THC or CBD-Rich: Which Is Right for You?
Recreational cannabis users typically look for strains that are high in THC, since THC is the cannabinoid mainly responsible for psychoactive effects, or “feeling high.” For those consumers who are using cannabis to treat specific symptoms or conditions however, strains that are highest in THC may not be the ideal choice. In fact, more and more cannabis research underscores the importance of the entourage effect, the concept that all the compounds in cannabis contribute to its effects, cannabinoids and terpenes. It is also important to note that the effects of any cannabis strain are highly dependent on your personal body chemistry. A popular strain that works for many may not work for you, but rest assured that there are many, many strains to choose from and there is one out there that will.
One starting place for treating health issues with cannabis is the THC-CBD ratio. Check below to see which ratio is best for you.
High THC: THC-rich strains are typically a ratio of CBD/THC 1:19. Strains high in THC are best for recreational use, but can also help migraines, pain management, nausea, symptoms of glaucoma and is a natural treatment for insomnia. THC also stimulates the appetite. THC-rich strains are also excellent for stress relief.
Even Ratio: There are strains that offer a 1:1 ratio of CBD/THC. These balanced strains are optimal for treating autism, cancer, neuropathic pain and nervous system disorders as well as multiple sclerosis. Strains labeled 1:1 will still produce mild psychoactive effects – think a glass of wine versus a shot of booze. The increased CBD in these strains will produce a happy, uplifted mood and reduction in anxiety and stress. These strains are a good choice for those who just want to take the edge off, not feel intense psychoactive effects. It is thought that a combination of THC and CBD will ultimately be more effective that a high ratio of one or the other.
High CBD: CBD-rich strains vary but generally, the more CBD, the less “high” you will get from the cannabis. These strains are ideal for those who prefer no psychoactive effects with their medication. CBD-rich strains are ideal for seizure disorders and treating muscle spasms, as well as stroke, psychotic disorders and inflammatory conditions like arthritis. Strains high in CBD have the opposite effect on appetite as THC; they suppress it.
Not sure which strains are available in each ratio? Ask your cannabis steward for recommendations!