We’re all familiar with THC. Most cannabis users generally consider a strain’s potency (high levels of THC) as one of the main factors taken into account when choosing one over another. While the demand for THC has created a saturated market of high-potency strains, and edibles, many consumers and cannabis users are starting to prefer products that are lower in THC and higher in a less-intoxicating compound known as CBD. Both THC and CBD are derived from the plant, but their effects on the mind and body are extremely different. Consider the following the next time you visit a dispensary for your next purchase.
CBD-rich strains generally deliver functional effects without the euphoric high that is regularly associated with THC-heavy strains. As the number of daily smokers increases, so does the need for strains that allow for peak performance and mental acuity. Consumers who are sensitive to the negative side effects of THC might find CBD-rich strains to be the perfect alternative. A high-CBD strain could be a perfect choice for a consumer who might need to control pain, moderate anxiety, or medicates regularly throughout the day. Some of the most popular CBD strains on the market today are:
- Sweet and Sour Widow
- Sour Tsunami
CBD-rich strains would be consumed and used exactly as you would a THC-rich strain. There are a variety of products hitting the market that are identical to their traditional counterparts that are regularly associated with THC. This includes edibles, oils, lotions, capsules, and good old bud to vape or smoke.
As the popularity of CBD products increases, so does research on the compound. Some of the most regularly treated conditions combated with CBD are:
- Epilepsy and seizure disorders
- Pain and inflammation
- Multiple sclerosis
Similar to THC, CBD brings no risk of overdosage and there are no known serious medical side effects, but even still, CBD is illegal on the Federal level, as the stigma of cannabis-derived and related products still hangs around.
The next time you’re at the dispensary, make sure to ask about high-CBD strains and products. You may just find a new favorite!