The use of cannabis is becoming very common and is spreading throughout across the country. Not only is the legality of it spreading, the negative stigma regarding those who use cannabis is also starting to fade away. For those who are new to the cannabis industry, some of the ideas regarding its uses are hard to grasp. The hemp plant contains a plethora of compounds which work together in sync on your body to provide certain effects. Out of all of the compounds detected in the plant, the two most commonly talked about are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) .
What is THC?
Tetrahydrocannabinol is the compound in cannabis. Until recently, THC was believed to be the only important compound found in Cannabis. It’s the compound responsible for the high that users feel when they consume cannabis. Those who consume THC typically feel a psychoactive high that differs depending on the type of strain that the compound was derived from. It works by binding to CB1 receptors found across the body. Most of these receptors are found in the brain. Recent research suggests that THC can provide medical benefits on top of the psychoactive properties that it has.
Uses of THC
First of all, let's talk about one use for tetrahydrocannabinol that cannabidiol does not provide. The psychoactive effects. THC is used recreationally for the pleasant psychoactive effects. In the world of legalized recreational cannabis, most people seek out products with very high amounts of THC so that they can feel the most effect. When it comes to medical cannabis, THC also plays a key role.
THC is responsible for the following potential properties:
- Euphoria: Patients suffering from stress or depression can benefit from consuming THC. THC can help make users feel happy and obtain an uplifted spirit that they otherwise may not have been able to.
- Sleep or Drowsiness: Another common use of THC is for sleep or fatigue. As we talked about before, THC can either make you very sleepy or energetic depending on the strain that you choose. For this reason, patients suffering from insomnia or patients suffering from fatigue can benefit from THC.
- Appetite Stimulant: As you may have heard, cannabis can give you the munchies. This is a result of the compound THC. Due to the fact that THC can make you hungry, patients who suffer from appetite problems such as those going through cancer treatment can benefit from THC.
- Pain Killer: THC is beneficial for patients suffering from pain. THC has the ability to provide patients with similar pain relief that they could achieve from using prescription painkillers.
- Anti-emetic: THC is also beneficial because it can prevent nausea and vomiting. Patients who have this problem can find use in THC products.
- Muscle Relaxant: THC also has the ability to relax your muscles. People with muscle spasms or other problems that tense their muscles up can find relief from THC.
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol, as we stated before, is the other main compound found in the hemp plant. Unlike THC, CBD is completely non-psychoactive and does not give users any kind of high. CBD does not bind to CB1 receptors as does THC. However, it affects them in an indirect manner. A lot of studies have shown that it has powerful properties. Not to mention, it works well with THC and together, they provide the most overall benefits.
Uses of CBD
Cannabidiol, while it won't put you into a dreamy euphoria, does still have a ton of uses. First of all, some patients don't like the idea of getting high from their medicine. For this reason, CBD may be a better option for them.
Here are some of the potential benefits of using CBD:
- Anti-Anxiety: CBD is useful for patients suffering from anxiety. For some people who have anxiety, THC only amplifies the problem. CBD works on the part of the brain responsible for anxiety and can relieve symptoms.
- Neuroprotective: CBD also works as a neuroprotective meaning that it protects nerves from being damaged. For this reason, it can be useful for preventing degenerative diseases like Parkinson's.
- Anticonvulsant: One of the most beneficial medical uses of CBD is its anticonvulsant properties. People who suffer from epilepsy or seizures can be relieved of symptoms by using CBD.
- Anti-psychotic: CBD has antipsychotic effects which make it useful for treating or preventing problems like psychosis.
- Anti-tumoral: CBD has the ability to stop or slow the growth of tumors.
- Painkiller: CBD has painkilling effects as does THC. CBD may have to be taken in higher doses in order to achieve the same effect.
- Anti-inflammatory: The anti-inflammatory properties in CBD make it useful for swelling or inflammation around the body.
What is the Legality Status of Each?
In the United States, THC is still regarded as an illicit drug on the federal level. While this is true, some states have legalized it for either recreational or medical purposes. If you are in a legal state, you may have access to it. However, those in illegal states can still be charged for possessing even a small amount of Cannabis or products containing THC. When it comes to CBD, it is legal on a federal level thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill.
Which One Should You Choose?
If you are looking to choose between the two, you should consider the reason that you looking into them. If you are looking for recreational value, THC is your only option. However, if you need to receive the potential benefits without the high or potentially failing a drug test, look for CBD infused products such as tinctures, gummies, capsules, vapes, and even flower. Essentially, both option has its benefits, as they have very few negative aspects or physical side effects.