What you know about cannabis could probably fit in a thimble, right? Surprisingly, information about the health benefits of cannabis is readily available. You just need to filter through the myths and discover the many amazing benefits of cannabis. No, you’re not being encouraged to get high. There is a way to reap the best parts of the cannabis without the nasty side effects. You know, the illegal, addictive part. Let’s focus on CBD. Not to be confused with THC, Cannabidiol (CBD) is a natural oil that exists in certain varieties of cannabis. More specifically, it comes from hemp. What most people don’t know is that CBD has medicinal benefits without the detriment of being high.
What is CBD?
Cannabis plants produce over 80 different chemical compounds known as cannabinoids. Of those 80-plus chemicals, CBD and Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are the most abundant. If you’ve ever spent one minute with a stoner, you know that THC is the substance that makes you high. THC is a psychoactive chemical that is highly intoxicating. In other words, THC is the chemical compound that gets you stoned. Think of CBD as the kinder and gentler version of THC. In fact, think of CBD as a substance that scientists say can relieve what ails you. Research indicates that CBD can help with diabetes, MS, chronic pain, arthritis, depression and more.
THC vs. CBD
There are arguments on both sides of the debate. Some say THC is bad while CBD is good. Others say both compounds work best together. Before you decide on a course of action, it is vital that you carefully research both CBD and THC. A California nonprofit dedicated to keeping CBD in the forefront equates THC and CBD as a “power couple”. Others contend that CBD is best used without the psychoactive effects of THC. Some research shows that CBD gives THC a big painkilling boost. At the same time, CBD reduces the side effects of THC – paranoia, fast heartbeat, anxiety. CBD is legal whereas THC is regulated and illegal in many states.
The Good Stuff
CBD can be inhaled or ingested. Depending on your comfort level, you can take CBD in beverages, edibles, gel caplets, or lozenges. Dispensaries often carry vape-ready CBD for those who wish to inhale. Other patients prefer to use CBD orally or topically. Keep in mind that with all alternative remedies, it is important to research positive and negative aspects. Right now, there is a huge range of disorders, ailments, and diseases that CBD is said to alleviate. From acne and ADHD to Schizophrenia, Sickle Cell Anemia, and Digestive Issues, CBD is seen as a wonder drug. You may have to experiment with dosages to get the proper effect for your ailment. Only you can decide if a CBD – THC combination is right for you. Regardless of your choices, CBD’s benefits greatly outweigh the negatives.