As cannabidiol–also known as CBD–proves ever more incredible as a healing agent, with a myriad of applications, it becomes increasingly important for the consuming public to understand what is–and what is not–true of the compound.
All too often, it is confused with good old-fashioned marijuana. There are plenty of perfectly understandable reasons for this–probably most notably among those being that CBD comes from the cannabis plant. Among others, CBD and THC are two of the most important compounds in marijuana. They are what give it many of its characteristic properties. But they are actually quite different, as becomes clear when you consider the effects of CBD versus the effects of THC.
- CBD has the medical benefits, while THC has all the recreational effects.
It is true; THC is the high-inducing compound in marijuana. Take out the THC, and it’s just another plant. Sort of.
First and foremost, THC is not ‘just’ a recreational compound. It does more than stimulate pleasant feelings in humans. In fact, even the U.S. federal government recognizes a very specific, derived form of THC (patent name Marinol) as a legal appetite stimulant and anti-nausea agent. The more natural (and illegal) version has also been shown to fight the production of a certain kind of enzyme that contributes to the onset of Alzheimer’s. Additionally, THC has been shown to have a host of positive psychological effects, most notably in regards to insomnia, depression, anxiety, anorexia, and PTSD.
But part of this misconception is actually true: CBD has no psychoactive properties. You can snort, smoke, and inject it all day long, and the only thing you’ll feel is a little bit healthier, since your digestion will have improved, you’ll be less prone to anxiety, and your bones will be stronger. CBD, while it’s not the only medically-useful compound in cannabis, is certainly a medicinal heavyweight in its own right–as is THC.
- THC makes CBD less effective.
There is a definite tendency among CBD activists who are nervous about phrases like “cannabis legalization” and “medical marijuana.” They still don’t want people lighting up doobies on the street corner, and would much prefer it if science could just find a convenient way to get rid of all those prurient “high-causing” compounds and isolate only the medically-beneficial compounds.
That’s where a misconception like this one comes from. An element of die-hard anti-legalization activists are excited to know that CBD has so many positive health effects. But they are not willing to accept that THC may not be the dangerous, useless compound it’s been made out to be in the past.
In fact, researchers have gone so far as to say that CBD and THC actually work in synergy, complementing each other and strengthening each other’s effects on the body. Single-molecule THC may work as an appetite stimulator–but whole-plant compounds that incorporate everything present in the natural plant have repeatedly proven the most effective application of the medical properties of cannabis.
- Isolating the helpful molecules is the best way to get the most out of CBD. Whole-plant medicines are crude, left over from a time when people didn’t know any better.
The general feeling in the United States is an overwhelming trust of anything that comes in a prescription bottle. Mysterious white pills with incomprehensible numbers and letters engraved on them–that is where the average American places her trust when it comes to her health. Something that grows out of the ground–that anybody can cultivate and make on their own–can’t possibly be a ground-breaking medicine of which science has remained blissfully unaware.
But the research continues to show that the whole plant is the most effective delivery system of its health benefits. The compounds in cannabis work together in a process scientists have come to call the Entourage effect: much the way CBD and THC work together, the many other cananbinoids and flavonoids in marijuana all complement each other. When they enter the body together, they work far more effectively.
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