When we talk about cannabis and its medicinal properties we simply can’t avoid its unique chemical composition, which is what’s responsible for its popularity in the first place. What makes every marijuana strain unique is its very own profile of cannabinoids and terpenes, intertwined in such a way that each strain helps with something.
But how exactly does that happen?
As you probably know, cannabinoids are chemicals secreted by marijuana flowers and there are more than 100 of them packed inside each plant. The most popular (and best known so far) are Tetrahydrocannabinol, or shortly THC, and Cannabidiol, or commonly known as CBD.
These compounds, when smoked or eaten, go into our bloodstream and stimulate our very own endocannabinoid system by mimicking its receptors and stimulators on a cellular level. The reason for the success of marijuana lies exactly here: cannabinoids help regulate the same system that takes care of many processes in our bodies, such as pain perception, appetite, inflammation and similar.
Most popular strains today have very high THC levels, but with CBD becoming more and more popular, a number of new strains rich in CBD have hit the market with great success.
Both compounds have been used for medical purposes in one way or another. However, there is one major difference: while THC is the one that makes users feel high, CBD has no psychoactive effects at all. This is the main reason why THC is generally preferred among recreational users, while CBD is favorable among people suffering from Parkinson’s, nausea, chronic pain and many other illnesses.
However, nothing is ever black and white when it comes to cannabis…
To explore these two cannabinoids in greater detail, we are presenting a visual guide to THC and CBD by Greencamp.com with which you will discover the main differences between these two cannabinoids as well as how to choose the best THC:CBD ratio when buying medicinal marijuana.