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September 6, 2017

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) are two cannabinoids that you should know about. It’s important to understand the differences between these two cannabinoids so you know what to look for buying products.

An Introduction to THC

THC is known as the psychoactive cannabinoid, which basically means that it is the chemical responsible for creating the high that is associated with marijuana. It is the most common cannabinoid found in marijuana, and produces a wide range of effects, including relaxation, hunger, fatigue, altered sense, and a sense of calm. THC works by imitating the actions of anandamide, which is a neurotransmitter produced in your body. This means THC binds to cannabinoid receptors in your brain and activates neurons to produce the different effects associated with a marijuana high. For example, THC can impact your coordination by binding to the cannabinoid receptors in your cerebellum.

An Introduction to CBD

CBD may be a cannabinoid, but it does not produce a high in the same way that THC does. Instead, CBD will relieve anxiety, reduce inflammation, and treat nausea. Because CBD offers these health benefits without producing a high, it is often found in high quantities in medicinal marijuana. In fact, many medicinal marijuana users look for high-CBD strains of marijuana to treat their depression, anxiety, and general pain. Many people who are experiencing discomfort due to cancer treatment also turn to high-CBD strains for relief from these unpleasant side effects. Read CBD vs. THC: why is CBD not psychoactive?  

But, you don’t have to have a serious health condition in order to enjoy strains that are high in CBD. Some recreational users prefer high-CBD strains because they can make you feel more relaxed without making you high. This makes it easier to get things done without worrying about looking or acting high.

Purchasing Marijuana

Before buying marijuana from weed shops in Denver, look at its THC and CBD content so you know what to expect. A strain that is high in THC will typically produce an intense high, which may or may not be what you’re looking for. A strain that is high in CBD but low in THC can be used to relax and relieve general anxiety. It’s important to note that CBD can actually counteract the effects of THC. This means if a strain is high in both THC and CBD, it won’t produce as intense of a high as a strain that is high in THC and low in CBD.

If you are interested in CBD or THC products, but don’t want to smoke marijuana, visit a dispensary and ask the budtender to see other options. There are ways to enjoy the effects of these cannabinoids without having to smoke. For example, you can get the same THC-induced high by eating edibles.  

Ready to learn more about cannabis? If so, we encourage you to stop by Altitude Dispensary, one of the top weed shops in Denver. The staff at Altitude can help you find the right medical or recreational product for your needs. Contact Altitude Dispensary for more information today!