Aficionados of the mighty Cannabis plant usually have a dual attraction towards the herb: they like it for its medicinal benefits, as well as the effects it produces when consumed. Simply put, people who love marijuana learned to acknowledge its wide array of benefits, regardless of the intended goal of use.
In your journey through the exploration of the plant and its uses, you may have heard of the term cannabinoids. Cannabinoids are compounds developed by cannabis and chief responsible chemicals for its popularity during its 10,000 year history.
But the weird thing about cannabinoids is that there’s too many of them to know ‘em all by heart. There are more than 100 unique cannabinoids inside each and every plant, so knowing each in detail is next to impossible for most people.
Thankfully, there is no need to know them all — you only need to know two. See, even though there’s a lot of them, only two cannabinoids are the most prominent. That’s THC and CBD.
Replicating the duality of the universe itself, THC and CBD are completely opposite in the effects they produce. THC is the main psychoactive ingredient inside Cannabis. It induces that very known feeling of euphoria, head rush, and buzzing. CBD counteracts that with its soothing and relaxing effects.
When it comes to medicinal use, however, THC and CBD are simply amazing when combined. Together, they promote homeostasis on a cellular level, thus regulating hundreds of processes inside our bodies: sleep, pain perception, inflammation are just some of the few important ones.
Recently, we came across a neat visual breakdown of the main differences between THC and CBD that will definitely be useful for further education on this topic.
Check it out below:
As you can see, the trick to using THC and CBD effectively mostly lies in choosing the right ratio. As the Greencamp team suggested, a ratio of 1:1 is perfect for medicinal use (most of the time) as it ensures maximum benefits from both of these cannabinoids.
Getting the dosage and the ratio right is a bit tricky at first, but through trial and error everyone can do it.
The key thing here is to educate before you medicate. There are now doctors specializing in cannabis in states where the plant is legal, so getting a consultation is never a bad route.