It’s impossible to ignore the increasing popularity of CBD and THC products. The products are legal and widely available across Canada and come in a wide variety of fun and convenient forms. If you want to give CBD or THC a try, you should first understand the difference between the two and which form of cannabis is right for you.
Understanding THC vs. CBD
Although tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) have the exact same molecular structure, they have very different chemical properties due to the arrangement of their atoms. In turn, the body responds to the compounds differently when consumed.
Both CBD and THC interact with the cannabinoid receptors of the body, resulting in the release of neurotransmitters. CBD is psychoactive; however, it doesn’t create the same high as associated with THC. Why? Because THC easily binds with the cannabinoid 1 receptor of the brain, creating the euphoric effect known as getting high. CBD, on the other hand, has trouble binding to the cannabinoid 1 receptor without the help of THC.
CBD and THC have similar medicinal benefits, but some people prefer CBD because it doesn’t produce psychoactive effects. CBD is generally used to treat conditions like pain, inflammation, seizure, anxiety, depression, migraine, psychosis, nausea, migraine, etc. Apart from recreational use, people take THC to treat conditions like pain, anxiety, nausea, glaucoma, insomnia, and muscle spasticity.
What Do You Want From Your Cannabis Experience?
Every individual user has their reason to use cannabis-based products. While some use it for medicinal purposes, others use them to simply enjoy the effects. Before taking either to treat pain or another medical condition, you should talk to your doctor about proper dosages.
If you want to use CBD for its calming effects or products containing THC to experience the high, you should start out with a small dose and get to know your tolerance from there. Keep in mind that some products have a much higher concentration of CBD or THC than others, so you should always read the labels to understand how much you’re consuming.
Popular CBD Products
CBD comes from the cannabis plant, and producers use winterization to extract the CBD oil. This process involves heating and pressurizing, then removing unwanted substances like wax and fat. Then, the manufacturers mix the extracted oil with alcohol, freeze it, and filter it. Finally, the alcohol is removed using heat, leaving the residual CBD oil sold in stores.
CBD now comes available in various forms, such as standalone oil, gummies, capsules, and various topicals. CBD topicals are applied locally on the skin to treat eczema, localized pain, or other skin conditions. Common CBD-infused topicals include creams, lotions, and balms.
Ways to Use THC
THC products (typically referred to as weed, marijuana, or kush) can be used in many ways, including:
- Smoking– Smoking marijuana is the most common way to consume it. You can roll it with rolling tobacco paper and smoke it as a joint, or use a pipe, bong, or bowl. You can also smoke it as a blunt where you use an emptied cigarette stuffed with marijuana or a mixture of tobacco and marijuana.
- Edibles– If you want to keep your marijuana consumption discreet, then edibles are the best way to do so. Common edible forms include gummies and truffles that suppress the heavy taste. Remember, edibles may take up to two hours to kick in, so you should wait before taking any more.
- Tinctures– Tinctures are liquid extracts of marijuana plants infused with alcohol. To use a tincture, you place a few drops under your tongue, and it’s immediately absorbed in the bloodstream. This is a highly concentrated form of THC often used for medicinal treatments.
- Dabbing– To dab, you use THC resins, which come in the form of oil, a hard solid like shatter concentrate, or a soft solid like wax or budder. In this process, you heat a bong or a glass pipe and place the resin in it to produce a vapor.
How can you use CBD or THC safely? For medicinal purposes, consult with your physician to determine the dosage and possible side effects before starting on CBD or THC products. Regardless of how you intend to use cannabis products, you should also learn to read labels to understand the THC or CBD percentage present. Remember, everyone responds to cannabis differently—so start small.