The cannabis plant is comprised of hundreds of chemical compounds that create a unique harmony of effects, which is primarily led by cannabinoids and terpenes. Cannabinoids like THC and CBD (the two most common) are the main drivers of cannabis’ therapeutic and recreational effects:
THC makes us feel hungry and high, and relieves symptoms like pain and nausea. For a full list of THC’s potential effects, read below.
CBD is a non-intoxicating compound known to alleviate anxiety, pain, inflammation, and many other medical ailments.
Also consider basing your selection on these three choices:
THC-dominant strains are primarily chosen by consumers seeking a potent euphoric experience. These strains are also selected by patients treating pain, depression, anxiety, insomnia, and more. If you tend to feel anxious with THC-dominant strains or dislike other side effects associated with THC, try a strain with higher levels of CBD.
CBD-dominant strains contain only small amounts of THC, and are widely used by those highly sensitive to THC or patients needing clear-headed symptom relief.
Balanced THC/CBD strains contain balanced levels of THC, offering mild euphoria alongside symptom relief. These tend to be a good choice for novice consumers seeking an introduction to cannabis’ signature high.
Some short-term effects of THC include:
Increased heart rate
Slowed perception of time
“Couch-lock,” or feeling heavy
There are a variety of conditions for which THC may offers benefits:
Brad loves writing about cannabis-related topics. He uses marijuana both medicinally and recreationally. He was born in Beautiful British Columbia and has lived in Vancouver for most of his life. When not writing, he can be found hiking up Grouse Mountain or having a drink with friends.