THC & CBD: Which to Use and When
Many seasoned cannabis users are more than familiar with the cannabinoids present in marijuana. Namely THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and within recent years CBD (cannabidiol). Both of these cannabinoids work together to inhibit or enhance each cannabinoids' effect on the endocannabinoid system. Depending on your ailments, we all have our reasons for consuming weed. Whether it's stimulating appetite post chemotherapy, or winding down after work--the beneficial spectrum of marijuana can be dialed in for relief.
Therefore, we decided to review some good information on dosing oneself with these active cannabinoids.
THC - Known to many since the 90's, THC is the main psychoactive ingredient in weed. This is immensely responsible for the 'high' feeling experienced.
CBD - Cannabidiol is a non-intoxicating cannabinoid from the cannabis plant. It is showing great promise in helping treat conditions such as arthritis, anxiety, seizures, and even diabetes.
*The ratio of THC and CBD in any given strain determines how you’ll feel and what type of relief you’ll get, if any. In other words, THC and CBD are responsible for how you feel post-session. Therefore, it’s really important to keep THC and CBD in mind when scoping out the menu.
Below you'll find some information on 'when to reach for each' put together by Kate from Marijuana.com:
When to choose a strain high in THC:
A strain can be high in THC, CBD, or a combination of the two. Strains with a THC level higher than 20 percent are likely to give you the face-warming, body-buzzing high you’re looking for. Beyond making it more enjoyable to watch a movie or listen to your favorite tunes, cannabis high in THC often imparts the following effects:
- Altered senses of sight, smell, taste, and hearing
- Increased hunger
- Reduced aggression
These properties make weed high in THC ideal for individuals who have trouble falling asleep at night or who have nausea and decreased appetite due to the side effects of chemotherapy. THC has also been shown to be beneficial to patients with multiple sclerosis by improving bladder function while reducing spasms and pain.
When to reach for CBD:
If you suffer from anxiety, or simply don’t enjoy the mind-altering effects of cannabis, a high-CBD/low-THC strain can offer health benefits without making you feel stoned. Using weed high in CBD or using CBD products can help:
- Reduce the psychotic symptoms of schizophrenia
- Relieve convulsions and nausea
- Reduce depressive symptoms
- Promote blood sugar stability
- Decrease anxiety
- Reduce inflammation and pain
These properties make weed high in CBD best for those who have diabetes, epilepsy, severe anxiety, depression, and fatigue. CBD has also been shown to help clear acne and alleviate the symptoms of PMS.
If you’re new to consuming cannabis or are revisiting it after a bad experience, you can’t go wrong with CBD. It’s great for people prone to anxiety and who don’t want the psychoactive-effect of THC. As you become more experienced, look for strains with a higher ratio of THC until you find the perfect combo.
Information courtesy of Marijuana.com.