Wellbeing

THC and CBD, What Is It?

This is probably not the first time you hear about either THC or CBD. Both these products may be relatively new to older generations but for this current generation, it seems like THC and CBD are everywhere. Both these products help people of all ages and they can be taken in many different forms. There is anything from THC gummy bears to CBD flowers, the possibilities are limitless. 

We are going to take an in-depth look as to what these products are and how they can help you. First, we will look at CBD. CBD, or Cannabidiol, derives from the hemp plant. The hemp plant has been not only for medicinal purposes but it has been used commercially with textiles, clothing, shoes, paper, and more industrial products. Both THC and CBD originate from the hemp plant but these products should not be confused as they interact differently within our body.

CBD is a naturally occurring compound that is found in the hemp plant and hemp has been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years. Primarily, it has been used to help people with anxiety, falling asleep, or people who struggle with chronic pains. 

People who suffer from anxiety can use CBD products because it is considered non psychoactive, or less psychoactive than THC, and doesn’t give the consumer any weird mental hallucinations. This means that CBD will act primarily as a muscle relaxant and ease the tension of the consumer rather than make them feel “high” as opposed to THC. 

There are many reasons why people experience chronic pain whether it is due to long lasting injuries, natural aging, or unknown variables, CBD has helped people lessen their pain so that they may be able to continue with their daily activities. You can smoke CBD by using CBD vape oil or you can use it as a topical cream for muscle pains.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), they said that “In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential”. They also said that there has been no evidence showing that the public has experienced any health related problems associated when using pure CBD. This is important because it signifies that the hemp plant, regardless of the way it is extracted or purified, has minimal risks compared to any other medicinal alternatives. 

The research conducted on CBD is just scratching the surface and the results are very promising. There is much hope that CBD will be used in treating other medical conditions and expand into other areas that the F.D.A. (Food and Drug Administration) will approve.

As mentioned before, CBD is used to help various conditions such as anxiety and chronic pains, but it also helps and is not limited to nausea, inflammation, migraines, and other mental disorders. Some of the common side effects that people experience are dry mouth, slight nausea, dizziness, and suppressed hunger. These all happen if you take more than the recommended dosage of CBD but it is recommended to consult with your vendor or doctor if you believe CBD may cause any harm to your body.

CBD is safe when being used for dietary and medical purposes. CBD has been found to help people reduce nervousness and repair any cognitive impairment. People tend to make bad decisions when they are nervous or very emotional and CBD is a product that helps people relax and calm down. 

Inside the hemp plant, CBD and THC are just two of over 100 different types of cannabinoids within the hemp plant that help people in various forms. Now that we have gone over what CBD is and can do, let’s go over what is THC.

THC, Tetrahydrocannabinol, is also found in the hemp plant and it is the main psychoactive cannabinoid found to cause the sensation of being “high”. THC is one of the primary components in cannabis and it can be smoked, used in oils, tinctures, capsules, and even edible. 

THC has also been associated with helping people with anxiety, depression, and in some cases seizures but THC produces a heightened sense of euphoria and giddiness. Some of the side effects that people experience with THC are anxiety, psychosis, nausea, vomiting, and hallucinations. There have been many cases where consumers have taken cannabis for long periods of time and experience withdrawals that lead to trouble sleeping, decreased appetite, sweating, and headache. 

One of the main differences between CBD flower and THC flower or bud is the amount of THC within the CBD flower. According to the Farm Bill passed in 2018 by President Trump, it says that any cannabis or hemp plants that contain no more than 0.3% of THC on a dry weight basis are not considered a controlled substance under federal law.

What this means is that any hemp or cannabis plant that has less than 0.3% of THC is considered CBD because it does not contain enough THC to produce psychoactive effects to the body. More than 0.3% will begin to impair the judgement and actions of the consumer making it illegal at the federal level. It is also very important to check your current state’s laws because even though a product can be legal at the federal level, it may not be legal at the state level. 

Both of these products produce different effects and your experience will be unique in each situation. These products are available for medical or recreational use depending on the state you live in and both are accessible online.

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