THC and CBD have had impacts on Fibromyalgia, glaucoma, eating disorders, mood disorders, Crohn’s disease… You name it and cannabis can probably help in treating it.
Ever since the ancient times, cannabis has been used for medical purposes. In fact, as the scientists nowadays have been proving, marijuana is full of compounds which actually make it a very successful natural medicine.
There are a number of compounds that make each plant unique, none more important than cannabinoids. More than 100 of these have been found so far, but unfortunately, not all of them have been studied enough to talk about their benefits with scientific certainty.
What is interesting about cannabinoids is how well they fit in with human bodies. When cannabinoids enter our system, they bind to the CB receptors in our brain which are responsible for regulating mood, motor skills, appetite and many other functions. We, humans, have the ability to produce chemicals like cannabinoids by ourselves, which have the responsibility of maintaining balance in our physiological system. These cellular compounds are called endocannabinoids.
So to recap this section: cannabinoids from marijuana (the ones we’ll explore today) help regulate our very own endocannabinoid system, healing many diseases and reducing inflammation.
The two cannabinoids we’re going to explore today are best known for their medical benefits. It’s no other than tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). Some of you know them very well.
For those that don’t, consider them the opposite sides of one coin. In essence, completely different, but very complementary at the same time. These two chemicals provide the best results to patients in need when they are combined, the way they occur naturally in cannabis flowers.
The biggest differences between them?
To put it simply — taking a high CBD strain usually feels like having a cup of coffee. It’s refreshing, boosts your energy a bit but does not mess with your head. High THC strains make you either relaxed, give you a full body buzz or a complete sense of euphoria.
To help you discover these two compounds and which role they could play in your health, check out the differences between THC and CBD illustrated by the good folks at Greencamp.
The next time you’re shopping for medicinal cannabis, keep in mind that there are a number of different strains with different CBD to THC ratios. For example, you can buy a strain that is high in CBD and does not contain THC (almost at all). All of these subtle chemical nuances can produce diverse effects, so it’s no wonder that cannabinoid ratios play such a huge part in our cannabis experience.
If you have firmly decided to use medicinal marijuana, remember that marijuana impacts individuals differently, so it could take a while before you find that perfect strain.
Either way, before your next dispensary visit, check out this infographic once more time and be properly prepared for your convo with the budtender.