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Marijuana fans know better, but they often speak of marijuana as if all pot was the same. Even 50 years ago, that wasn't true, but with modern breeding programs different strains of cannabis can have very different effects on their users. If you are getting your supply from a dealer you don't really know, you may have a variety of experiences, but if you are getting your pot from a dispensary or a legal dealer, you can choose the variety you want for the experience you want (or not). I can't advise you to use marijuana, in fact, if it is illegal where you live, I advise you not to, but I can tell you a little about the different ways the different strains work.

THC, also known as tetrahydrocannabinol, is the best known chemical in cannabis. In the bud, it's actually a chemical called delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinolic acid. It doesn't become THC until it is heated by smoking, vaping, or baking.

THC is the chemical that makes you high. Higher THC content in cannabis makes you higher. Some strains of marijuana are very high in THC. These include Bruce Banner (there is a reason its developers named it after The Incredible Hulk), Gorilla Glue (so called because of the amount of resin in the bud), Strawberry Cough (which can cause, you guessed it, dry mouth and cough), Death Star, Lake Trash, and Barney's Farm Red Dragon. 

THC doesn't directly cause your mouth to dry out, but the more THC there is in your pot, the drier your mouth will get. That's because your salivary glands can get "high," too. When they are stimulated by THC or other compounds in cannabis, they produce less saliva. 

They will also produce less saliva if you drink alcohol, including beer, or if you smoke cigarettes. If dry mouth is a real problem for you, something has to give. Either don't get as high, or cut out exposure of your mouth to smoke, or reduce your consumption of alcohol, or all three.

THC can also cause anxiety and even paranoia. However, these effects are offset by another chemical in cannabis called cannabidiol, also known as CBD. This compound keeps your heart from racing and your mind from going to scary places. Wild marijuana has more THC than CBD. Some modern strains of marijuana, however, have up to 20 times more CBD than THC. If anxiety and paranoia are a problem, a solution would be to find a high-CBD strain such as Cannatonic or one of the purple indicas.

What if you have a diagnosed mental or neurological illness?

  • Generalized anxiety disorder, panic attacks, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) respond better to smaller doses of pot. You want just enough THC to make you forget what is bothering you, not so much you become anxious.
  • ADHD is a condition for which you need to "titrate" your dosage. Use a little more and a little more and a little more but stop when you feel worse. Some people get best results with a strain called Trainwreck.
  • Fibromyalgia responds better to marijuana edibles, not smoked or vaped marijuana. Purple-leafed varieties have more of the pine-like terpene scents that relax the central nervous system.
  • Multiple sclerosis and other conditions of muscle stiffness respond to THC. It takes a lot less THC to treat burning sensations than to treat muscle spasms.
  • Parkinson's disease and seizure disorders respond to CBD, not THC. High-CBD strains purchased through a dispensary work better.
  • Schizophrenia responds best to high CBD strains and a relatively new variety of pot known as Willie Nelson, which will also kill the munchies.

If you are just "buying pot" from a street dealer, you can't fine tune your use of the product to your special needs. A dispensary with tested products and a large selection will always provide the cannabis that best provides the desired changes in the way you feel with a minimum of side effects.

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