You may be new to the medical marijuana scene. You may have a chronic illness or condition that has made you aware of the benefits of cannabis and you may wish to try it but do not know where to start. For many new patients, the biggest question is what is CBD and what is THC? This article explains the differences and will help you make a better choice about what products to start with to help ease your pain or improve your health.
CBD and THC Explained
Marijuana plants or cannabis contain many compounds. Two of the biggest, most important and beneficial compounds are CBD or cannabidiol and THC or tetrahydrocannabidiol. At their most basic, the CBD works to induce a state of calmness and well-being. It is also credited with helping to relieve pain. The THC is what produces a psychoactive effect or what most people would refer to as a high.
The THC produces a different state of mind, perspective and for many people enhances their mood and creativity. Most medical marijuana products such as capsules, tinctures, edibles, and buds have varying degrees and amounts of both CBD and THC. There are health benefits to both of these compounds.
For some people, they either find the THC is hard to tolerate or they do not wish to have the psychoactive effects of marijuana when they need to work or be alert to do other things. This is where CBD-rich products are ideal. They will produce certain medical benefits but will not cause impaired judgment.
How THC and CBD Work on the Brain and Body
There is a lot of science behind the manner in which the THC makes a person feel the high that has made marijuana such a substance of debate. It acts on receptors in the brain known as CB1. These are receptors that regulate body movement, perception, time-perception, and memory. The THC enhances their abilities to do these things and the result is a high or a stimulated appetite, distorted perception of time and the senses.
Physically THC will act as an anti-inflammatory so it is excellent in aiding pain relief. It can weaken the immune system, though, but with the aid of the CBD compound, the medical products have the ability to balance themselves out. It is being studied for its potential to help prevent certain cancers. Many doctors prescribe it to cancer patients because it does help reduce the side effects from radiation or chemotherapy.
It can help promote sleep and it can help a person disassociate from painful or traumatic memories. This makes it good for treating PTSD. Some people are sensitive to THC and find the substance causes anxiety. For this, the CBD compound is the answer.
CBD acts on the brain also. Technically it is psychoactive. It just does not produce the same effects as the THC. It has anti-seizure as well as anti-anxiety effects. CBD oil is effective at enhancing one’s mood.
Both THC and CBD are the main components of medical marijuana. They both work together or separately to promote better health and well-being.