If you’re completely new to cannabis, you still probably have a basic understanding of how the plant works within our bodies. The plant contains over 100+ different cannabinoids and terpenes which all promote unique effects on our physical bodies and mental states. The most popular ones are THC and CBD. These are cannabinoids that have received the most scientific research and community attention thanks to their effects on the body.
THC, also known as Tetrahydrocannabinol, is the psychoactive compound found in cannabis. It is responsible for the impairment to your brain known as the ‘high’ you get from smoking marijuana. While THC is synonymous with being high, it’s also responsible for a number of other health benefits to your body as a whole.
THC is very versatile and useful to the brain, as it helps with a number of brain processes from our own cognition to its physical health. It’s a good option for people who struggle with anxiety or depression, but the key is finding the right dosage. Too much THC or too little THC can actually make symptoms of anxiety or depression worse in some cases. Hybrid strains tend to work best when treating anxiety or depression. Recently, THC has been accepted as a great treatment option for addiction to alcohol, nicotine, or opiates, as it can actually help your brain overcome its chemical dependency. There are studies linking THC to the treatment and prevention of Alzheimer’s disease because THC has neuroprotective properties. In some people, THC is said to also boost creativity, sex drive, and mood, though further study is needed to solidify scientific findings.
THC is good for more than mental health, too. It does a number of things for your body, such as acting as an antioxidant in the bloodstream. It treats muscle spasms and tends to make spasmodic episodes shorter and less frequent. Its anti-inflammatory properties allow it to be used as a good medicine for chronic pain management. Additionally, THC is an antiemetic and will help you with nausea or vomiting, digestive troubles like Crohn's Disease, and help with your appetite.. For this reason, many people undergoing chemotherapy for cancer treatment often turn to THC to help them manage their pain, continue to eat, feel better physically, and stay mentally positive.
Lastly, THC has actually shown that the compound can destroy certain types of cancer cells without harming the human body cells that are functioning normally. The US Government has known for years that cannabis has been an effective treatment against certain types of cancers. It is able to shrink cancer cells and tumors by physically absorbing and “eating” them, or by tricking cancerous cells into killing themselves. Worldwide studies are conducted every day to discover more information about THC and its effect on cancer cells.
On the other hand, we have CBD, also known as Cannabidiol. CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in marijuana. Like THC, it is one of the more prevalent chemical compounds found in the plant, and it comes with its own list of health benefits for the mind and body.
For the mind, CBD acts as a neuroprotective and has shown effectiveness in the treatment and prevention of Alzheimer’s disease. Like THC, it also helps with anxiety and depression, and may make a better therapy for people that experience worsened symptoms by using THC as a treatment option because the high tends to throw people off. CBD helps with mood disorders like depressive bipolar disorder and it offers tranquilizing effects that help the mind relax. CBD is the most effective treatment for people with epilepsy or MS as CBD is known to stop convulsions and spasms in seconds.
On the physical side, CBD has shown to help with almost every part of the body. It can provide quick pain relief or reduce inflammation. It can help you with your appetite or stop you from being nauseous or vomiting. In some cases it can treat certain skin conditions topically, like psoriasis or acne. It keeps your heart and metabolism moving and can prevent artery blockages. It repairs bones, stimulates the appetite, and can kill certain types of cancers. It really does so much good for the body that many people take CBD as a daily supplement to keep the body healthy without having to be high.
Human beings (and most other mammals) have what is known as the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS runs throughout your entire body and is full of receptors that can bind the cannabinoids you introduce to your body to your bloodstream when you consume cannabis. The ECS is the biological matrix where your brain meets your body. Since THC and CBD (and all the other 80+ cannabinoids found in cannabis) are so similar to the chemicals our own bodies produce naturally, they are received and used more efficiently than other synthetic drugs.
The percentage of THC and CBD in any strain will let you know how you’ll feel on the strain and what kind of relief you will get. There are numerous benefits for each compound so it’s of the utmost importance that you keep them both in mind while shopping at a dispensary.
All in all, there are many reasons to explore cannabis for preventative measures, physical and mental effects, and of course, the connection to ourselves we experience when we’re under the influence of THC. If you’re eager to get started with it, check out some of our favorite products for newbies below.
Kiva - Camino - Watermelon Lemonade Gummies
Kiva's Camino Watermelon Lemonade gummies combine a synergistic blend of sativa and indica terpenes with notes of juicy watermelon and tart citrus. With only 5mg per piece, this product is ideal for people who are beginning their cannabis journey.
Cann - Social Tonic - Lemon Lavender
Cann is a cannabis-infused low dosed social tonic that prioritizes both effects and delicious taste. They use all-natural ingredients to create a light, refreshing social buzz you'll feel right away. Each Cann is micro-dosed with 2mg of THC & 4mg of CBD, so you can enjoy more than one.
Drew Martin - The Collection Pre-Rolls
Drew Martin Pre-Rolls are a curated blend of sun-grown sativa-hybrid cannabis and globally inspired botanicals. They are low-dosed and perfect for those who are new to cannabis.