The indica vs sativa contrast was once the most helpful way to distinguish between different subspecies of cannabis and the psychoactive effects they produce.
THC is an intoxicating cannabinoid commonly described as coinciding with the feeling of being extremely relaxed. It is the most researched cannabinoid, and has 3 reported phases: THCa, Delta-9 THC, and CBN.
Can help with: Pain, Glaucoma, Insomnia, Low Appetite, Muscle Spasticity, Nausea
High THC Strains: Girl Scout Cookies (GSC), Ghost OG, Bruce Banner
CBD is a non-intoxicating cannabinoid that reduces and modulates the intoxicating effects of THC. While it does not typically produce psychoactive effects, it can have calming and relaxing effects in most individuals.
Can help with: Seizures, Inflammation, Pain, Nausea, Migraines, Anxiety
High CBD Strains: Harlequin, Ringo’s Gift, ACDC
Tetrahydroc-annabinolic acid (THCa)
- Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA) is a cannabis compound. Unlike marijuana’s famous tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which gives the user the characteristic high that makes weed usage famous, tetrahydrocannabinol acid is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid that researchers have found in both raw and live cannabis plants.
– As the marijuana plant’s leaves, stems, buds, and flowers dry out, the plant’s THCA turns into THC. Heat also makes the THCA convert even faster to THC. Nowadays, the most coveted strains of cannabis have been honed by scientists and researchers to contain not only high levels of THC, but also large amounts of THCA.
– It is estimated that 80 to 90 percent of the THC in raw marijuana is stored in the form of THCA within the plant.
Effects And Benefits
- Cannabis affects everyone differently. Different strains and methods of consumption give users different effects. And new users generally feel different effects than more experienced users.
- Effects can vary — some people don’t feel anything at all the first time they try cannabis. For the most part, the experience tends to be kind of relaxing and a little euphoric. Some people can become more outgoing and social. However, others find cannabis makes them tired, anxious or even paranoid.
- It is very important to proceed with consuming medical cannabis cautiously and with respect for its efficacy – start slow with a low dosage and see how it affects you. Keep track of your dosing, type of product and the feelings that it provided – this will help you better understand how cannabis can best work for you.
- CBN is what THC will break down into over-time due to exposure to oxygen, UV light, or heat
- Mildly psychoactive, inducing little to no psychoactive effects
- Strongest cannabinoid identified for promoting sleep
- Cannabinoids all start off as CBG
- The “stem cell” of other cannabinoids
- Can kill or slow bacterial growth, reduce inflammation, inhibit cell growth in tumor/cancer cells, and promote bone growth
- Benefits include antimicrobial, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties
- It can help with pain relief, depression brain cell growth and migraines
- Psychoactive, causes more of a psychedelic, clear-headed effect,
- Causes the effects of THC to hit you much faster
- Energetic, an appetite suppressant, may help with diabetes, reduces panic attacks, stimulates bone growth and has anticonvulsant properties