Thanks for the recommendation, Sky.
I've been out of the weed scene for 25 years and really just started up again, this year. The strains available now is mind boggling. I have an 1/8th of this shit called "sexy" from the dispensary, that literally puts my dick in the dirt and plants it there if I have more than one hoot off bud... one hoot still pretty heady and not productive at all, reminds me why I quit in the first place..
Whilst I must agree with you that our "best of the 80's" bud is but shwagg compared to these new strains, the various effects are also quite different between strains. Remember, the THC that gets you "high" is just one component of a very complex plant morphology, and lets not forget there are several "Delta" varieties of THC, Delta-9 being the most commonly talked about. Here is some inforamtion about just a few of the various components of modern day bud:
1. Cannabidiol (CBD)
CBD is the current poster child for the medicinal marijuana movement in the United States. It is rapidly becoming as well-known as THC. This cannabinoid has received much attention due to its powerful physical effects and to the fact that it is the second most common cannabinoid in marijuana after THC.
Is CBD Psychoactive? Not even a bit. That’s its big appeal: the medicinal effects of smoking marijuana without the high. CBD even reduces the effects of THC.
Medicinal Effects of CBD: Where to begin? CBD is used to treat pain, inflammation, stress and epilepsy. It is useful for treating nausea associated with chemotherapy, lowers blood sugar and is calming for those suffering insomnia or anxiety.
Food for Thought: While CBD is undeniably a useful molecule and one well worth studying, its interactions with other cannabinoids and terpenes should be kept in mind. Many scientists and medical marijuana promoters are touting it as the source of all the positive effects cannabis has to offer. Yet marijuana is a complex plant. It is likely that many of its effects are actually the result of interactions between the numerous cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids and other molecules that make up a tasty bud.
2. Cannabigerol (CBG)
If we’re being honest, we have CBG is to thank for all the delightful and medicinal effects of marijuana. This is essentially the stem cell of all cannabinoids- it is the precursor to THC, CBD, CBC and the rest. Recently scientists have discovered that CBG itself is potent medicine.
Is CBG Psychoactive? No, you can’t get stoned on CBG alone. However, it can become THC and THCV, the two molecules that will get you high.
Medicinal Effects of CBG: Much like CBD, this cannabinoid inhibits the uptake of a chemical called GABA in the brain. This results in muscle relaxation and anti-anxiety effects.
A new study shows that CBG is also a COX-2 inhibitor. This is the same mechanism that aspirin, ibuprofen and other NSAIDs use to combat inflammation. Even better, CBG comes with much fewer side effects than these common drugs. In particular, it is much kinder to your liver.
3. Cannabichromene (CBC)
CBC is present in most strains in small amounts. It has medicinal effects similar to CBD, but is 10 times as effective at treating anxiety and stress. Because it lingers in your blood stream for a long time, a little bit of CBC can have a long-lasting effect.
Is CBC Psychoactive? Nope, scientists hope create CBC medications that relieve symptoms without getting you high.
Medicinal Effects of CBC: CBC is a more effective anti-inflammatory agent than the potent drug phenylbutazone, according to one study. It’s also anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. CBC slows tumor growth, stimulates bone growth and eases headaches.
Move over CBD! This cannabinoid deserves a lot of credit for the medicinal benefits of marijuana.
The Coolest Thing about CBC: A University of Mississippi study shows that CBC actually promotes brain growth. Unlike alcohol, cocaine, opiates or other recreational drugs which suppress neurogenesis, or the development of new brain cells, marijuana actually boosts this process thanks to action of CBC.
4. Cannabinol (CBN)
When THC meets oxygen you get CBN. Have you ever smoked really old weed or some that was poorly cured? If so then you’re already familiar with the tranquilizing effects of this cannabinoid.
Is CBN Psychoactive? No. Well, not really. It makes you feel a little high, but all that heavy sleepiness overwhelms any psychoactive influence.
Medicinal Effects of CBN: This is a powerful sedative. CBN shows promise in treating insomnia and nerve pain, and one study suggests it has promise for glaucoma patients.
More or Less CBN? It’s Up to You: You can choose how much CBN your cannabis contains. If you want the knock-out sedation and heavy pain killing effects, just leave your bud exposed to the air. But be careful. The effects of CBN are often described as a sensation of being strongly drugged. Unless you are suffering from chronic insomnia or terrible nerve pain you probably don’t want to encourage CBN production.
5. Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV)
THCV, as you might suspect from its name, is a cannabinoid very similar to THC. In fact, the two molecules are nearly identical, though the ways they are synthesized in the marijuana plant are distinct and lead to some pretty important differences.
Is THCV Psychoactive? Yes! Perhaps even more so than our old friend THC. THCV produces a clear, euphoric high that is often described as psychedelic.
Medicinal Effects of THCV: Surprising for a cannabis component, THCV is actually being investigated as an anti-obesity drug. Unlike THC which induces the munchies, this cannabinoid suppresses appetite.
THCV has been shown useful at reducing tremors resulting from Parkinson’s Disease and other neurological disorders.
Looking for a THCV High? When you couple the words bright, cerebral, energetic, creative or euphoric with “high” do any strains in particular come to mind? You’re right. African Landrace Sativas like Durban Poison are really high THCV, as are most of the Haze strains.
Now, in the old days (and still found in current drug references) is this bit of incorrect information:
Delta-9-THC and Delta-8-THC are the only compounds in the marijuana plant that produce all the psychoactive effects of marijuana. Because Delta-9-THC is much more abundant than Delta-8-THC, the psychoactivity of marijuana has been attributed largely to the effects of Delta-9-THC
So there are at least 9 different delta varieties of THC, probably more, and 8 and 9 were tagged as the only "psychoactive" but as can be seen from the first quote, that is not really the case.
Let us also not forget that even if a particular component is not psychoactive alone, well... neither are the two components of Ayauasca - taken alone neither of the plant materials in that mix will get you remotely high, just sick most likely. But alchemically, when processed together you can then travel to outer space and multidimensional realms. All that to say, there are strains of Pot out there that may, as you say "put your dick in the dirt" there are others that will put it right where you want it to be and for a very long time.
Edited by SteampunkScientist, 03 January 2018 - 08:30 AM.