Since it became legalized in 50 states, CBD has become one of the most talked-about supplements in the US, with a global market value of over $2 billion.
People credit this substance, derived from the hemp plant, with all sorts of beneficial qualities. Yet, CBD is only one of 113 cannabinoids derived from cannabis plants.
Others include CBN and CBG, as well as the illegal and much-maligned, THC. Keep reading to find out why THC products get a bad rap, while CBD stands out as the medicinal miracle of the modern age.
What Is CBD?
CBD stands for cannabidiol, which is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid derived from the hemp variety of cannabis plants.
It occurs in small quantities in all cannabis plants, but most manufacturers choose to go with hemp plants. These are specially cultivated to contain high levels of CBD and very little THC.
CBD doesn’t create the high associated with marijuana and is legal for use as a food supplement in most countries. All legal CBD products contain either no THC or less than the legal limit of 0.3%
All cannabidiols work with the human cannabinoid system to maintain homeostasis in the body. As such, they can have far-reaching health benefits, when taken regularly.
These include reducing the symptoms of:
- PTSD (Post-traumatic stress disorder)
The FDA has approved medication containing CBD (Epidiolex) as a treatment for two rare forms of epilepsy. Studies are ongoing to determine the cannabidiol’s effectiveness against a wide range of other conditions, including:
- HIV/AIDS symptoms
- Opioid dependence
- IBS and IBD
- Multiple sclerosis
- Movement disorders
Apart from all the above, THC may also help with nausea and poor appetite. There are three FDA-approved drugs made from synthetic THC used to treat these ailments, namely Marinol, Syndros, and Cesamet.
Types of CBD Products
You can take CBD in several different forms according to your needs and preferences. These include:
You take CBD oil using a dropper to add a few drops to a glass of water and then drinking it. For a quicker effect, you can place a few drops under your tongue.
The capillaries in this area transport the cannabidiol to your blood quickly to bring relief.
CBD oils consist of CBD mixed with a carrier oil, like coconut oil
Manufacturers make tinctures by steeping CBD in a strong alcohol-based solution. You take tinctures the same as oils, i.e. under your tongue or mixed with water.
You can also buy CBD oils and tinctures in the form of dissolving capsules that you place under your tongue.
CBD sprays comprise cannabis oil in a pressurized spray bottle. You can spray them into your mouth or under your tongue for faster results.
Edibles and Beverages
You can add CBD oil to food and drinks or buy edibles and beverages containing CBD. The most popular types of edibles include gummies and candies.
It’s easy to manage your dose of CBD with edibles since you can buy various strengths of gummies or candies and halve them if needed.
What Is THC?
THC stands for tetrahydrocannabinol. Although it’s also found in cannabis plants, and also works with the human endocannabinoid system, it affects a different part of the brain than CBD does.
That means THC has psychoactive effects. It causes feelings of euphoria, sedation, and sometimes paranoia.
It rose to fame in the 60s as a recreational drug, due to these characteristics. Since it’s easy for people to become hooked on these pleasant effects, THC can be addictive and is thus banned in most states.
There are two main types of THC, namely Delta 9 THC and Delta 8 THC.
Types of THC products
What are THC products used for besides recreation? Well, according to anecdotal accounts, THC has even more powerful benefits than CBD does.
Fans of THC agree that it can help with all the same things that CBD does, except faster. For these enthusiasts, the best THC products that you can buy legally, contain Delta 8 THC.
You can purchase Delta 8 THC products in all the same forms as CBD, except you can also smoke it in the form of marijuana.
By now, you’re probably wondering, ‘What’s the difference between Delta-8 and Delta-9?‘ Delta 8 THC is a much milder version of THC 9. That’s because of a slight difference in the molecular makeup of these compounds.
Delta 9 has a double bond on the ninth carbon atom, while Delta 8 has a double bond on the eighth carbon atom. For very complicated reasons, this means that Delta 8 doesn’t have the same psychoactive effects that Delta 9 does.
Depending on which type of THC you need, you can buy THC products online or at pharmacies. Delta 8 THC isn’t illegal, so you can buy it much the same way that you buy CBD.
You’ll need a doctor’s prescription to get your hands on Delta 9 THC unless you want to risk going in search of an illegal drug dealer.
You Make the Call
Now that you’re familiar with the differences between CBD and THC, you’re in a better position to choose the ideal supplement for you.
There are a few studies that indicate some health benefits surrounding the use of Delta 8 THC as well as cannabis. Yet, until more extensive studies take place, it’s unlikely the FDA will approve them for widespread medicinal use.
Fortunately, in most states, you can still try legal CBD and THC products for yourself to see if they benefit you.
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