Why is THC illegal?

“THC” is short for tetrahydrocannabinol, the main substance with psychoactive properties found in the cannabis plant or marijuana.  In the past, cannabis and/or marijuana was widely used for various medicinal and other health purposes.  The fiber from cannabis hemp is said to be a good source of amino and fatty acids which are good for the body.  The THC content of cannabis has also been known to cure certain illnesses including mild to moderate pain.  Those who want to put on weight may also benefit from the appetite-stimulating effect of cannabis.  But aside from the medical benefits of THC, it is also known to have psychogenic effects.  This is the main reason that THC is illegal in many states or countries around the world.

THC’s effects on the brain have been known to be addictive.  Many people use cannabis because of its THC content.  Because of the mind-altering effects, various people use THC for recreational purposes.  As drug users will admit, using THC makes them feel good all the time.  Substances with a THC content give a feeling of euphoria and alter the various mechanisms in the body including the visual, olfactory, and auditory senses.  With these effects, much of the drugs or substances with THC are considered illegal, banned, or regulated in most countries around the world.

There are also several medical studies that dispute the significance of THC’s medical and health benefits.  As for the experts, people are just more prone to abuse the substance if exposed to it for medical reasons at first.  Drug abuse, including that of THC, has always been considered a huge problem for health and/or safety reasons.  For most countries, these concerns have made the use, possession, and sale of drugs and/or substances containing THC  illegal.

Abuse of THC has also been documented to have caused some fatalities around the world. This has further strengthened the commitment of many countries to make this particular drug or substance illegal.

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