Cannabinoids for Certain Illnesses
We all know that consuming marijuana has an impact on our body and brain, which can change depending on the quantity or variety that’s consumed. There are different kinds of cannabinoids that have a different effect and a series of unique properties and characteristics. Each strain has a different cannabinoid combination meaning that each cannabis strain has different properties and can be used for different things. Today we’re going to explain which cannabinoids are used for which illnesses so that you can decide for yourself which strain you need.
THC or Delta 9 Tetrahydrocannabinol is the most known and studied cannabinoid considered responsible for most of marijuana’s psychoactive effects. Its effect is known as a “high” and it’s responsible for giving you a colorful, brainy kind of feeling.
- Within range of therapeutic properties. THC is capable of reducing vomiting and nausea, as well as working as a pain killer. All three of these properties make it ideal to treat chemotherapy patients’ side effects. It also has anti-tumor properties, and can be used to treat certain kinds of cancer.
- It’s also known that THC can prevent illnesses related to age and brain degeneration like Alzheimer’s.
- You can also use it to induce sleep, making it an effective way to treat patients with insomnia.
- It reduces epileptic episodes as well as being used to treat chronic illnesses like multiple sclerosis or Crohn’s disease.
- It also reduces artery pressure, making it perfect to treat glaucoma.
- It helps people with asthma to breathe better, acting as a bronchodilator.
CBD or Cannabidiol is the cannabinoid most used in medicine due to the fact that it’s not illegal. We have a wide range of products available that contain CBD. It has a sedative effect, but unlike THC it works physically rather than mentally. Within the most studied cannabinoids, CBD seems to appear the least in cannabis plants, although some strains can have CBD as the predominant cannabinoid.
- This cannabinoid is the most effective when it comes to pain relief, acting as an impressive pain killer.
- It can increase appetite as well as calm nausea and vomiting.
- It’s a powerful muscle relaxant.
- It’s a better antioxidant than vitamin C.
- It helps reduce effects caused by illnesses like fibromyalgia or Crohn’s disease.
- It reduces arterial tension, artery obstruction, spasms and convulsions.
- It helps fight psoriasis and acne.
- It reduced anxiety, depression and psychosis, meaning that it can be used to treat schizophrenia.
- It’s a great way to combat insomnia.
- It lengthens the life-span of brains cells, helping prevent illnesses like brain degeneration.
- It stimulates bone growth.
- It calms small intestine contractions, making it perfect for irritable bowel disease or Crohn’s disease.
- This cannabinoid is the cannabinoid with the most anti-tumor properties, putting a break on the development of certain types of cancers.
- It puts a stop to any new tumors appearing.
CBN or Cannabinol is what THC turns into when it’s degraded, therefore it still has some psychoactive effects although a lot less potent than THC. CBN offers a slight high with about 10% of the power of THC. When a strain has a high THC-CBN ratio the consumer gets a much clearer high without feeling stoned, although if consumed in excess the effects are much more potent.
- It’s a strong pain killer, three times as strong as aspirin and even more powerful than THC.
- It’s extremely helpful for those suffering from AIDS, acting as an inmunosurpressor, decreasing the degeneration of the immune system.
THCV or Tretrahydrocannavibarin is a cannabinoid that makes THC even more potent, causing more intense and faster effects which last a bit less. It can intensify THC’s effects by 25% but the effect will only last half of what it would usually last.
- This is the only cannabinoid capable of getting rid of an appetite, meaning that it can be used to treat obesity or diabetes.
- It works well for calming pain, making it a more effective pain killer than THC.
- It stimulates healthy bone growth.
- It reduces arterial pressure and convulsions.
CBC or Cannabichromene is a cannabinoid that not many people know about and it hasn’t really been studied yet. It can be found in quantities of 1% or lower, making it a quite scarce cannabinoid that is only found in specific strains.
- It has some extremely powerful antidepressant properties, up to 10 times stronger than CBD.
- It can be used to treat insomnia.
- It also limits certain types of cancer from progressing, acting as an anti-tumor medicine.
- This cannabinoid is amazing for treating illnesses like Alzheimer due to the fact that it helps fight brain degeneration, lengthening the life of your brains main cells.
CBG or Cannabigerol is a cannabinoid that acts as a precursor to THC and CBD, making it extremely hard to find in any strains, and if you do manage to find it, it will always be a percentage less than 1%.
- It is an extremely potent antibacterial and antibiological cannabinoid, giving better results than THC, CBD or CBN.
- It also works well as a pain killer and anti-inflammatory, better than THC but not as good as CBD.
- It stimulates growth in your bones.
- It can be used to treat glaucoma or Crohn’s disease.
- It also stops certain types of cancer from progressing, acting as an anti-tumor cannabinoide.
Usually, seed banks tend to give a lot of importance to THC-CBD combinations, except for particular cases in which they will provide you with a complete analysis of the strain so that you can know exactly what cannabinoids it contains. New cannabinoids are being discovered still, and for now there are over 80 kinds of cannabinoid so maybe, little by little, seed banks will begin giving more information on cannabinoid concentration for each strain.
Translation: Ciara Murphy