When most people think of marijuana, they probably jump right to the psychoactive effects of using the flower. While marijuana is most commonly known for its mind-altering effects, there are other chemicals in the plant that cause different, and sometimes opposite, effects than most people would expect.
In fact, there are dozens of chemicals in cannabis flowers that have very different effects on people. While some have no real effect, others can change the way you use medical marijuana.
For many patients, it all comes down to are two different chemicals that are naturally occurring in cannabis: THC and CBD. While they are found in the same plant, the two chemicals can have some very different effects on individuals.
The discovery and understanding of CBD’s medical properties are causing it to become a more popular option among many patients. Switching your medical marijuana doses to strictly CBD could be the change you need.
What Is THC?
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the chemical that has made pot both famous and illegal. It produces the mind-altering effects that commonly go with marijuana, as well as other beneficial side effects.
While it does alter the user’s state of mind, THC is also said to help with a number of ailments, such as cancer and tumor growth. This could be the reason why medical marijuana is legal in most of the United States.
There are also other traits of THC that aren’t found in CBD. THC can act as a sleep aid while CBD could potentially have the opposite effect.
Understandably, THC gets the most attention when discussing marijuana. But CBD might offer better benefits for some.
What Is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is another main chemical found in cannabis, but it doesn’t get nearly as much attention as THC. This is because CBD doesn’t affect the mind the same way THC does.
In reality, CBD doesn’t produce the psychoactive side effects of THC, or any mind-altering side effects for that matter.
CBD helps with cancer, inflammation, nausea, and pain relief, much like THC. However, CBD can also fight anxiety, depression and other mental illnesses. This is one of the main reasons patients opt for CBD over THC. Depending on your individual needs, CBD could offer more benefits of marijuana that you’re looking for.
Also, CBD is known to reduce the side effects of THC. Taking the two together can yield the medicinal value of THC with dulled psychoactive side effects.
Thanks to advancements in the field of medical marijuana, CBD is available in different forms. For example, we carry CBD capsules, trokies, oil, lotions and flowers at Essence Cannabis Dispensaries in Las Vegas.
Should I Use THC Or CBD?
When you are deciding which product to use to treat your illness, there are a lot of factors to consider.
As far as medical use goes, both THC and CBD are legal in the state of Nevada. So, if you prefer one to the other, you’ll have no problem finding the product you need.
But the two chemicals can have very distinct effects on your body, both mentally and physically. The best way to find out which chemical works best for you is to try out different products and take notes. CBD oil is going to produce a different effect than CBD flowers, just as you would expect THC oil to be different from THC flowers.
You should also keep in mind that you can get both THC and CBD from most types of medical marijuana. Unless you are using a product that is purely THC or CBD, the two chemicals naturally occur together. From there, all you need to do is find a product that offers the perfect balance of THC and CBD for you.