If you only learn two things about the chemistry of the cannabis plant, make sure it’s about the two most important compounds in it – cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). These gems complement each other and are the most abundant and powerful cannabinoids (compounds unique to marijuana) in the herb.
But there are stark differences between the two cannabinoids, and unfortunately there’s a lot of garbage content on the internet which has confused people about CBD and THC. In this post, we’ll address common queries about the compounds, such as which strains contain the highest concentrations of each, what effects to these cannabinoids have, and what influence do they have on your psychoactive high.
THC is the cannabinoid which has given cannabis its famous – and sometimes notorious – reputation. Responsible for the herb’s psychoactive effects, but it’s often forgotten that THC has plenty of therapeutic qualities, too. However, for those who cannot or do not want to get high, CBD is a better pick – this cannabinoid is also an anti-inflammatory and analgesic and reduces anxiety in a more controlled and consistent manner.
The antipsychotic effects of CBD throw a curveball to anti-cannabis forces. The cannabinoid influences THC when its connected with a cannabinoid receptor to help moderate the high. On its own, CBD shows potential as an antipsychotic medicine, and is being considered as treatment for schizophrenia and psychosis.
Anxiety is prevalent among millennials, but the 21st century version of cannabis may hold the answers. THC can help to ease anxiety, but its mind-altering effects can cause it, due to endocannabinoid chemistry or simply thinking negatively. But CBD, the non-psychoactive compound, is much more successful at treating anxiety, perhaps because it promotes GABA, an essential inhibitory neurotransmitter.
Cannabis can really help to improve sleep and ensure the body has a healthy sleep cycle which allows the brain to cleanse itself. But in small doses, CBD can be used as a stimulant. Some report feeling energized from low-dosing CBD.
There were very few CBD-rich strains in existence a decade ago – now there are too many to count! Charlotte’s Web is probably the most famous strain, with Cannatonic, Pennywise and Canna-Tsu coming in high on the list. Since high-CBD cannabis is naturally-grown, the cannabinoid levels may vary somewhat from plant to plant.
Looking for some top-shelf high-THC strains? Keep your eyes peeled for OG Kush, Blue Monster and Satori.