This week we are breaking down the differences between THC and CBD, while smashing a couple myths along the way.
Welcome to our very first edition of Fla-MYTH-go Busters. Get it? Flamingo+Myth Busters? (No...Okay I tried.) This week we are breaking down the differences between THC and CBD, while smashing a couple myths along the way.
THC stands for Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol which is one of the primary compounds found in the cannabis plant. This is the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, meaning it’s the one that makes you feel high. Now in order for cannabis to activate in your system, it needs to interact with your Endocannabinoid System (huuuuuuuh?), also known as your ECS. The ECS is a biologic system made up of a bajillion (at leeeeeeast) tiny receptors located throughout your body. These are called the CB1 and CB2 receptors. Think of the Endocannabinoid system as a lock and key situation.
When you consume cannabis with any level of THC content, the THC molecules travel to these receptors in your body and act as a key to the CB1 receptors lock. These receptors are mostly concentrated throughout your brain and nervous system. Once the lock has been opened, you will usually begin to feel the euphoric effects attributed to THC. However, due to the complex nature of cannabis, THC and CBD are not “one size fits all” across the board. Each strain carries its own unique ratio of THC to CBD, so depending on the percentage of THC, the effects can vary. If too much THC is consumed, a very undesirable outcome may ensue. Pay attention to your session and your dosage, as well as time since consumption or ingestion to make sure you’re not overdoing it. Everybody has a different biological make-up, so it’s important to remember cannabis can interact very differently from one person to another.
“CBD doesn’t do anything. I only get strains with the highest THC percentage I can find. My tolerance is so high, I can’t get a stoned off anything under 20%”
We all have that one friend that will argue until the end of time that it’s all about THC content. Well, it’s not. Sorry to break it to you, friend, THC ain’t everything. Because of the entourage effect, it’s possible to feel more intoxicated by a 16% strain than a 23% strain. This is because the other compounds in cannabis, like terpenes, can also affect how you feel, and some people react stronger to different terpenes than others. Do your research. Find what works for you. You may enjoy something like the Ghost Train Haze strain or Pedro's Sweet Sativa by Color Cannabis. This beauty of a sativa comes in massive buds with a terpene profile like you've never experienced before. Get ready for the ultimate entourage effect.
Overconsumption of THC is the usual contributing factor to the term known as “Greening Out.” This happens when you consume cannabis, and shortly thereafter begin to feel anywhere from one to many different side effects. The list includes, but is most definitely not limited to, feelings of anxiety or paranoia, dry mouth (aka “pasties”), dizziness or trouble concentrating, and sometimes even vomiting due to nausea. This is why we always stress the importance of starting low and going real slow with your sessions, and why it’s crucial to read the label so you know what you’re getting. We have plenty of options and plenty of ratios available for both consumption and ingestion. New on the shelves this month at Flamingo+ we’ve got tons of new goodies to try like Mango Sativa Sour Soft Chews by WANA, Soft Baked Chocolate Cookies by Aurora Drift, Mango + Myrcene Hybrid THC Oil Tincture by Sync 30, and the super versatile Ripple Dissolve THC Powder by TGOD
FLAMINGO+PRO tip* Greening Out almost ALWAYS happens if you mix cannabis with other intoxicating substances, so if you’re drinking- probbbbbbbbbably don’t spark one up. Just sayin’
Moving on to contestant number two, we have CBD; THC’s partner in crime. Sure they work well separately, but together- a perfect harmony. CBD is the short form of Cannabidiol, also known as the “other” compound in cannabis. This is both true and false. There are over 400 cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant, however due to the high concentration of both THC and CBD found in cannabis compared to every other cannabinoid, these are the two most-researched so far in cannabis history. CBD has long been reported to not carry any psychoactive effects, meaning it doesn’t get you “high”. BUT! Don’t get it twisted- CBD ain’t sleepin’ on us- CBD came to play and slay. Often called a THC “buffer” CBD can produce a major sense of calm and relaxing sensation in high doses, so although it’s not technically intoxicating, it can still make you feel some type of way. Aside from acting as an anxiety buffer, CBD is also a natural anti-inflammatory and has widely been used to help with pain management.
CBD is also a key in your endocannabinoid system, it just doesn’t quite interact with your body the same. Because CBD molecules are a different shape than THC, they don’t bind to the CB1 receptors as well. Meaning they fit- just not properly. Picture a circle peg filling a square hole- that’s basically CBD interacting with CB1 receptors. This is where CB2 receptors come in, also sprinkled throughout your body, just concentrated in different spots than CB1 receptors. You’ll find more CB2 receptors concentrated around your joints, and brain stem. CBD fills in these receptors a little more than THC does. When CBD activates the receptors in your body, this is when you might start to feel those shoulders drop away from your shoulders and feel a little bit of that weight of the world lift off of them as well. For our CBD lovers, we’re digging the Transdermal CBD Cream by LivRelief for those sore muscles. Other CBD products on our radar this month if external cream isn’t your thing are the Dark Chocolate 0:1 CBD by Chowie Wowie, Peach Serene CBD Soft Chews by Aurora Drift and the Free Oral CBD Spray by Solei.
As mentioned, the ratio of CBD to THC varies in each strain, and can also vary a little in each harvest as well. From edibles and flower to oils and softgels - we’ve got the widest selection in Winnipeg and Manitoba, from CBD dominant to 1:1 to THC dominant, we’re happy to find the perfect thing for you at all of our Flamingo+ stores.So come down to our locations on Main and Portage to get what you need.
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