THC or CBD is the big question for those who want the benefits but not a “high”. They looked at all forms of hemp or marijuana as out of their circle of hope. Today the circle just widened as scientist and researchers have a method of extracting the medical treasure. Hemp is now free and clear legally because the 2018 Farm Bill recognizes that hemp is different than marijuana. Hemp generally has 0.3% or less of THC.
THC and CBD are both cannabinoid compounds. And both are derived from the cannabis plant. Hemp and marijuana are both cannabis plants. Some explain the difference in another way — “you can feel” the THC but “you cannot feel” CBD. Some would disagree with that because of the mega benefits of relief from insomnia, anxiety and depression. The pain relief that so many are experiencing from neuropathy, arthritis and muscle spasms is reason enough to contest the statement above.
It would be more accurate to say, THC in high amounts intoxicates but CBD does not. In some of the hemp strains, THC may be present in slightly higher than the minimum legal amount. In that case, it has been proven that CBD has the bandwidth to block a percentage of intoxicating effects THC might try to slip by.
Some strains of hemp contain a high CBD content of 20% or higher. In this case, you may feel a profound sense of relaxation but with total mental clarity.
CBD can be extracted from hemp or from marijuana. Hemp plants are cannabis plants that contain less than 0.3% THC, while marijuana plants are cannabis plants that contain higher concentrations of THC.
CBD or THC – Going Chemical
Did you fail high school chemistry class? No worries, this is simple but still chemical. CBD and THC both have the identical same molecular structure:
- 21 carbon atoms,
- 30 hydrogen atoms,
- 2 oxygen atoms.
Different, right? Well the chemical answer is no because these atoms are “arranged” differently in CBD than in THC. This difference in arrangement can make the difference of how these two compounds effect your body and mind.
Your body’s endocannabinoid network is similar on a chemical basis to both CBD and THC. This similarity allows both of these compounds to interact with your body’s CB receptors.
CBD or THC – Going Psycho
To repeat, CBD is a non-psychoactive compound; THC is a psychoactive compound. When a cannabis strain has high presence, it can also bind to the CB1 receptors even though weakly, to quell the THC psychoactive effects. Those who live in a state when high THC is legal, at least medicinally, can use it for many conditions which are stated below. But you will have to reckon also with the “psycho” part of the dosage. CBD also gives relief for many of the same conditions without the psychoactive part.
Cannabis-related laws have been in a process of evolution for years now with most of the laws making any form of cannabis consumption illegal. Some states and Washington, D.C. finally passed cannabis-related laws for medical marijuana to be legal when prescribed by a licensed physician.
The 2018 Farm Bill legalized the growing and consumption of hemp and hemp products as legal on a federal basis if there is a 0.3% or less of THC.
CBD or THC — Going Medical
The list below shows that CBD and THC are used for some of the same medical conditions. However, when using high-THC cannabis strains for pain, you will get a “cerebral high” as well. For those who want to resolve medical issues legally and without the euphoric high, CBD is your option.
In June 2018, the Food and Drug Administration approved Epidiolex which is the first prescription medication to contain CBD. Its use is for rare types of epilepsy which are difficult to control. CBD also makes a difference in the following conditions:
- Inflammation and pain,
- psychosis, mental disorders, seizures,
- inflammatory bowel disease,
- depression and anxiety.
THC is used with conditions such as:
- low appetite, nausea and anxiety,
- pain and muscle spasticity,