Understanding THC and CBD

| by: Purspirit Cannabis Co.

If you’re new to cannabis, you may be confused by the terms THC and CBD. You may be wondering why you see CBD for sale over the counter, but THC requires certification and a medical marijuana card. Today, we’ll get into the details of THC and CBD, including the benefits of each to patients seeking to treat a specific ailment. For more information about specific THC, CBD and hybrid products, check out our menu.

Cannabinoids

The cannabis plant contains over 100 types of cannabinoids, but the human body is most responsive to two of those, and you’ve probably heard of them. The first, THC—short for tetrahydrocannabinol—is the ingredient responsible for the relaxed, high feeling most people associate with marijuana. Cannabinol, better known as CBD, does not have the same psychoactive effects as THC. CBD is commonly sold as an over-the-counter supplement for everything from inflammation to anxiety.

The compounds both come from types of cannabis plants. THC is most commonly found in marijuana plants, which are bred to contain high levels of the compound. CBD is derived from the hemp plant, which contains less than 0.3% THC content per plant.

Advantages of THC

Aside from the relaxed high that comes from THC, the compound functions as an analgesic and anti-inflammatory medicine, controls nausea, suppresses seizures and muscle spasms and creates a feeling of well-being. There is very little risk of addiction to or dependency on THC and it is not fatal, even at high consumption levels. THC is helpful in counteracting the effects of treating and living with AIDS, glaucoma, cancer and chemotherapy, PTSD, multiple sclerosis and more.

Advantages of CBD

Many of CBD’s uses are common to THC. It is used as an antidepressant to combat anxiety and depression, to reduce nausea and vomiting, as an anti-inflammatory drug and as an anticonvulsant in people with epilepsy and other seizure disorders. When used alone, CBD has a narrow therapeutic window, meaning only a small range of doses is considered effective. The entourage effect suggests when CBD is used with small doses of THC, the psychoactive properties of THC are lessened and the overall effect of the CBD is stronger. Microdosing involves tiny doses of THC, so little that the psychoactive effects are not felt.

Side Effects of THC and CBD

Some of THC’s main side effects are what you might expect: red eyes, dry mouth, memory loss, increased appetite or “the munchies” and slowed response times, to name a few. THC use can also result in problems with concentration, drowsiness, coordination issues and increased heart rate. For some users with anxiety, the effect of increased heart rate can amplify or trigger anxiety attacks.

The Wrap Up

THC and CBD both have their medical uses when used separately, but when the two compounds are used together, the effects medicinal properties are strengthened and more noticeable. The whole-plant mentality involves using all parts of the cannabis plant for better health. Check out the full range of THC and CBD products, and learn more about cannabis at Purspirit.

Disclaimer

The statements made on this website about Purspirit products have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Our products are not intended to prevent, diagnose, treat or cure any disease and should not be considered a substitute for or alternative to advice from a healthcare professional. The efficacy of our products has not yet been confirmed by FDA-approved research. Please consult your doctor or healthcare professional about potential interactions or complications before using any cannabis product.