Unlike an over-the-counter drug, medical marijuana has a bit of technical background that it really helps to understand.
The concentrations of CBD, THC and other cannabinoids in a specific plant are determined by its genetics or “strain” in horticultural terms. However, with no governing body providing oversight on the labeling of strains, plants purchased from different dispensaries with the same strain name may have very different cannabinoid ratios—and thus effects.
Promotes relaxation and anti-inflammation but does not cause feelings of euphoria.
Epilepsy, Huntington's disease, Parkinson’s disease
Combines the calming and relaxing effects of CBD with a minor sense of euphoria.
Huntington's disease, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, cancer, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), neuropathies, spinal cord damage
Provides a moderate euphoric effect accompanied by the calming effects of THC.
Epilepsy, Huntington's disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, cancer, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), neuropathies, spinal cord damage
Delivers a strong sensation of euphoria
Nausea, loss of appetite, chronic pain, muscle spasms and spasticity associated with neurodegenerative diseases or spinal cord injuries
There are many ways cannabinoids can be consumed—and the differences are more important than you might expect. To determine which method is best for a particular person, you have to consider several factors, including the lifestyle, medical history and even pharmacological issues, e.g., the first pass effect.