CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) are the two most well known cannabinoids. Both can be found in cannabis or hemp plants. THC is often found in ranges from 10-20% in many of todays cannabis strains and it is responsible for the high you experience when using cannabis. CBD doesn’t have any psychoactive effects and has found it’s way onto the shelves of High Street health stores with people using it for a wide variety of reasons.
Does CBD work without THC?
Yes it does. CBD can be isolated from THC. Or you can grow CBD rich strains of hemp/cannabis which are very low in THC. In order for CBD oil/CBD products to be legally sold they need to be very low (or free from) THC.
THC or CBD for anxiety?
Good question! Different people have different preferences when it comes to CBD vs THC. Some people prefer CBD with no THC. This means that you don’t experience a cannabis high. CBD without THC means that you can continue to function and work normally without feeling high. But some people prefer a THC rich experience to deal with anxiety.
For other people, THC can make their anxiety feel worse. These people would prefer CBD oil with no THC present at all. If you have ever wondered how much THC is in CBD oil then you can usually expect THC to be below 0.3%. It’s difficult to completely eliminate THC, but it can be reduced to trace quantities through careful selection of the type of hemp/cannabis cultivar used.
Does CBD work for anxiety?
According to some people it does, though science hasn’t yet been able to explain the precise biochemical mechanism for this. It’s worth adding that it sometimes isn’t a case of CBD vs THC. For some people, using a cannabis variety (or a cannabis oil) with a 1:1 ratio of THC:CBD can be a great compromise, allowing the best of both worlds.
These days you can buy autoflowering seeds, or feminised seeds, of cannabis strains which produce a roughly 1:1 ratio of THC and CBD in the buds. Typically you might expect around 10% CBD and the same amount of THC. This gives a high, but not the same kind of powerful high which you might expect from a 20% THC cannabis strain.
CBD vs THC, whats right for you?
Often people will experiment with the CBD levels which work best from them and their personal needs. For some pure CBD seems to be the best. For others a powerful 20%+ THC variety is all that will really do the job. More recently, cannabis seeds which produce plants with a 1:1 THC:CBD ratio have become very popular as people seek a balance between CBD and THC. It’s worth trying a few different combinations to see which works best for you. Each person is different with their own unique endo cannabinoid system. That means we all have slightly different way of using and experiencing cannabinoids. So take your time, and find out the best cannabinoid profile for you and your needs.