The cannabis plant contains over a hundred different unique plant compounds, called cannabinoids. These cannabinoids interact with the endocannabinoid system of our body to produce different effects. Of all these compounds, researches are users are interested in two cannabinoids – CBD or Cannabidiol, and THC or Tetrahydrocannabinol. Cannabis has health benefits, which has been proved in numerous studies and research reports. In the US, you can medical cannabis legally in 33 states! If you are a new cannabis user, knowing the differences between CBD and THC is critical. Here’s a guide to the basics of both.
Understanding Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the only cannabinoid in cannabis that’s psychoactive. In other words, THC is responsible for producing the high that cannabis is known for. There is some research on how THC could be an alternative to many pharmaceutical drugs. It may have some use in treatment of symptoms related to AIDS/HIV, ALS, Crohn’s Disease and Fibromyalgia. Researchers are also looking into how THC can help cancer patients and those suffering from epilepsy.
Benefits of THC
THC has a sedative effect, which can relax the mind and help those who have anxiety, stress, insomnia and depression. It may have some potential in reducing pain and inflammation and can be useful for patients who have lost appetite or have severe nausea. THC is also believed to be useful in reducing intraocular pressure.
Understanding Cannabidiol (CBD)
Unlike THC, CBD does NOT produce a high. Cannabidiol (CBD) is best suited for patients who want the benefits of cannabis but not the corresponding high. There are little or no side effects of using CBD, and most CBD products are made from hemp – the least processed version of cannabis. CBD has numerous uses and is best known for its therapeutic benefits.
Benefits of CBD
Cannabidiol (CBD) is often used for reducing pain and inflammation. It is considered to have some benefit as a neuroprotectant, and can be antitumor. It may aid in stimulation of bone growth and may be used as a means to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. CBD has been also used extensively in cannabis skincare products.
Both Cannabidiol (CBD) and Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are important for patients, and some strains are created to have a higher content of one over the other. Sativa-based strains usually have more of CBD, while Indica-dominant strains have more of THC, although the best hybrids may have an ideal balance of both. If you are not sure of the strain, talk to the budtenders.