What Is the Difference
You might be feeling a little apprehensive as, like most people, you associate the word “marijuana” with illicit activities. However, there is a great wealth of evidence to show that cannabis can help in a variety of chronic medical conditions. It’s also been used for centuries by civilizations such as the ancient Egyptians.
What is Medical Marijuana?The marijuana plant is comprised of over 100 chemicals, known as cannabinoids, with each of these having different effects on your body. The two main chemicals used in the medicinal application of marijuana are:
Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC:This is the psychoactive compound in marijuana — i.e. the element that produces the high.
Cannabidiol, or CBD: This substance does not produce any psychoactive effects.
Medical weed usually contains a higher CBD content than recreational - This means when you’re taking it, you don’t feel the “high” that’s associated with the recreational variety.
Recreational weed typically contains a higher THC content than medical - This means people usually take this variety more for the “high” effect than the benefits.
Differences Between THC and CBD
The high: We know THC gives you a high and CBD doesn’t have that effect. When taking the drug medicinally, you want a better quality of life rather than feeling that you’re “on” something.
Anti-psychotic: As well as being non-psychoactive, CBD seems to reduce the mind-bending effects of THC. Also, when CBD is used on its own, it seems to retain its anti-psychotic effects and can be used in the treatment of mental illnesses.
Anxiety: Often, people who smoke a lot of recreational pot can begin to feel paranoid or anxious. Studies have shown that CBD can cancel out the anxiety often caused by ingesting THC. It’s also been suggested that CBD has the potential to reduce general anxiety.
Sleep: Many people swear by using cannabis to help them get a good night’s sleep. It’s thought to be the THC content that creates this effect. CBD is thought to have a wake-inducing agent that helps you stay awake, so it’s not a good choice in terms of a sleep medicine
If you were in the dark about the differences between medical and recreational marijuana, hopefully this article has given you a brief introduction into medical marijuana. When you’re managing chronic pain, you should now know that when considering medical cannabis vs. recreational marijuana, the medical type is your best bet in your journey to better health and well-being. The field of medical marijuana study looks very promising, and with more research, many people believe this could be one of the biggest medical stories of our times.
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Publisher: Australian Advanced Nutrients
Date Published: Sep 14 2017 10:25AM
Date Edited: Sep 14 2017 11:06AM