The medical cannabis industry is relatively new, so it makes sense that most people don't know a lot about it. There are various misconceptions and prejudice, which can be really problematic both for growers and consumers.
For example, the common term used for medical marijuana is "CBD product." The plants which we use to get CBD are sometimes called CBD plants. But now, you're probably wondering, how can the same plant provide both psychedelic and medical benefits? Isn't CBD marijuana safe?
In order to better understand the differences similarities, we will start by defining CBD and THC, as well as CBD plants. Check it out!
What is CBD, and what is THC?
CBD and THC are the main active ingredients of the cannabis plant. So, when a person says that something is a CBD product or CBD plant, that means it has much more CBD compared to THC.
CBD stands for cannabidiol, and it is the substance with healing properties. You can find a lot of it in hemp, but it is also present in regular cannabis. Nowadays, most marijuana growers are creating hybrids that will maximize CBD content while minimizing THC. That way, you can get all the benefits without any drawbacks.
Hemp is the best example of a CBD plant. It has less than 0.3% THC, which makes it really safe. On the other hand, cannabis hybrids usually have much more THC by comparison. Still, in order for a plant to be regarded as a real CBD plant, it needs to have low quantities of THC.
Keep in mind there are some hybrid cannabis strains that purposely have high THC content. They are usually used for things such as stress or insomnia. Again, it all depends on a particular marijuana strain as different strains can have a completely different on our body and wellbeing.
CBD and THC products come in various forms. For example, CBD plants are packaged in the form of a gel, gummies, supplements, extracts, oils, etc. THC products come in the form of edibles, tinctures, oils, capsules, and your regular joints.
Nowadays, most companies that are dealing with medical marijuana are trying their best to avoid joints. Keep in mind that, like any other drug, the main reason why you're using it is so you can cure a particular condition. The emphasis is on efficiency and ease-of-use, which is why most consumers prefer things such as extracts.
How do CBD and THC work?
Although these two substances produce completely different effects, they are basically the same in terms of their molecular structure. The only difference on a molecular level is the fact their atoms are differently arranged. This is precisely why they work differently, even though they consist of the same parts.
Most people don't know that we have cannabinoid receptors in our body. Among others, these receptors are able to detect the presence of CBD and THC and process them accordingly. In fact, THC and CBD in plants are very similar to human endocannabinoids, which is why cannabis is so impactful.
When cannabinoid receptors get in contact with CBD or THC, it causes a release of neurotransmitters in the brain. These neurotransmitters perform various functions in our body and have a direct impact on sensations and functions such as pain, stress, sleep, immunity, and so on.
When using THC, CBD plants, and products, most patients are worried about 2 things: is going to work, and will I get high?
The effectiveness of these drugs varies from case to case. Here are some of the main factors that will determine whether the treatment will work or not:
- Personal variable
The same treatment will have a different impact on different people
- A specific condition or symptom you wish to treat
Although cannabis is great for various conditions, there is still a lot we don’t know about this plant. While CBD plants can be great for things such as stress, depression, and chronic pain, it has limited use on some other ailments. Make sure to thoroughly consult with your physician prior to buying a drug
- A specific product you’re using
The cannabis industry is loosely regulated. It lacks the same product standards that are present in other industries, which means that the same type of product might have different ingredients. Cannabis growers use various strains, and the efficiency of a treatment depends on a strain that was used in that particular product
Keep in mind that cannabis drugs have some similarities to traditional drugs. You might get different results when using drugs from two different manufacturers. Even if you don’t get the results you wanted when using CBD products, that doesn’t mean they’re bad or whatever. It just means that a drug didn’t work in this particular case.
What can I treat with CBD products?
As of late, marijuana is presented as one of the best medical plants in nature. We are constantly learning something new about it; we are exploring new ways to benefits from CBD and THC products.
Although THC is often presented as "bad" due to its psychedelic properties, that doesn't mean it cannot help in some cases. Keep in mind that medical marijuana is almost always beneficial, and patients are not using it to get high as it would be with the standard marijuana items.
Here are some of the things you can treat with CBD: pain, various types of inflammations and seizures, depression, anxiety, as well as some other mental issues, migraines, nausea. THC can help with chronic pain, various types of muscle spasms, insomnia, appetite, anxiety, glaucoma, etc.
What kind of side effects can I expect?
There is a good reason why most medical cannabis companies put emphasis on CBD items instead of THC ones. Although THC brings certain health benefits, it also makes you high, and as you can presume, this high comes with a cost.
THC drugs can cause various side effects such as dry mouth, red eyes, slow reflexes, increased heart rate, loss of coordination, and memory. Basically, these side effects are the same as the issues that occur to people who are abusing drugs.
The most important thing you need to know is that the side effects caused by THC marijuana are not fatal and are rarely severe. So, you can use it with a sigh of relief. On the other hand, CBD doesn’t cause any side effects as it doesn’t have a psychoactive component or anything else that would interfere with your natural metabolism.
One thing worth noting is that prolonged, constant use of marijuana can cause mental issues. This is especially true during a young age, or for people who start abusing these drugs. No matter what, the professionals advise caution when using both THC and CBD products.
Is medical cannabis legal?
It seems that the whole world is split when it comes to THC and CBD plants. While the use of medical marijuana is allowed in some countries, it is strictly forbidden in others.
The same goes for the US; some states are allowing the use of marijuana in any form; others allow medical cannabis, while there are those who don't allow any use of marijuana whatsoever.
Generally speaking, US Federal Law prohibits the use of cannabis even though it is allowed in certain states. There is also a set of rules that applies to cannabis seeds and international purchases.
For example, there are a lot of companies and individuals who are buying cannabis-related products from Europe, but these products are stashed in a way that customs cannot find it. Anyway, we suggest that you learn more about cannabis laws prior to purchasing or consuming.
The cannabis industry is growing rapidly, and it is really hard to predict in which way it will go. No matter what, it seems that more and more countries will adopt a loose stance towards this amazing plant.
As you can see from this article, both CBD plants and THC strains have their own merits. CBD is usually regarded as a better solution as it doesn’t make you high. This makes it ideal for young and old patients.
THC is a bit trickier, but as long as you stay in touch with a doctor, and monitor your progress, there shouldn’t be any issues during the treatment.