A Tale of 2 Cannabinoids

A peanut butter and jelly sandwich is the perfect analogy to describe the most popular types of cannabinoids, THC and CBD. You can have just a peanut butter sandwich or just a jelly sandwich. Sure, they’re great separately, but together, they combine flavor forces and offer their ultimate best! Learn more about the science and the effects of these two cannabinoids.

The 2 Most Popular Types of Cannabinoids

Cannabinoids, in oversimplified terms, are the chemical compounds found in cannabis. They communicate and interact with your body’s natural endocannabinoid system to provide many different mental and physical benefits. There’s a long list of cannabinoids to learn about, but the two most popular are THC and CBD.

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)

THC is psychoactive—in other words, it gets you “high.” That body and/or mind change one experiences when they consume cannabis comes from THC. THC content in a cannabis strain can range anywhere from 1-30{aa34db15268e25c147c4caa85ec2d4825a5a393e7ef01519aab89820bde350fa}.

It should be noted that the THC percentage is only part of the cannabis experience equation. Shocking, right? Well, it’s true! All of the different cannabinoids and terpenoids work together to provide what is referred to as the Entourage Effect. Rest assured, that concept will be explained, in depth, in a future blog.

The stages of THC

THC can go through four different stages, each in raw, heated, or aged form:

THC starts as THCA (Tetrahydrocannabinolic-A, for Acid). At this property, it acts as an anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, and an anti-spasmodic.

When heated, (also referred to as being decarboxylated) it becomes Delta-9-THC. At this stage, the THC has changed properties, making Delta-9-THC an analgesic, anti-bacterial, anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, appetite stimulant, bronchodilator, and neuroprotective.

THCV (Tetrahydrocannabivarin) is also created when THCA is heated. This property brings additional benefits such as anti-convulsive, appetite suppressant, and bone stimulant.

The last stage THC would move into if it wasn’t heated would be in its aged property. When THC has been sitting away somewhere for some time it slowly starts to become Delta-8-THC. At this stage, the therapeutic values have decreased and only two beneficial properties remain: anti-anxiety and anti-emetic.

Cannabidiol (CBD)

CBD is the non-psychoactive part of the cannabis plant. It provides a great deal of healing benefits with no funny feelings of intoxication.

The stages of CBD

CBD-A, also known as Cannabigerolic Acid, is a well-known cannabinoid that has gotten quite a bit of media and press coverage recently. CBD-A turns to CBD, CBG, CBC, and CBDV when heated. Depending at what heat setting CBD-A decarboxylases at, a different result is yielded.

CBD-A offers anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory effects. When heated, it becomes CBD and additionally provides a calming effect that’s helpful for a laundry list of things, including anxiety, sleep loss, blood sugar, bone stimulation, immunosuppressive, neuroprotective, anti-convulsive, anti-bacterial, anti-anxiety, anti-insomnia, anti-psychotic, anti-depressant, anti-emetic, and anti-ischemic.

  • CBG (Cannabigerol) is an analgesic, anti-bacterial, anti-cancer, anti-depressant, anti-fungal, and bone stimulant.
  • CBC (Cannabichromic) has many of the same properties as CBG, but is also an anti-inflammatory, and anti-insomnia.
  • CBDV (Cannabidivarin) is, in short, an anti-convulsive and bone stimulant.
  • Lastly, when CBD ages just like THC, its properties change but not by much. That’s when CBN (Cannabinol) is created. This is a favorite in the insomniac community, as CBN is great for anti-insomnia. Additionally, it’s an analgesic, anti-bacterial, anti-convulsive, and anti-inflammatory.

Experience These Cannabinoids with Oasis Cannabis

CBD and THC are a perfect balance to each other. One can experience them separately, but together, they’re at their maximum for therapeutic effects.

Strains that are a 1:1 ratio of THC to CBD, or pretty much at any ratio for that matter, are out there to be found and experienced. We encourage you to explore the benefits and see what best fits your needs and ailments. Talk to the cannabis specialists at Oasis Cannabis to learn more about these effects.

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