For a long time, I prioritized THC potency when shopping cannabis at the dispensary.
In recent years, hybrids have been created to offer sky high THC levels. After some experimentation with different strains, I now prefer less intense products. I look for options that are lower in THC and higher in CBD. While both of these natural cannabinoids offer unique properties, they are different in many ways. THC is responsible for the euphoric sensations. CBD is non-intoxicating and one of the most abundant cannabinoids. It has recently gained popularity for its long list of medicinal and holistic benefits. Like THC, CBD works with the body’s endocannabinoid system. The ECS helps to regulate everything from pain, immunity and mood to sleep and reproductive health. While THC binds to CB1 and CB2 receptors in the endocannabinoid system, CBD helps to regulate how these receptors react. It can help to counteract and lessen some of the psychoactive effects of THC. While a lot more research is required, it is believed that THC and CBD work better together than on their own. When these cannabinoids are combined with terpenes, they create what is known as the entourage effect. I’ve tried CBD isolate and full-spectrum CBD products and am convinced that even trace amounts of THC make a positive difference. I browse the shelves dispensary for a variety of vapes, tinctures, edibles and topicals. I use them for both recreational and medicinal purposes. Those options with higher CBD percentages are helpful in treating aches, pains, headaches and difficulty sleeping. The products with a balanced ratio of THC and CBD are my choice for hanging out with friends and relaxing on the weekends.