When it comes to Cannabis, there has always been this prohibition-esque, taboo, reputation surrounding this wonderous plant. Now that there are “nine” recreationally legalized states, (woot woot Michigan) education is key!
This is an amazing plant with tons of medical and wellness benefits for everyone, if dosed and consumed correctly. The science behind this plant is honestly WILD (and so complex). Cannabis is composed of hundreds of different cannabinoids, which are the groups of compounds that this plant derives from. As I said, there are HUNDREDS, but I am here to talk about the main two: THC and CBD.
CBD Versus THC
The biggest difference between CBD and THC is the fact that CBD is non-psychoactive while THC is psychoactive. THC gets us high and also makes us feel better. CBD makes us feel better but doesn’t get us high. From reducing seizures and tremors, to anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, pain management, these cannabinoids really do some amazing things.
THC is particularly used to relieve nausea, appetite loss, and insomnia. Both THC and CBD can be used as an antidepressant to reduce anxiety. If you have a condition that requires you to medicate to control pain, inflammation, anxiety, or other chronic conditions throughout the day, CBD may be a great choice for you.
Combining them together will enhance the benefits of both. For example, adding CBD to THC will enhance and extend your high, or smooth out the “paranoia” that can sometimes be a negative side effect of THC.
While there is an overlap on what THC and CBD can treat, again the biggest difference between CBD and THC is that CBD leaves you clear headed and functional without the euphoric high. Educate yourself on what works best for your symptoms, and look up some cannabis success stories while you are at it, you honestly will not believe it!
Consuming THC and CBD
There are also tons of different ways to consume THC and CBD. The most common ways are inhale, take an edible, use a sublingual, or topically (body rub). It is important to know which mode works best for you and your goals.
The way you consume cannabis, determines the outcome. Inhaling (personal favorite) allows you to feel the effects instantly, and control the intensity of your high. Edibles are recommended for anyone who is looking for a more mellow, longer effect that takes a couple of hours to kick in. Sublingual includes tincture (drops under the tongue), oils, hard candy and are best for non- smokers and people with digestive issues. Topicals, of any kind, do not get you high and are best used for muscle pain, arthritis and other inflammation issues. Topicals include body rubs, lotions, salves, and balms. When finding your correct dosage, start small (5-10mg) and work up as you see fit.
Cannabis for Wellness
If you are not interested in getting high, and do not have a medical need for Cannabis, but still want to experiment with cannabis products, there is an entire wellness area of the plant.
Skincare, haircare, body creams, almost anything you can think of, this plant can probably provide. Oh, a little cherry on top, CBD is safe for your animals also! I know many people who give CBD to their aging or injured animals to help with pain and anxiety. It’s a great natural alternative to over the counter medication that really does work.
CBD is much more accessible than THC. While THC can only be purchased in a licensed dispensary, CBD you can find almost anywhere. As always, do your research on a product before your purchase. A great book that I recommend is “A Woman’s Guide To Cannabis.” It is filled with tons of great information, animations, and recipes all tailored towards cannabis and women.