by HCH HEADQUARTERS, April 12, 2016

The cannabis plant contains dozens of cannabinoids. Until recently, the most well-known cannabinoid has been tetrahydrocannabinol (THC); however, as more scientific research about the health benefits of marijuana has been conducted, more and more people are learning about other cannabinoids, especially cannabidiol (CBD).

High Country Healing’s signature CBD strain is named Cannatonic. Cannatonic tests up to 4% THC and a whopping 19% CBD. A great strain for pain relief, Cannatonic is also a therapeutic option for anxiety treatment.

Below we highlight some key differences between THC and CBD

3Chemical Formula

According to CBD Oil Review, “CBD has the same chemical formula as THC, but the atoms are arranged differently. This slight variance causes THC to create a psychoactive effect while CBD lacks such an influence.”

The High
Due to THC being the main psychoactive component in the marijuana plant, it is primarily responsible for creating the “high” feeling associated with marijuana use. CBD lacks such an influence, and does not make people feel “stoned.” It can actually counteract the psychoactivity of the THC.

THC is known to cause some users to feel anxious, while CBD is believed to have the opposite effect. Studies show that CBD works to counteract the anxiety caused by ingesting THC. In other words, CBD cannot get you high, which is part of what makes it so appealing from a medicinal standpoint.

Medical Applications
The Weed Blog explains that, “The fact that CBD-rich cannabis doesn’t get one high makes it an appealing treatment option for patients seeking anti-inflammatory, anti-pain, anti-anxiety, anti-psychotic, and/or anti-spasm effects without troubling lethargy or dysphoria.” THC may be able to help treat: side effects of chemotherapy (reduce nausea and vomiting), multiple sclerosis (improve bladder function while reducing painful spasms), AIDS (stimulate appetite and eating), etc. Research indicates that CBD may be useful in treating: Schizophrenia (reduce psychotic symptoms), social anxiety disorder (lower anxiety), depression, etc.

One of the most common uses of marijuana is as a sleep aid. THC is believed to be sleep inducing, while CBD tends to promote wakefulness (making it a poor choice before bed). The opposite effects that CBD and THC have on sleep, may explain why certain strains of cannabis cause some users to feel drowsy, while others make them feel energized.

There you have it! Come on in and ask our staff any questions that you have, or review our selection of Indicas and Sativas.

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