THC is the main psychoactive compound in cannabis. It is responsible for making people feel high or stoned. Due to the way it interacts with receptors in the body, CBD does not make people feel high, but it has been found to have numerous medicinal uses. Interestingly, both have the same molecular structure, the difference lies in how the atoms are arranged, which affects how they can interact with the body.
It is a common misconception that THC has no medical benefits. In fact, CBD and THC share many medical benefits and can provide relief from several of the same conditions. However, CBD does not produce the euphoric effects that come from THC, which means some people prefer CBD-dominant strains. In many countries, THC-dominant strains are also illegal.
CBD is used to help with conditions such as seizures, inflammation, pain, mental disorders, inflammatory bowel disease, nausea, migraines, depression and anxiety. THC is used to help with conditions including pain, muscle spasticity, glaucoma, insomnia, low appetite, nausea and anxiety.
Of course, recreational users will be interested in THC-dominant strains. However, it is still worth being aware of CBD levels, as CBD reduces the effects of THC. Therefore, if a strain is high in both it may not be as potent as the THC level would suggest. Similarly, if a strain has hardly any CBD, then it is likely to be extremely potent.
There are thousands of cannabis strains available, offering the full spectrum of combinations of these two cannabinoids, ensuring that everyone can find what they need.