By Jasmine Fuller
Almost every day I get a customer at the dispensary that wants to get some kind of CBD product to help with their pain but don’t really know what they want or why they want it. They know its popping up more and helping with seizures & other illnesses but aren’t sure what exactly they need for themselves. There is still so much research needed to completely understand CBD & THC and how they interact with our bodies, but I will try to simplify what we do know so far.
When most people think about the marijuana or hemp plant, they immediately think of THC & “getting high.” Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is the psychoactive component of the marijuana plant. Products containing mainly THC are what most recreational users are looking for. Cannabidiol, or CBD, on the other hand, is the component that has no psychoactive effect — only medicinal properties. Those who are looking to alleviate pains & mental disorders should gravitate towards CBD products.
There are many ways of medicating with both THC & CBD. Both can be smoked, vaped, ingested, dabbed, or applied topically. Using THC products with a lower amount of CBD will create a high that is slightly relaxing. Using products with higher CBD & lower THC content will create maybe a slight buzz depending on your tolerance, but more so mood elevation, pain relief, & relaxation. Using products with an equal amount of both creates a balance between psychoactivity & ultimate euphoria. Many times patients who need CBD are concerned about the THC or cannot use it due to it still being federally illegal, drug tests at the job, sensitivity to THC, etc. While CBD can be effective alone, having the slightest bit of THC alongside helps to activate the CBD allowing it to work better for you.
If there is ever a time where you may have ingested an edible that was way too strong or taken a dab that you just couldn’t handle, taking CBD can help to counteract those effects. CBD is known to be beneficial for many reasons, including pain relief, seizures, anxiety, cancer, diabetes, insomnia, & much more. I love referencing this chart on Leafly because it tells you which compounds from the marijuana plant help with which conditions you may be experiencing.
As you notice, there are a ton of other properties like THCv, THCa, CBG, CBN, & more. CBD & THC are the two main components, but these other properties are all beneficial in their own ways & work alongside each other to create the desired effects.
CBD, as well as THC, has been a controversial topic across the country, but many states are warming up to the idea & starting to allow at least the oils/tinctures to be legal for medical reasons. It is amazing to see how cannabis is changing the world & helping people become better every single day. I’ve heard numerous testimonials of how CBD &/or THC helped a person stop the need for taking massive amounts of opioids or chemotherapy every day. I am really looking forward to the future of cannabis & how it will continue to change consumers’ lives!