THC Mythology: The Demonization of Mr. T. H. Cannabinol

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A few months ago I was speakin’ to a friend about the herb. She’s been on the herbal for years and years. Hailing from Ottawa, she found no lack of florists. Funny how the closer to Parliament, the more choice you see in these medicinal buds. I mentioned how Cannabidiol was stopping seizures. She had no idea what I was talking about, and said she only knew about Tetrahydrocannabinol.

Stop … The … Bus. So even regular users are confused about this plant? Wow. Then what do non-users not know? Better yet, what have they been hypnotized into believing over the years?

How many out there only know about Marijuana and THC ? Is this the problem? Well it’s a problem for sure, because putting all the potential in this plant onto one little compound’s shoulders is just not fair or correct.

Fifteen years ago I started learning about Cannabis. The weed information highway was flowing fast and when I first started, the only compound anyone knew about was T.H. He was everywhere, given the spotlight as the only cannabinoid out there! Folks literally didn’t know any other medicinal compounds existed in cannabis – or if they did, they didn’t share the news or understand it. So they said there were only compounds in the flower bud, and the small inner leaves surrounding those buds. Well now, some fifteen years later, there’s this movement of people using “whole plant medicine”. From the very tips of the leaves to the very ends of the roots, every part of this plant has medicinal compounds in them. Is prohibition of this plant all because of a simple misunderstanding?

So here’s the dealio. There are thousands upon thousands of different strains of this plant. And there are mad scientist-meet tree huggers out there breeding plants to create more strains using the skill of selective breeding, grafting, and a few other tricks and tips. At last count there were 480 known natural compounds, 66 of which are classified as Cannabinoids, each one exerting therapeutic affects on the body. There are about twelve that have actually been identified and named. Not only that, the minimal studies that have been done, have shown what body processes each of those twelve aid.

And most of these compounds are great team players. In fact, studies and evidence is showing that these compounds work best when working together in combination; not in isolation from one another. They simply work better as a team! Maybe the Cannabis plant is here to show humanity that as a team, we are unstoppable. From arthritis to parkinson’s, this plant does the body good!

Yet …. how many of us only knew about Mr. T.H. Cannabinol?

I feel like I’ve heard it all….. Weed makes you lazy. Pot smokers just sit around playing video games and eating Doritos. Weed is a gateway to harder drugs. Lazy lazy lazy stoners.

And everyone who says these things blames Mr. T.H. Cannabinol. That poor guy. How misunderstood can one little naturally occurring compound be? Some of you will be very very surprised when I tell you about my friend THC. Maybe it’s been a set up all along? Do we need to call in Sherlock Holmes to find out why society keeps blaming my buddy for lazy people?

The white coats have done studies where they reverse engineer my friend into their ultra-sterile consumerized pill or serum. And y’know what? THC has absolutely nothing to do with laziness – quite the opposite! In fact, the first time I procured a strain that was high in THC, I couldn’t sit still!! I ironed every single piece of clothing in my wardrobe with precision! The concentration was effortless. I wore crisp undies for weeks all because of my friend Mr. Cannabinol.

Mr. T.H. here kills pain, has anti-spasmodic benefits, relieves nausea, stimulates appetite, and much much more. But there is something else that my buddy does … for me at least. He pulls me out of myself. Seriously. Millions of us have some form of depression or anxiety. And even those that don’t, know what I mean when I talk about self-defeating mental chatter. T. H. makes you forget all that. He’s such a great conversation starter that’s for sure! He really makes you think. He makes you question things while allowing you to open up enough to see new perspectives. Getting in tight with T.H.–I mean really spending some time with him, getting to know his strengths and his weaknesses– has shown me how to practice something called “radical self-acceptance”. T.H. makes my skin feel more familiar to me, makes it fit on my bones better. I’m not as self critical now that we’ve been friends, yet much more likely to see the road to change as navigable.

But there’s a catch with THC. In raw natural plant form, he doesn’t really do any of the above. In that form, which is basically just a different shaped molecule that doesn’t fit into the same receptor, Mr. T.H. lowers inflammation, reduces seizures and convulsions, and inhibits cell growth in cancerous tumors. All without psychoactive affects. It’s only when the plant material is heated that THC changes his shape to fit into that receptor. Tell me again why we can’t grow this plant?

Can you see why it’s just plain silly to blame T.H. for promoting laziness, lethargy, and lack of ambition? Blame that on the rest of the team if you want. Or better yet, blame it on the individual themselves. Personal responsibility. Because I’ve seen just as many people doing strenuous manual labor while medicated with cannabis, and doing it well. I just read a big article on promoting the use of cannabis for arthritis pain.

Spread the word. Share at will! Scream it from the mountaintops … Mr. T.H. Cannabinol rocks!

And I’ve got his back forevermore. He has proven to me time and time again that he wants what is best for me and this biology of mine. Some friends just make us better people.

T.H. Cannabinol … you make me wanna be a better homo-sapien!

Mucho love and respect to you buddy!