If you’re even the slightest bit familiar with medical marijuana you’ve more than likely heard of THC and CBD. These two very important ingredients found in marijuana are part of a group of compounds known as cannabinoids. They’re what make marijuana medically beneficial and play a very important role in the effects of marijuana in the body.
THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is found most commonly in most medical marijuana strains, and is what most people associate marijuana with. The use of CBD (cannabidiol) dominant strains however, is not as widespread, but is beginning to gain much more attention within the medical marijuana community. There are many that find they prefer CBD over THC, especially those who do not wish to experience the psychoactive effects THC is known for.
While both THC and CBD are both extremely beneficial medicinally, there are some vast differences between these cannabinoids. Following are the major differences between these two very important chemical compounds.
- Only THC Gets you High
THC is the compound in marijuana that is responsible for getting you high. CBD strains, on the other hand, don’t contain any of these psychoactive properties at all. Basically, CBD can’t get you high. This is one reason it is becoming so popular as medicine and gaining more attention amongst the medical community.
- CBD does not Make you Tired
There are countless patients that use marijuana as a sleep aid. THC is excellent for this and a wonderful medicine for those who suffer from insomnia or have trouble falling asleep. CBD does not induce sleep and actually promotes a more awakened state. This makes CBD good for people who need to medicate during the day, without experiencing the sleepiness (or the head change) common with THC.
- CBD does not Cause Anxiety (But THC Might)
Many people that smoke marijuana find that it can give them anxiety or make them paranoid. It is actually the THC found in cannabis that causes this effect, but with CBD no anxiety is experienced at all. CBD actually does the opposite and can reduce anxiety in people that are prone to it. CBD also helps to counter anxiety caused by THC.
- CBD Contains Anti-Psychotic Properties
Since it helps to reduce the psychoactive effects of THC, CBD is thought to help people from becoming “too high” when smoking marijuana. While it helps to normalize the effects of THC, CBD is also believed to contain anti-psychotic properties on its own which is showing great promise for people who suffer from diseases such as schizophrenia. It has also proved excellent for those who endure living with autism.
- CBD is What’s Given to Children Suffering from Seizures
While marijuana has been controversial as medicine for anyone, there has been much more controversy surrounding the decisions of parents who choose to medicate their children suffering from seizures. CBD has been shown to completely eliminate seizures in children and it is this that is offered to them, not THC.
Understanding that the differences between THC and CBD can help tremendously when choosing the right medicine for your particular condition. For those that want to get high THC is the obvious choice. CBD however, is great for those who wish to experience marijuana’s medical benefits without getting a head change.
All cannabinoids have medical benefits. They are after all, what makes marijuana medicine. Knowing the difference of the cannabinoids found in particular strains at your local dispensary is extremely beneficial for treating your own unique needs and will open many more opportunities in your world of medical marijuana.