CBD (cannabidiol) is one of two key ingredients used to formulate medicinal cannabis products. The other is THC (tetrahydocannabinol). Both of these biological compounds are extracted from marijuana plants (but also from hemp plants; more on this in another post). Both have shown significant benefits in the treatment of a wide range of medical ailments.
THC is the ingredient that gets you high. Obviously, getting high as a side effect might not be everyone’s cup of tea. If taken during the day, it can seriously impact the motor skills you need to function, e.g., driving your car. And if you have a job that requires regular drug-testing, any amount of THC in your body needs to be avoided.
- Some people don’t react well to THC in that, even in moderate doses, it can bring on anxiety or paranoia.
- Additionally, THC can come from different strains of marijuana with each strain having different effects on your mood. The Indica strain tends to have a relaxing, and in some cases, sedating effect. It can calm, but also make you drowsy. Sativa, on the other hand, tends to be stimulating. THC can also come from hybrid plants that contain genetics from both Indica and Sativa. The mood effect of hybrid strains varies, depending upon the proportions of Indica and Sativa in the hybrid plants.
- There is a final consideration that’s a very real one for may households: products with THC must be kept away from children and pets. This is a particular concern when the THC is in the form of edibles, i.e., baked goods and candy.
The amazing thing about CBD is that it has no known side effects. It won’t get you high. It won’t impair your motor skills. You won’t build a resistance to it. And although one shouldn’t be too casual about letting it get into the hands of children and pets, it won’t cause any harm in the event that they take any of it.
Given the positive attributes of CBD and the many drawbacks of THC, the lesson might be that if you are trying medicinal cannabis for the first time, start with a product that is just CBD (with no THC in it). Chances are that once you’ve landed on the right dose, it will provide the benefit you’re looking for (see our Oral Dosing Guidelines for information on dosing).
As we’ve said many times, what we know about medicinal cannabis (THC and CBD) is based solely on what people say about how it has helped them. There has been little-to-no clinical testing. Hopefully, with legalization, more testing will follow. We expect it will confirm all the great things people are saying about medicinal cannabis.
Patrick and the staff at Lune Wellness