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THC — or delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol — is the main active ingredient in marijuana plants. It is responsible for the deeply relaxing and euphoric sensations associated with getting high.
CBD is the acronym for cannabidiol, a non-intoxicating cannabinoid synthesized by cannabis plants.
CBD has a wide range of therapeutic properties for relief from pain, soreness, and inflammation. However, when you hear people talking about CBD, they usually praise it for health and wellness rather than recreational use.
Most cannabis users consider the high from THC as a pleasurable sensation. They often report a relaxed state of mind, reduced physical tension, bouts of euphoria, giggliness, and even signs of improved cognition.
On the other hand, CBD doesn’t get you high, and the range of emotional effects uses a less direct mechanism. CBD can improve your response to daily stressors, making it easier to manage situations that would otherwise drive you nuts.
Let’s get this out of the way: the best thing to do is start low and go slow when you’re new to using cannabis or trying edibles, and the “correct amount” varies depending on tolerance, and your individual body.
When it comes to cannabis and reducing the risk of overconsumption, education is key to having a responsible experience. Read ahead of time or have a chat with your budtender to learn what should be done if you think you’ve consumed too much, as well as answers to important questions that you most likely have if you’re trying new formats or dosages.
If at any point you think you may have overconsumed, seek appropriate medical attention.
Inhalation: The quickest way to get cannabis into your bloodstream and the fastest way to experience its full effect. Once inhaled, your lungs introduce the cannabinoids into your bloodstream which reach your brain within minutes. These methods include joints, pipes, vaporizers, bongs, and dabs.
Ingestion: Oral consumption is at the top of that alternative-options list for most people. There are many ways to introduce cannabis to your diet, but more recently the market has been making a large push towards tinctures, capsules, sprays, and even drinks.
Topically: topicals are lotions that have been infused with cannabis for relief from pain, soreness, and inflammation. Most often, they make use of the CBD cannabinoid primarily, with the THC component being optional.
While there are thousands of strains on the market, they are mainly sorted into 3 major branches, Sativa, Indica, and Hybrids. The former was thought to produce more energetic effects, while the latter produced more calming effects.
While some of this basic knowledge may still apply, now that growers have cultivated hybrid strains for so many years, references to the effects of pure species may no longer be relevant or helpful as most current cannabis strains have been bred with many different intentions.