The relief cannabis provides to patients is largely dependent on the cannabinoid and terpenoid composition of the cannabis strain involved. There are many different cannabinoids present in cannabis, of which the most common are THC and CBD. THC is a psychoactive cannabinoid that increases appetite, reduces pain, and promotes rest. CBD is a non-psychoactive compound that relieves anxiety and muscle spasticity, improves moods, and reduces inflammation. CBD also has the ability to buffer the psychoactive effects of THC, so that patients can reap the benefits of both cannabinoids without experiencing as much of a high feeling.
Other lesser known cannabinoids include CBN, which has sedative and anti-asthmatic effects and is beneficial for glaucoma, CBC which stimulates brain growth and acts as an anti-depressant, CBG which is a non-psychoactive antibiotic, THCv which promotes weight loss and provides anti-seizure benefits, and lastly Delta(8)THC, which is less psychoactive than the well-known Delta(9)THC and contains calming properties. Cannabinoids can work together in what is known as the entourage effect in order to provide relief for a myriad of symptoms.
This information has been provided by MassRoots and approved by our Chief Medical Officer.