Every marijuana user has a strain that they prefer due to taste or effects or a combination of the two. But now some researchers are saying your favorite strain isn't really that different from any others.
Researchers from the University of British Columbia say that all marijuana strains are basically the same when it comes down to THC and CBD content. THC is the compound in cannabis that produces the psychoactive effects, while CBD is the compound that contributes to the medical benefits. Most dispensaries label what percentage CBD or THC is in their cannabis, but these researchers are saying it's basically meaningless.
The researchers looked at 33 strains from five different marijuana producers and found that the THC and CBD content of all 33 were basically indistinguishable. They even compared Indica and Sativa strains, which are known to produce two different experiences, and found they were also mostly similar.
So the idea that one strain with a high amount of CBD providing more medical benefits than another strain is a lie, according to these researchers.
This doesn't mean that all marijuana strains are necessarily the same. There are over 100 cannabinoids besides THC and CBD in marijuana, so it's possible some of the less advertised cannabinoids are actually doing more of the work and contributing to the differences between marijuana strains.
But this does indicate that perhaps more research should be conducted to figure out what is actually producing the benefits in cannabis.