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CBD vs. THC - What are the Differences?

Posted by CANNASaver on Sunday, 18 September 2016 in Canna Blog

Differences Between CBD and THC


To explain the difference between CBD and THC it's important to first know what these abbreviated symbols mean and then explore what each compound is made of and it's effect on the human body.

CBD is short for Cannabidiol.  Why CBD instead of CNL? Who know's. There's still worldwide confusion over the term "jumbo shrimp".

Cannabidiol is a natural compound within the Cannabis sativa plant. As scientist continue to research the many different types of cannabis plants, scientist are also discovering the chemical properties that make up the plants. Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of several hundred compounds found within the chemical structure of the sativa plant. It has become popular due to its effects on the human brain and body.

THC is short for Tetrahydrocannabinol. Now this abbreviation makes a lot more sense. The t, the h, and the c are all right there standing front faced at attention as proud members of the american english alpha-bet should be!

THC is the chemical compound in cannabis that produces the "high" effect. CBD on the other hand, does not produce   a "high" feeling like THC.

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is probably the most popular compound in cannabis because it is the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. Psychoactive is anything capable of affecting mental activity. It's a chemical substance that changes brain function and results in alterations in perception, mood, or consciousness.  It's the chemical that leads to various euphorias felt within the body and brain.  Some  examples of psychoactive substances most people have heard of include LSD, cocaine, crack cocaine, methylphenidate (Ritalin), and ephedrine to name a few. Both THC and CBD  interact with the cannabinoid receptors found in the human body.

Hundreds of different cannabinoids have been isolated from the Cannabis plant. Cannabinoids in simple terms are chemical compounds that act on cannabinoid receptors in cells within biological systems.    

The human body has what is called an Endocannabinoid system.  Cannabinoid receptors are located throughout the body connected to this system.   Having a well-functioning endocannabinoid system is vital for human health. It is responsible for many of body's physiological processes such pain-sensation, mood, memory and appetite.  

With this understanding, one may ask, what are the benefits of using one over the other.  The answer would have to be based on each individual's preference.  A look at a few of the other differences point out that CBD is technically legal because it does not produce the psychoactive “high” effect that THC does.

CBD is widely used for medical purposes and especially important for children and elderly patients who may be greatly helped by the cannabis plant but certainly would not and should not have any substance that would affect mental activity.

THC on the other hand produces a 'high' that people just love and it's high time the cannabis plant is respected for all the medicinal, social and financial benefits it produces.

The one thing about CBD and THC that is most impressive, is that you can try them both and see what works best for you!


Enjoy the Now!

MrD.

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Best Sativa Strains of All Time

Best Sativa Strains of All Time

Posted by CANNASaver on Saturday, 12 December 2020 in Canna Blog

Do you ever find yourself working your butt off at work or cramming for a test the night before realizing how badly you need a delightful weed break? You want to take a few quick rips from the bowl in your pocket but you think I don’t really want to get too stoned, lose focus, and relax too much. It is easy for cannabis enthusiasts to fall into stereotypes of the lazy/too chill smoker from your favorite stoner film. Alas, the answer becomes clear – you just need an awesome, dare you say, best sativa strain of all time. A sativa strain to get you socializing, energized, and uplifted in no time. 

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The Sativa

Sativa dominant strains of cannabis offer a lot of terms of being a functional stoner. The sativa effect works to boost energy, increase focus, and raise creativity levels. Sativas have an added benefit of increasing serotonin helping to treat medical conditions such as depression, chronic pain, and anxiety.

As anxiety crosses your mind, you remember someone once saying, “Sativas freak me out”. Sativa strains are more prone to cause paranoia in less experienced users. But, breathe in with a sigh of relief as we find you the best sativa strains of all time based on levels of energy and for those with anxiety issues.

Best Sativa Strains for Dealing with Anxiety

Best to start here as later sativas in this list might not be for you.

Blue Dream

As the name entails, Blue Dream enters with a full body calm and gentle cerebral invigoration. BD packs a powerful buzz without rendering yourself too high. The strain offers swift relief without a feeling of being sedated.

