THC vs. CBD: What’s What?
By Nov 05, 2018 0 Comments
THC vs. CBD: What’s What?
Welcome to a new world where cannabis is considered a wonder drug and society and medicine caught up with the power of THC and CBD. It’s not surprising to see that on the market today we have an array of items and products that use cannabinoids. From shops selling the best-LED lights to grow marijuana indoors, to vapers using CBD vape juice, this marketplace doesn’t show any signs of slowing down.
Nonetheless, even though THC and CBD can be found in the same plant, they have wildly different effects on the human body, and now more than ever is crucial for you to understand the difference. If you’re still not familiar with the diverse influences of THC and CBD, we must recommend you to read this article.
THC main facts and conclusions
The first thing we have to clear up when it comes to THC is that, contrary to CBD, THC is the cannabinoid that produces the psychological high in humans. The tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is a psychoactive component with a similar molecular structure as CBD, although it’s not as accepted in the medical community as its counterpart, because of its “high effect.”
So far, we know that THC can cause:
- Analgesia (pain relief)
- Anti-spasm and anti-tremor
- Muscle relaxant
- Appetite stimulant
- Hypotension (lowering of blood pressure)
Moving on to the side-effects caused by using THC:
- Time distortion
- Dry mouth
- Increased heart rate
- Heightened sensations
The reason all of these side-effects happen is because THC affects the function of the brain, and it acts similarly to anandamide and 2-ag, which are neurotransmitters that regulate the sleeping patterns, eating habits, and other important bodily functions.
Medical studies that have shown that THC can have a positive effect on the following conditions:
- Spinal injury: Lessen tremors
- Chronic pain
- Side Effects of Chemotherapy
- Nausea and vomiting
- Multiple sclerosis
- Digestive health
CBD main facts and conclusions
Let's start by saying that CBD does not affect the cognitive abilities of the individual, the way THC does, and because of that, CBD has a more significant role in the medical community. The CBD is the second most dominant active ingredient of cannabis after the THC, and it can’t be found in another plant on Earth.
The side-effects of CBD usage are somewhat different from the ones induced by THC usage, for example, the most reported signs are nausea, fatigue, and irritability. The most interesting comparison of all is when CBD is compared with grapefruit juice – because it raises the level of certain other medications in your blood the same way the juice does.
The legality of CBD is still an open question, even though there have been a large number of medical studies that prove the health benefits of using CBD. At the moment, CBD is classified as a supplement, which doesn’t fall under FDA regulations.
According to Harvard Health: “CBD has been touted for a wide variety of health issues, but the strongest scientific evidence is for its effectiveness in treating some of the cruelest childhood epilepsy syndromes, such as Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS), which typically don’t respond to anti-seizure medications.” Epidiolex it’s a drug that treats the conditions described here, and it's the first FDA approved medicine, which is infused with CBD.
Medical studies that have shown that CBD can have a positive effect on the following conditions:
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Mad Cow Disease
- Broken Bones
- Substance Abuse/Withdrawal
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Bacterial Infections
- Heart Disease