Which Cannabinoids Are Right For You?
There are a variety of cannabinoids out there. From CBD to THC to Delta-8, it may be difficult to choose the perfect cannabinoid products for you. That's where we come in!
As experts on all things cannabis, we'll guide you to the perfect cannabinoids for your health regimens. Each cannabinoid has unique characteristics, effects, and side effects. Understanding how each one affects you personally can positively impact your overall wellness.
But before we begin…
What Are Cannabinoids, Exactly?
Cannabinoids are natural compounds. They come directly from the cannabis plant. Remember: the term "cannabis" refers to BOTH hemp and marijuana, often called cousins in the plant world. Manufacturers extract cannabinoids from cannabis plants, using these natural compounds to create the wonderful products you know and love.
CBD and THC are the most easily recognizable (and most popular) cannabinoids. People have used these compounds for millennia, treating a variety of physical and mental ailments. The most common modern uses for cannabinoids include:
- Fighting inflammation
- Increasing appetite
- Promoting homeostasis
- Reducing stress, anxiety, and depression
- Treating mild to chronic pain
Contemporary applications aside, people throughout history have used cannabis to treat everything from earaches to migraines to snake bites. Oddly enough, some of these uses still hold up against modern medical practices. (Not snake bites, go to the doctor immediately!)
So Which Cannabinoids Should You Use?
As we said earlier, all cannabinoids offer slightly different effects. In addition, we are all individuals, meaning we require unique treatment options to fit our personal health and wellness goals. For example, some of us suffer from anxiety but don't want to experience intoxicating side effects. If you fall into this group, you're perfect for CBD treatment! However, if you need something with a little extra kick and don't mind mildly intoxicating compounds, Delta-8 gummies might be right for you.
Let's take a look at each of the cannabinoids commonly available on the legal marketplace. We hope that this guide will help you to find the right cannabinoid products for you. We'll also let you know which of these cannabinoids you can purchase right here at CBD Choice! If we don't carry it, we'll let you know why, as well as if we plan to carry it in the future.
Let's get started!
CBD: It's In Our Name– Obviously We Love It
As you might have guessed, we have a vested interest in CBD. I mean, it's in our name! That said, CBD is one of the most accessible cannabinoids out there. For starters, it's non-intoxicating, meaning you won't feel the stereotypical "high" associated with marijuana, a necessity for many users.
On top of its non-intoxicating nature, CBD is often hailed as a wonder-compound, able to tackle various ailments or offer an effective wellness supplement. You see, CBD is renowned for its potent anti-inflammatory properties. It can also effectively reduce symptoms of anxiety, depression, and other mental health-related issues.
If that wasn't enough, CBD products are perhaps the most versatile on the market. They come in many forms, including:
- CBD oil tinctures
- CBD topicals
- CBD edibles
- CBD drinks
- CBD capsules & pills
- CBD vape products
- CBD concentrates
- CBD for pets
THC: Marijuana's Misunderstood Compound
Let's get one thing straight: THC induces psychoactive, intoxicating side effects. There's no disputing that. However, this cannabinoid has also been persecuted for generations with unjust government regulations and anti-cannabis media campaigns that stigmatize the compound.
THC is not evil, no matter what the federal government wants you to believe. In fact, THC is known to have many of the same beneficial properties as CBD. For example, THC can help fight inflammation, reduce anxiety, and so much more.
So is THC right for you? It depends. For starters, you must be okay with feeling the intoxicating side effects. In addition, THC is only legal in a handful of states. If you live somewhere where medical or recreational marijuana are illegal, we do not recommend using THC products. Legal THC is regulated, tested for contaminants, and generally considered safe for use. Street weed is NOT.
At this time, we do not sell THC products at CBD Choice. As an online retailer, we are not allowed to sell THC. Furthermore, THC legislation varies by state. If we were to offer THC goods, we'd have a logistics nightmare of determining where we can sell certain products and where we cannot. Maybe one day legislation will allow us to offer THC products, but for now, stick to safe and responsible marijuana dispensaries in your state.
Delta-8: The New Kid on the Block
An interesting new addition to the world of cannabinoid treatment options, the full name for this cannabinoid is Delta-8-THC. If you didn't already know, traditional THC is known scientifically as Delta-9-THC, a slight variation. Delta-8 (as it's known for short) has some similarities and differences when compared to THC.
Delta-8 shares a similar chemical structure to THC but offers less psychoactivity, meaning less of a "high," in layman's terms. However, Delta-8 is NOT non-intoxicating like CBD. In fact, users report feeling mild euphoria after ingestion but not intoxicated as they'd feel after ingesting marijuana.
And according to the National Cancer Institute, Delta-8 offers some unique effects. This cannabinoid exhibits anxiolytic and analgesic properties like other cannabinoids, but offers antiemetic and neuroprotective benefits as well.
We recommend Delta-8 products to people that have tried CBD but feel that CBD products aren't potent enough to meet their needs. In addition, Delta-8 is perfect for nighttime cannabinoid users, as the mildly intoxicating effects tend to put users in a state of relaxation. Furthermore, if you think THC's intoxicating side effects are too strong and want something a little calmer, Delta-8 may be right for you.
What Delta-8 products are available at CBD Choice? You can find a variety of delicious Delta-8 gummies, brought to you by some of the leading brands on the market.
CBG: Known as the Mother Cannabinoid
CBD, THC, and Delta-8 currently dominate the cannabinoid marketplace. There is only so much research available on cannabinoids, so it's generally easier to use these three over another, lesser-known cannabinoid. However, that doesn't mean more obscure cannabinoids should be ignored!
Enter CBG, known as the "Mother Cannabinoid." Its name derives from the pharmacological process of cannabinoid inception: when cannabis plants are growing, CBG is the first noticeable cannabinoid present. CBG molecules – when exposed to air, sunlight, or other chemical processes – become other cannabinoids. For example, a newborn cannabis plant contains a large concentration of CBG; as that plant grows, the CBG molecules transform into CBD, THC, and other cannabinoids. Neat, right?
And CBG has a variety of unique benefits that other cannabinoids may not. This includes:
- Fighting the symptoms of Huntington's disease
- Improving bladder functionality
- Mediating symptoms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
- Offering antibacterial properties
- Reducing glaucoma-related symptoms
You can find a handful of CBG products at CBD Choice! These products often come as a combination of both CBD and CBG. We recommend this cannabinoid to anyone who wants to try something different– you don't have to suffer from one of the above ailments to use CBG! In fact, some CBD has turned to CBG, claiming it offers stronger effects. But again, we're all different: what works for one person might not work for you.
CBN: The Sleepiest of Cannabinoids
Last but certainly not least, CBN, known as the sleepy cannabinoid. CBN is unique: it is primarily used for sleep. However, this cannabinoid only occurs naturally in tiny amounts. Because of this, CBN is often found in combination with other cannabinoids like CBD.
If you struggle with sleep, suffer from insomnia or related symptoms, or just want to fall asleep faster, then CBN might be right for you! At CBD Choice, you can find a variety of CBN-infused products from some of our favorite manufacturers.
Which Cannabinoid Are You Going to Try Next?
We hope that learning about these common cannabinoids has piqued your interest. If you try a new cannabinoid, let us know about your experience in the comments! We strive to bring you the most up-to-date information so that you can make informed decisions regarding your health and wellness.