Two of the most common questions new medical marijuana patients ask are “What is the difference between CBD and THC,” and “How much of each do I need?” The following is a breakdown of the two compounds that should help you better understand the effects and make the best decision on which medical marijuana products suit your needs.
What is THC and CBD?
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) are compounds in marijuana with high medicinal value. They are two of the most heavily studied cannabinoids, which are compounds found in the resin of the medical marijuana plant. THC and CBD are structurally similar on the atomic level and both have medical applications, but their effects and uses can be very different.
What is the Difference Between CBD and THC?
A major difference between THC and CBD is the type of high they provide. THC is psychoactive, and it is responsible for the euphoria famously associated with smoking medical marijuana. In comparison, CBD is not psychoactive at all, and in fact can lessen the “high” effect felt when smoking. This makes a high dose of CBD useful in relieving specific conditions during the day when patients must be in a clear state of mind.
Another significant difference between THC and CBD is how they affect your anxiety levels, sleeping habits and appetite. Too much THC can actually cause anxiety, while CBD works to counteract that anxiety. THC promotes sleep and appetite, while CBD typically does not.
It’s also worth noting that THC and CBD are both anti-inflammatory, which makes them ideal for glaucoma patients. CBD also inhibits anti-psychotic properties, and has shown positive effects in treating schizophrenia.
Using THC and CBD for Medical Treatment
So which compound is more important for you? It all depends on your symptoms and why you’re choosing to use medical marijuana. High-THC strains are often appropriate for:
- Appetite stimulation
- Movement disorders
- Dependency/withdrawal symptoms
- Muscle spasms
- Reducing some types of seizures
- Reducing nausea
- Increased mood
- Pain relief
- Inducing sleep
- Immune system regulation
High-CBD strains (or pure CBD oils) are ideal for treating patients with:
- Crohn’s Disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Dravet’s Syndrome
- General calming
Any apprehension of smoking medical marijuana for fear of “getting too high.”
This is by no means a complete list, and every patient is different. We have found that in many cases, a combination of both cannabinoids can work more effectively than one by itself. Work with your doctor and an Arizona Natural Selections Patient Assitant to find out which compound is ideal for your particular condition and situation.
Now that you understand the basic effects of THC and CBD, you can pick the strain that best alleviates their symptoms. If you want to ensure you choose the strain that has the ideal amount of each compound, ask a trusted Arizona medical marijuana dispensary for assistance.
At Arizona Natural Selections, we have helped medical marijuana patients in Peoria, Scottsdale, Tempe and all corners of Phoenix determine which levels of THC or CBD are best for them. If want to find and purchase the best possible product for you, visit one of our medical dispensaries today in either Peoria or Scottsdale.