (...) for multiple sclerosis patients has been approved in some countries.
Phraseology This term can be used as a substantive, or in a prepositional group ("a form of THC").
French
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Spanish equivalent
Δ9-Tétrahydrocannabinol
Δ9-Tetrahidrocannabinol

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