Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol is called THC for short. THC is the main psychoactive compound that we are aware of in cannabis. However, research is pointing to other compounds having similar stoney effects. THC has been around for thousands of years. The earliest written reference to medical cannabis can be found in the 15th century BC Chinese Pharmacopeia called the Rh-ya.
In 2900 BC, the very first Chinese Emperor Fu-Hsi was said to be the first to reference cannabis calling it “a very popular medicine that possessed both yin and yang.” Two hundred years later, another Chinese emperor named Shen Nung is said to have discovered the healing properties of medicinal cannabis. Even though these individuals were aware of cannabis and the medicinal qualities and healing properties it offered, nobody knew about THC until the early 1930s.
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