Because there are so many excellent articles and publications regarding the CBD/THC names, strengths, strains and so on, I feel it necessary to help clear up the confusion.
Below you will see my condensed version of what I have learned.
CBD is short for cannabinoid – a compound of the cannabis sativa plant. It has 32 molecules.
THC is short for tetrahydrocannabinoid – a compound of the cannabis sativa plant. It has 34 molecules.
There are more: You will most likely never interact with them,” so I am going to skip listing them. If you insist on knowing them, email me and I will follow up with the list.
Both CBDA and THCA must be put through a process called “decarboxylation” which removes a carboxyl (COOH) and releases carbon dioxide. The process is the application of heat like in fire from a lighter or match or oven.
Just so you are aware of it, your own personal Endocannabinoid System has receptors spread throughout your body similar to receptors of for example … the endocrine system. It is a lock and key function. If the wrong key is trying to enter the lock, it will not activate the receptor.
CBD and THC (actually, all the cannabinoids) have receptors in your body that do one amazing thing. They travel back with information enabling them to be super-duper efficient at resolving your issues quickly. No other body systems do this. They are one way travel and that’s it … only the the endocannabinoids can fire both ways.
The fun details:
Many cannabinoid acids have antibiotic or insecticidal properties used by the plant to protect itself. This in turn protects you.
Heat turns them from acidic to neutral plant cannabinoids. Now they become THC AND CBD.
What matters to you:
If you want to get high recreationally, use THC.
To manage pain, use CBD.
To control autoimmune issues, anxiety or nerve damage you would use a combination of both.
My short summary is to give you the basics. For in-depth details that will confuse the hell out of you but will give some nuggets of insight will be helpful here is the link to the website where I got this information.
But wait! There’s more!
You don’t always get high with THC. In some cases, the pain is so great that all you feel is relief.
CBD used in conjunction with THC will influence the effect of the THC upon you. It might enhance the effect depending once again upon your needs.
Evaluating the efficacy of either compound is entirely dependent on your personal nutritional health, lifestyle and degree of pain management or health needs you have.
The beauty of these cannabinoids is that once you start to apply them to your issue, you make the determination as to what, how much and when you use them.
Side note: Terpenes and flavonoids are not in this discussion but suffice it to say … if there ever came a time when they could make the noxious odor of hemp smell like patchouli, Mrs. Conaway would have pot- potpourri stashed everywhere … the house, the car, at work …
Allow me to stress how important a few purchase qualifiers are.
Only purchase the best you can afford. Here’s why … the market is wide open to deceitful people to contaminate, water down and use cheap inferior weed, carrier oils and poor cleanliness standards when creating product. In other words, it’s all about money.
It’s like the difference between a 5 star restaurant and drive-thru. One takes care and extreme perfection to justify the high cost and one just doesn’t care and rushes it through like a cattle-call to take the money and run.
When purchasing, look at the company website and see if they have documentation. Even if it seems out of date, that may be the last one they have and if you are truly concerned, call them up to verify. Or, trust your venders such as “yours truly” who has done the verification for you.
Crowding the website with stuff that is already available elsewhere is not part of what we do here. Ask for what you want in an email and Mrs. Conaway will be happy to send it.
These are the basics that I get asked about the most and if you have questions, I have answers but we must follow up in an Engagement or vial email. Mrs. Conaway will update this post as needed because she might have overlooked something.
My hope is that I have satisfied your initial concerns about CBD and THC for now and you have enough to make a decision as to whether you want to learn to manage your health or you want to continue with your current practices.
Ps. No one has ever overdosed from this plant. The only addiction that might result from using it is the addiction to becoming pain free at your own discretion.