What is the difference between CBD and THC?
What is the difference between CBD and THC? This is the most basic question asked to a doctor by a patient. This blog article from josephrosadomd.com will briefly answer the question for you. Enjoy!
Medical THC vs. CBD – What is the difference?
Medical cannabis is a plant-based medicine from the Cannabis sativa or Cannabis indica species with three major active compounds: THC and CBD among a few others such as CBN for example.
Did you know that THC or tetrahydrocannabinol is the psychoactive compound in marijuana? It is true. THC was banned in the United States in the early 1900s because of this reason. It is responsible for the “high” individuals feel when they ingest, inhale, or consume in some manner.
Furthermore, there are two man-made drugs called dronabinol (Marinol) and nabilone (Cesamet) that are synthetic forms of THC. Believe it or not, these two drugs are FDA-approved to prevent nausea and vomiting in people receiving chemotherapy.
CBD or cannabidiol is another compound from the cannabis plant. CBD is not psychoactive. CBD is thought to be responsible for the majority of the medical benefits. This based on what is extracted from the Cannabis plant.
Can CBD help with epilepsy?
Yes, it looks like it can. Research shows that epidiolex is a CBD oil extract that is undergoing clinical trials for epilepsy treatments. So far it has had positive results but there is plenty more research that needs to be done.
Okay so let’s look at this on the world stage… Nabiximols or called Sativex by some is a specific plant extract with an equal ratio of THC: CBD. It has been approved as a drug in the United Kingdom as well as elsewhere in Europe. Europeans use this drug for the treatment of multiple sclerosis, spasticity, neuropathic pain, overactive bladder, and numerous other medical conditions.
Medical cannabis products are available with a huge range of THC and CBD concentrations. Most experts agree with the opinion that 10mg of THC should be considered “one serving”. A patient interested in using medical cannabis CBD or THC should inhale, ingest, or consume no more until they know their individual response.
So again – What is the difference between medical cannabis THC vs CBD?
The new rapidly becoming popular medication comes from the cannabis plant. It has been used for centuries across the world. Many civilizations have used the plant for medical purposes. THC offers a ‘high’ and CBD does not.
Both have qualities for pain management and a better quality of life. Therefore, it is simple to see that THC or CBD medical cannabis can help patients to relieve symptoms of, or treat diseases and other conditions.
I hope this article helped you learn a little more about what is the difference between THC and CBD and it shared some answers for you. If you want to learn more about this for medical practice schedule an appointment with Dr. Rosado or purchase his book on Amazon.