Cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are two natural compounds that are found in the plants of the cannabis genus. Or, better known as cannabis, or weed- and it tends to get a bad name for itself due to the idea that it’s always the kids that bunk school to go smoke weed and other drugs. But, this is not the case, in fact, there are many different health benefits offered by THC and CBD- and they help with different things!
What is the difference?
Well, THC is the psychoactive found in cannabis that produces the ‘euphoric’ or ‘high’ sensation which can be consumed in many different ways such as smoking it, oils, edibles, capsules, and many more. Remember, THC gets you high, that is the most important difference in essence.
CBD however does not contain any THC and the main purpose of it is to impost a feeling of relaxation and calmness, without the side effects of being high or having a trip. It can be found in the form of gels, gummies, oils, extracts, and many more.
Seizures and pain
CBD and THC have been found to help with conditions such as epilepsy and other seizure-related conditions by relaxing the brain and mind to make the individual feel calmer and more relaxed. This has even been successful in children, in the form of tablets which have aided their wellbeing and health massively. It was also found that in chronic types of pain such as cancer pain, neuropathic pain, and fibromyalgia, CBD was an effective way of pain management that didn’t cause any negative side effects. However, in the media, we are not being told of this scientific breakthrough which has the opportunity to revolutionize and change the field of medicine. The stigma behind CBD and THC needs to be alleviated so that these two natural compounds can do their job the right way!
One study found that the smoking of cannabis helped to decrease eye pressure by 30% in many studied participants! Glaucoma is controlled by reducing eye pressure and the THC found in cannabis was found to aid that recovery which is an amazing finding- who would have thought?!
Sleep is so important for a healthy and balanced life, nobody can deny that- and it was found that marijuana was an effective sleep aid because it allows the body to restore into a natural sleep cycle. I found that this particular strain of cannabis helped me with my insomnia and in this day and age have awful body clocks, waking up and sleeping at dodgy times, it was suggested that maybe weed is the way to combat this! It is also suggested that the other properties might also provide some relief for those with chronic pain to soothe a stressed and tense mind, body, and soul.
CBD oil has been found to help relieve anxiety, as it is able to give a boost in serotonin levels which control our happiness and mood massively. This early research into the effects on people with anxiety is promising and the fact the feelings of intoxication in CBD are not there will also help people who suffer from anxiety.
Many people may be too afraid of seeking out the help of compounds such as THC and CBD because of the negative connotation attached to them, but more exposure to the general population will help normalize using CBD and THC for medicinal purposes.