Growing cannabis is more complex than you think. Scientist are finding out more and more about the green plant and have officially identified five primary components of medicinal benefits. People use it to primarily treat chronic pain and nausea. Studies have shown that it can help with many different health issues as well as prevent the need to take harmful drugs.
The compound, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the chemical found in cannabis that causes that euphoric high we all love. Apart from the psychoactive recreational effects some people chase, it has a wide variety of medicinal purposes.
Cannabidiol has become nearly as well-known as THC in recent years, largely due to CBD’s effectiveness as a medicine. One of its main benefits as a treatment is that it’s non-psychoactive, making it more appealing to a greater number of patients than THC.
CBD acts as an anti-inflammatory and anti-psychotic; it can also help control nausea. The compound is already being used to treat arthritis and mood disorders, and has also shown great potential in aiding cancer treatment.
THC is formed when tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA) is left to dry. THCA itself is not psychoactive, but may still harbour some of the same medical properties as THC. This means patients can take much larger doses of THCA than they can of THC. Some proponents suggest that juicing raw marijuana is the best way to extract the THCA from the plant to treat immune system conditions like lupus.
CBN, or cannabinol, is a further degradation of the THCA compound that is created when THC is exposed to oxygen and light. On its own, CBN produces much milder psychoactive effects than THC, but CBN can increase THC’s psychoactive effects in patients. It has been used as an anti-spasmodic and can help those suffering from glaucoma, inflammation or insomnia. You may feel groggy or dizzy from CBN.
Another non-psychoactive compound, cannabichromene (CBC) is the second most abundant compound found in marijuana. CBC has antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties. It has also been shown to stimulate brain growth as well as potentially inhibit tumors and fight cancer.