What is CBD?
You’ve probably heard of THC. It’s the poster child for pot and what people think of when they hear the word marijuana. That’s because THC is the chemical responsible for the “high” feeling associated with smoking. But there’s another, less well-known chemical called CBD that’s just as important but doesn’t get enough recognition. THC and CBD are like the Hemsworths. When you hear the last name, you may picture Chris as Thor in the high-profile global franchise The Avengers, but let’s not forget that Liam played Gale Hawthorne in the hugely popular Hunger Games movies. He might not be as famous as his older brother, but he has just as much to offer.
In the spirit of demystifying and promoting CBD, we’ve answered some common questions about the chemical below, and compared it to THC in regards to their effectiveness in treating some common medical conditions.
What does CBD stand for?
CBD stands for cannabidiol (can-uh-bi-die-all). Of the nearly four-hundred chemicals found in the cannabis plant, it’s the second most common (THC is the first).
Does CBD make you High?
Unlike THC, CBD had no psychoactive properties and does not make the patient feel high. In fact, strains with high concentrations of CBD have proven to counteract some of the negative effects of THC, like memory loss and paranoia.
What Does CBD feel like?
CBD has an overall relaxing, calming effect that’s good for stress-relief. Some patients may experience a very mild body high without the mental fogginess or cerebral effects of THC.
CBD vs THC for Cancer?
THC has been proven to inhibit cancer cell growth by blocking energy pathways to cancerous cells, while CBD can actually destroy cancer cells at the metabolic level by corrupting their chemical structure. CBD is also useful for managing cancer symptoms like nausea, pain, loss of appetite, fatigue, and more. Therefore, the best medicine would likely be a strain that’s rich in both THC and CBD, with a 1:1 ratio. For example, a strain like Pennywise contains 9% THC and 9% CBD.
CBD vs THC for anxiety?
THC stimulates the amygdala – the region of the brain responsible for fear. It can trigger feelings of paranoia, which can make anxiety more acute. CBD, on the other hand, has been shown to lower anxiety, though further study is needed to prove the exact neurological reason for this phenomenon.
CBD vs THC for pain?
THC is a strong anti-inflammatory and pain killer, containing 20 times the anti-inflammatory power of aspirin. CBD can also be used to treat pain, though it’s far more effective for treating more general ailments like fatigue and depression.
CBD vs THC for addiction?
Both THC and CBD have been proven to help curb addictions to harmful substances. Because of its strong analgesic properties, THC has been shown to be an effective replacement for opioids such as oxycodone, which carry a high risk for dependence. CBD, because of its effect on the body’s endocannabinoid system, has been acknowledged as an effective treatment in nicotine addiction.
THC and CBD may excel in different areas, but both have a proven track record of alleviating physical and mental pain. When combined in the right ways, they can be an effective and powerful treatment for inflammation, anxiety, depression, cancer, and a host of other ailments. For information on THC or CBD’s applications for specific medical conditions, speak with your doctor or medical marijuana provider.