By: Anne-Marie Fischer
Founder of CannaWrite
This is a myth that CannaWrite wants to bust for the benefit of medical cannabis as well as the users of cannabis in this new legal recreational cannabis era. CBD, or cannabidiol, has been taking front stage in the medical cannabis movement due to its incredible medical properties, yet this is leaving its sister cannabinoid THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) to be left in the dark in the medical cannabis discourse. THC needs to come to light for medical cannabis!
We all know by now that THC is responsible for the psychoactive effect of cannabis, where strains ranging around 20% THC would be considered high-THC potency. While some people desire the effects of THC for the psychoactive effect, more are using high THC cannabis strains to ease symptoms of serious medical conditions. THC’s incredible medical benefits include easing nausea, stimulating appetite, relieving insomnia through allowing for restfulness, reducing spasticity and physical ticks, among other things. THC and CBD also have a very interesting relationship with each other. THC helps to enhance the medicinal effects of CBD by increasing its efficacy. CBD can also counteract the psychoactivity of THC; you’re feeling a bit “too elevated” from the effects of THC, CBD can be used to bring that feeling down to a more comfortable level. Users of Canada’s medical cannabis program report that high-THC strains are used for many different medical symptoms like insomnia, chronic pain, anxiety and depression, and is receiving research attention for its neuroprotective properties and its potential for treatment of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease. High-THC strains are often used when there has been a tolerance level reached by medicinal patients that requires more THC to get the same medicinal effects, while newer users are beginning to recognize the powerful place THC has in pursuing cannabis for medical purposes. Mental health professionals tell individuals who struggle with anxiety and depression to opt for CBD-rich strains that will help counteract some of the potency of the THC, while allowing you to receive the medicinal benefits of your THC. Lift & Co recently published an article Why High-THC Strains Are Crucial For Some Medical Consumers where they provided a list of the best high-THC strains used by Canadians to treat a variety of medical issues. https://lift.co/magazine/high-thccannabis
In this new era of recreational cannabis, THC still deserves to take center stage, right beside CBD, when discovering and communicating the benefits of medicinal cannabis.