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Marijuana Strain Information

Herbert Einstrain

Herbert Einstrain
PhD, Strainography

We all know marijuana is an effective medicine for pain, nausea, vomiting, seizures, and countless other symptoms of serious medical conditions. But what is it about weed that makes you feel so good? It all comes down to cannabinoids.

Cannabinoids are essentially the active compounds in cannabis. But they're not just in cannabis: they are in every living animal on the planet. Cannabinoids become "activated" through a cannabinoid receptor system that's ingrained throughout the immune, digestive, reproductive, central and peripheral nervous system of humans and animals. One could argue then that the human body is hard-wired to use marijuana as a medicine.

There are 85 known cannabinoids in cannabis, but THC, CBD and CBN are reputed to be the most medicinal. And they're also the most prevalent natural cannabinoids in cannabis. That's why we detail the percentages of these cannabinoids as well as two other top players for each strain so you'll know exactly what's in your weed. Here's a breakdown of the cannabinoids in your buds:

THC: (Delta-9 Tetrahydrocannabinol)

THC is the most psychologically active compound in cannabis, and it is also one of the most therapeutic. THC has analgesic, anti-spasmodic, anti-tremor, anti-inflammatory, appetite stimulant and anti-emetic properties that are used for a variety of ailments such as: eating disorders, side effects of chemotherapy, multiple sclerosis, spasticity, seizures and more. Additionally, THC has been found to reduce tumor growth and reduce the progression of atherosclerosis in mice.

THCV: (Tetrahydrocannabivarin)

Unlike straight THC, the cannabinoid THCV can actually block CB1 receptors in your endocannabinoid regulatory system - which means it has no psychoactive qualities. THCV does bind with and activate CB2 receptors, which means it may have beneficial effects on some autoimmune disorders. It's also a powerful antioxidant that can kill free radicals. Research shows that it has great potential for treating Parkinson's disease, and it will likely play a major role in future treatments of cardiometabolic diseases and obesity. In 2007, GW Pharmaceuticals announced that it will continue to research THCV as a potential cannabinoid treatment for type 2 diabetes and related metabolic disorders.

CBD (Cannabidiol)

CBD is a non-psychoctive component of marijuana, which means it is not intoxicating. It is believed that the presence of CBD in cannabis may moderate the euphoric effects of THC. CBD has anti-inflammatory, anti-biotic, anti-depressant, anti-psychotic, anti-oxidant, sedative, and immunomodulatory properties, and appears to relieve convulsions, inflammation, anxiety, and nausea. It also works in conjunction with THC to treat chronic pain. In 2001, GW Pharmaceuticals found that only a combination of CBD and THC offered analgesic effects for MS patients. Taken alone, neither CBD nor THC was as effective in treating chronic pain as they were in combination.

CBN (Cannabinol)

CBN is a physiologically inactive crystalline cannabinoid that turns into non- tetrahydrocanabinol (THC), the most psychoactive element in cannabis. It's also produced as THC ages and breaks down, in a process called oxidization. It's reported that high levels of CBN can make the user feel "messed up" rather than high. So store your medicine in a dark, cool, airtight environment to keep CBN levels to a minimum.

CBC (Cannabichromene)

Oftentimes, cannabinoids work together to create the healing properties of pot. CBC is a good example of this, as it promotes the effects of THC. CBC also has sedative and analgesic effects. It bears structural similarity to the other natural cannabinoids, including tetrahydrocannabinol, tetrahydrocannabivarin, cannabidiol, and cannabinol, among others. Evidence has suggested that Cannabichromene may play a role in the anti-inflammatory and anti-viral effects of cannabis, and may contribute to the overall analgesic effects of medical cannabis.