Maui Wowie

Ah yes, a true classic. Mauie Wowie swipes the senses with tropical flavors and mellow island vibes. The strain dispels stress with a high energy euphoria. Maui Wowie sends you straight to absolute paradise, keeping you surfing for hours.

Chocolope

Sweet, sweet Chocolope, every bit as delicious as the name implies. Being a cross of Chocolate Thai and Cannalope haze, Chocolope gives a sweet coffee taste with sweet after tones. This delightful strain offers dreamy euphoric cerebral shifts and will leave you grinning all day long.

Strawberry Cough

Before we leave the candy shop, Strawberry Cough is another mild sativa offering a lot in terms of taste and smell. Exceptionally delicious, SC is surrounded by fragrant berry scents and berry flavors. Strawberry Cough will leave you happy-go-lucky as you sweeten your day.

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Best Sativa Strains for Creativity

Now for those without the worry of anxiety/paranoia, let’s look at heavier hitting sativa strains for those seeking creativity.

Sour Diesel

Incredibly popular, Sour Diesel is a 90% sativa dominant strain. Sour Diesel is full of citrus flavor and gassy smells. This fast-acting sativa is great for an all-day bake of creativity. Sour diesel is a long-lasting strain that will leave you stress-free and relieve pain.

Purple Haze

A well-known favorite of musician Jimi Hendrix, Purple Haze is absolutely legendary. The strain is covered in vibrant, purple hairs with sweet hints of berry and spice. Disorienting and psychedelic, Purple Haze offers creative inspiration with an enjoyable sensory experience all in your brain.

Alaskan Thunder Fuck

Excuse our language but Alaskan Thunder Fuck is an absolute legend. Though tracking it down is decently tricky. ATF is absolutely gorgeous with extremely large buds and a glistening, frosty exterior. This sativa strain will leave you with a great heady, creative buzz.

Golden Goat

With the "Midas touch," Golden Goat gleams with a beauty you’d swear was actually gold. The GG scent is known to be sweet, spicy, and sour. The flavor is enchantingly tropical. The high is strong and able to be felt from head to toe. Golden Goat is clear-headed and creative.

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Best Sativa Strains for Energy

Last but certainly not least, for those who need a nice jolt, we will thoroughly examine the best sativa strains of all time, for energy specifically.

Jack Herer

Jack Herer is named after the well known Emperor of Cannabis. Jack Herer is a cross between Skunk, Northern Lights, and Haze. The strain is extremely potent usually being between 15-24% THC. With a spicy aroma, JH has an enhancing ability with no massive comedown.

Pineapple Express

Pineapple Express will, simply put, make your day better. The satisfying sativa has an astonishingly thrilling smell, comparable to an apple or mango. The taste is as close to pineapple, pine, and cedar as you can get. Pineapple Express has a long-lasting, energetic high while heightening the sense to the fullest.

Durban Poison

Forget your morning coffee? Durban Poison covers the gap like a shot of espresso. The sativa strain hits hard and remains powerful from start to finish. Side effects may include: being productive, the need to explore, energy, and uplifting thoughts/feelings for hours.

Moby Dick

Thar she blows! Like Captain Ahab’s obsession, Moby Dick is an absolute sight to be seen. The sativa strain is a cross between Haze and White Widow, with THC levels often reaching up to 27%. The smell is an intoxicating citrus one and the flavor is one of sweetness with hints of vanilla. Moby Dick is euphoric, body numbing, and sometimes even trippy. Moby Dick will provide focus and energy as you hunt your white whale all voyage long. Great for adventures.

Green Crack

Don’t let the name fool you, this sativa is 100% energizing marijuana. Green Crack is the definition of pure energy and focus. The strain has mango flavors and smells potent enough to fill a room. Green Crack has a super surge of cerebral effects and sharpened focus. Green Crack is a great daytime strain helping fight fatigue and stress.

Hopefully, by now, you will have found the perfect sativa for your needs. Allowing you to feel sufficiently able to plow right through your day. By looking at the best sativa strains of all time, you will know which sativa strain feels right for you.

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