Recreational dispensaries are dedicating more and more shelf space to high-CBD products that focus on pain relief. You can still find the high THC, dank buds and pure extracts you know and love, but sometimes you want a high that’s a little more toned down. Other times you want the calm and relief without the psychoactive effects that come with a high-THC.
The only downside to this wider selection is that it has left many consumers – especially those new to Colorado cannabis – overwhelmed by the range of options at their local marijuana dispensary.
You may find yourself asking questions like:
- What does it mean when marijuana is high in THC?
- What if a strain or edible has both THC and CBD?
- Can you get high from just CBD?
- Isn’t CBD for medical marijuana users?
Whether you are a marijuana enthusiast or you are planning your first trip to a recreational dispensary, understanding the difference between THC vs CBD can help you find the right product for your needs.
The Difference Between THC vs CBD
When most non-users or casual consumers 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.
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 (CB1 receptors) in a way that produces psychoactive effects, often referred to as a head or body high.
And while CBD attaches to the same receptors as THC, recent studies have indicated that they do so in a different way. As a result, a product that includes only CBD 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. It’s these interactions that have brought CBD into the conversation about effective treatment techniques 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 flower, pure CO2 extracts, and mouthwatering edibles, we carry a variety of CBD products, including:
- 1:1, 2:1, and 10:1 CBD/THC concentrates
- 1:1, 2:1, 10:1, and 20:1 CBD edibles (gummies, caramels, sublinguals, dissolvables and more)
- CBD transdermal patches
- Blue Healer CBD/THC strain (seasonal strain – not available year round)
THC Products at Karing Kind
Our shelves are always stocked with flavorful, potent 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 9am to 10pm.
While we carry a variety of strains, concentrates and edibles, inventory and stock levels fluctuate from week to week, and many strains are only available at certain times of the year. Check our menu and follow us on Instagram for an up-to-date list of edibles, concentrates and buds available now.
• 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