The rise in popularity and the legalization of cannabis products have expanded the different ways we consume cannabis. Nowadays, you can find brownies, gummies, hash, resin, concentrates, tinctures, and THC pills at local stores where cannabis products are legal. THC pills are a new way to consume cannabis products that might be dangerous for some individuals. Read on to learn more about this unique presentation.
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What Are THC Pills?
THC pills are ingestible capsules that blend botanical extracts from cannabis plants with synthetic cannabinoids. These pills contain concentrated cannabis oil or ground-up flowers, depending on their presentation. As you might know, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) are the most common cannabinoids available in the marijuana plant.
However, unlike CBD, THC is known for its psychoactive effects, making people feel “high.” While the verdict is still out for the real medicinal benefits of the cannabis plant, we understand how THC pills affect us.
Marijuana pills or cannabis capsules are made from gelatin or starch that need about 30 minutes to dissolve once ingested. Because both natural and synthetic THC pills are metabolized in your digestive system, it can take anywhere between 45 minutes to 2 hours for users to feel the effects. However, the “high” experience might last anywhere between 3 to 8 hours, depending on your metabolism and tolerance. The amounts of THC available in each pill will also affect this.
These pills are legal in states that have laws to allow either medicinal or recreational use of marijuana. There are 11 states with recreational marijuana laws and close to 33 states with approved medical marijuana laws. It also depends if you’re getting THC or CBD in pill form, as there are some restrictions for these.
Benefits and Side Effects of THC Pills
The effects of marijuana extend throughout the central nervous system (CNS), with some positive effects like easing pain, inflammation, and controlling seizures. However, THC alters the way we process information. It also changes brain areas that play a significant role in movement and balance. Marijuana can have a long-term effect on your balance, coordination, and reflect response that could be permanent.
Although there’s controversy about the medicinal effects of THC, often being labeled as the “unhealthy” portion of cannabis-derived products, research says that it can help with:
- Improved mood
- Decreased social anxiety
- Pain relief
- Treat nausea and vomiting
- Increased appetite
- Sleep problems
- Chemotherapy-induced nausea
However, too much use of THC can have adverse reactions such as paranoia, anxiety, depression, nausea, and irritability. Furthermore, the full effects of cannabis use long-term are yet to be fully understood.
Even for those that medical marijuana has proven helpful, the stigma around cannabis products is still strong. THC pills offer unique discretion over other forms of administration like smoking marijuana or using tinctures.
With THC pills, a patient can know precisely how much THC they’re ingesting, which can be difficult with tinctures or flowers. This method of administering also lowers respiratory side effects common among those who smoke cannabis products.
Taking pills doesn’t feel as addictive as smoking weed for hours, so an overconsumption of THC pills is very common. One issue of ingesting THC is that it can be challenging to mitigate such an episode’s likelihood. Once you swallow a pill, there’s little you can do to alter its potency or effects.
Besides, because pills have a delayed onset of effects, it’s common for people to ingest other substances like alcohol, higher quantities of cannabis, or other chemicals to create a more potent “high” experience.
Furthermore, while marijuana withdrawal symptoms are not dangerous per se, they’re very uncomfortable. The longer someone used marijuana, the more likely they’re to experience some or several symptoms, including physical and psychological symptoms:
- Loss of appetite
- Mood changes
- High blood pressure
- Weight loss
- Sleep difficulties
- Difficulties focusing
- Cravings for marijuana
- Stomach problems
It’s important to know that, unlike prescription drugs, THC pills are still reasonably new, and regulations vary tremendously from state to state. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn’t regulate supplements like it does other drugs. Due to this, there’s not enough control over supplements to fully guarantee their safety.
Can You Be Addicted to THC Capsules?
There’s a heated debate about whether or not marijuana products are addictive. While rare, marijuana use disorder, chronic users are at risk of developing an addiction. The latest data suggest that at least 30% of marijuana users have some degree of dependence. Those who start using marijuana before the age of 18 are four to seven times more likely to develop marijuana addiction than those who start using it as adults.
Getting Help for Marijuana Addiction
There’s no doubt marijuana addiction can be challenging to fight, especially with the substance becoming legal in so many states. But it isn’t impossible. Anyone who chooses to quit marijuana needs to find the right support system to prevent withdrawal symptoms.
Thus, finding a partial hospitalization program (PHP) that monitors the detox process is paramount for a controlled and supervised scenario. Many addiction treatment centers count on addiction specialists that can guide people through their recovery. At Lighthouse Recovery Institute, our drug rehab programs include:
- Medical detox
- Rehab programs
- Intensive outpatient programs
- Relapse prevention
- Aftercare recovery programs
If you or someone you love is struggling with alcohol and drug abuse, ask for help immediately. We offer unique and personalized treatment plans because we believe no two addictions are alike.
The journey towards recovery is a long one, but together and with your family and friends’ support, we’ll make it. Whether you or a loved one is thinking about starting addiction treatment, don’t delay it. Start your addiction treatment journey today.