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Analyzing the Different Types of Cannabis

Analyzing the Different Types of Cannabis
December 16, 2020 Tom Clark

Have you ever wondered about the different types of cannabis products that are available to you? Many people are under the mistaken impression that the only options are for recreational marijuana, but this isn’t true.

While Delta 9 THC (the recreational kind) is the most popular, there are other varieties to look into. Let’s talk about it.

Delta 8 THC

Delta 8 THC is one of the products that was covered under the 2018 farm bill. It’s a hemp derivative that may have similar medicinal benefits to CBD, but it’s lesser-known than its close cousins delta 9 THC and CBD.

Delta 8 is found in low concentrations. While it offers similar effects as CBD, it also has mild psychoactive properties that are similar to THC. This makes it more popular for recreational use than CBD.

It can help with increased appetite, easier sleep, and lessened anxiety (though those who experience anxiety with recreational marijuana may not have this experience).

It’s federally legal, though there may be state restrictions. Visit here to find more on Delta 8 THC.

Delta 9 THC

Delta 9 THC is the more popular form of cannabis. It’s what we consider recreational marijuana. It has a high THC content and produces psychoactive effects.

While it’s also used for medicinal purposes, it’s more often considered a recreational drug. Some states have legalized delta 9 THC for recreational use. Others have legalized it only for medicinal use, and some have decriminalized it without fully legalizing it yet.

This kind of cannabis is broken down into two primary types: Indica and Sativa. These break down further into various strains that have different psychoactive effects. There are also “hybrids” that are meant to be the bridge between the two types.

The differences between Indica and Sativa are debatable, meaning there’s no scientific evidence to suggest that there are any differences at all. That said, there are differences between the strains themselves.

People who consume recreational marijuana often have to use a “guess and check” method to decide what works best for them depending on their unique reactions.


CBD is the second most popular form of cannabis. It’s also federally legal due to the farm act as long as the resulting product contains only trace amounts of THC.

CBD is used medicinally rather than recreationally. It doesn’t have the “high” effect that THC has, so there are no psychoactive effects.

That said, it’s had extensive research and has shown promise in relieving mild to moderate pain, including long-term pain such as arthritis. It has beneficial effects on the appetite and it may reduce seizures.

For most people, CBD is used as an aid for mental health for those who have treatment-resistant anxiety or depression, or those who choose not to use pharmaceutical products if they don’t have to.

CBD products have grown in popularity as more research has been done and more products have become available.

The Different Types of Cannabis: Explained

Cannabis isn’t just recreational marijuana. There are plenty of different types of cannabis products that all have their own kinds of benefits and uses. Whether you’re looking for something to use for fun or you’re more interested in natural medicine, there’s going to be something for you.

For more on CBD, various helpful products, and more, check out the other articles on our site!