THC vs CBD: Finding the Weed You Need

THC vs CBD: Finding the Weed You Need

As both recreational and medical marijuana continue to grow in popularity and usage, recreational dispensaries are dedicating more and more shelf space to products that focus on pain relief in addition to or instead of the head and body high marijuana is traditionally known for. Unfortunately, this has left many consumers overwhelmed by the range of options at their local dispensary. You may find yourself asking questions like:

What does it mean when marijuana is high in THC? What if a strain has both THC and CBD? Will you get high from CBD? Isn’t CBD just for medical marijuana users?

Whether you are a marijuana enthusiast or you are planning your first trip to the dispensary, understanding the difference between THC and CBD can help you find the right product for your needs.

The Difference Between THC and CBD

When most people think of marijuana, they think of its powerful psychoactive effects. Many individuals who suffer from anxiety, chronic pain and other medical conditions or illnesses with strong physical symptoms, however, would point to marijuana’s ability to provide natural and effective relief from pain and nausea. So, how is it that cannabis can have such a wide range of physical and psychoactive effects?

Without getting too complicated, cannabinoid chemicals and receptors occur naturally in our bodies. These natural cannabinoids serve as a sort of neurotransmitter, relaying chemical messages throughout our nervous system and brain. The cannabinoids in marijuana (THC and CBD) are able to attach to the cannabinoid receptors in our bodies, affecting the transportation of those chemical messages, which is why marijuana can cause such a variety of effects, depending on the strain and the user.

When a strain or edible is high in THC, those THC cannabinoids attach to our natural receptors in a way that produces psychoactive effects, often referred to as a head or body high. And, while CBD cannabinoids attach to the same receptors as THC (CB1 receptors), recent studies have indicated that they do so in a different way. As a result, a product that includes only CBD cannabinoids will often produce minimal or no psychoactive effects. This is also why CBD, when it is present alongside THC, tends to dull the mental high slightly while providing greater physical benefits, such as pain relief and reduced nausea. Additionally, CBD is able to interact with our body through other pathways, including CB2 and opioid receptors, which allows cannabidiol to serve as an effective treatment technique or supplement for a variety of medical issues, including anxiety, depression, Crohn’s disease and epilepsy.

CBD Products at Karing Kind

The range of marijuana users continues to grow as individuals of all types are embracing the benefits of high CBD cannabis. In addition to our selection of THC smokeables, edibles and topicals, we carry a variety of CBD products, including CBD edibles, transdermal patches and our organic, high CBD oil.

THC Products at Karing Kind

Our shelves are always stocked with organic, chemical-free marijuana and marijuana-infused products with just the right amount of THC. Whether you want a high that Sublime would write about or you are looking for something with a little less kick, we’ve got you covered. Looking for a specific strain or product? Check out our rotating menu or call the store to see if we have it in stock.

Still Have Questions About CBD vs THC?

If you want to know more about THC, CBD and which product is right for you, stop by Karing Kind in North Boulder. Our award-winning budtenders are always available to answer any questions you might have and to help you decide that most important of questions: do you want THC, CBD or both?

Karing Kind is Boulder’s first recreational marijuana dispensary, located just off of US-36, one mile north of Broadway, open daily from 10a to 10p.

While we carry a variety of strains, concentrates and edibles, inventory and stock levels fluctuate from week to week and month to month, including on Chong’s Choice products. Check our menu and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for an up-to- date list of edibles, concentrates and buds available now.

Additional Resources:

What’s the Deal With These High CBD Strains? – Leafly
How Does CBD Affect the Brain? – High Times
The Endocannabinoid System & How THC Affects the Brain – Scholastic