In recent years, the use of medical and legalized recreational marijuana has become more common around the world.
As CBD and THC slowly but surely making its way into the mainstream, information about it has become more widespread.
It’s no longer just a general understanding of Indica or Sativa strains, and the uncertainty of exactly what you’re getting from your dealer.
There are more calculated and in-depth details that can help you find the perfect balance to treat your condition, help you sleep, or have a good time at a party.
But along with the flood of new cannabis-related information, comes a lot of jargon – and it can be overwhelming!
One of the most fundamental things to understand is the difference between CBD and THC.
To put it simply:
CBD is a hemp or cannabis extract and does not provide a high.
You may have also heard CBD referred to as cannabidiol.
THC is the psychoactive compound that does have an effect on a user’s state of mind. The higher the THC concentration of a marijuana plant, the stronger a user’s high will be.
You have probably not heard THC referred to as tetrahydrocannabinol, but that’s what it stands for.
CBD is most commonly used to treat seizures, pain, nausea, arthritis, anxiety, depression,
headaches/migraines, and more.
THC is used to treat pain, insomnia, nausea, anxiety, to increase appetite, and more.
As you can see, the substances both have similar effects and can be used to treat similar conditions, but are not one and the same. They both interact with the body’s cannabinoid receptors but have different effects.
Because cannabis is still a controlled substance, dispensary employees aren’t able to give medical advice. So for now, if you’re after CBD to treat a condition, you’ll need to explore and research this relatively new path on your own. Some doctors are well-versed in the benefits of marijuana, but not all are likely to suggest it.
Luckily, we know that marijuana isn’t inherently dangerous and you can trial-and-error different strains and ways to ingest the substance pretty safely on your own.
The way you choose to take CBD/THC will play a large part in the effects you feel. It’s a good idea to keep a notebook and track your experience with different methods of ingestion, THC levels, and strains.
Once you find the perfect balance to suit you, you’ll be happy you recorded it!
But that’s not all; people are getting creative! Some of the more unusual ways to ingest CBD include lattes, beer, tea, ice cream, body moisturizer, and even dog treats. Hey, dogs get anxious too.
One of the most impressive medical advancements that have come from the use of CBD is its effect on severe cases of epilepsy, most often for children. Parents have been turning to CBD oil when regular treatments are ineffective and have found incredible results.
On October 17th, 2017 (why didn’t they choose April 20th?) Canada became one of just two countries in the world to legalize marijuana for both medicinal and recreational purposes. There is an ever-growing number of legal retailers popping up in major cities like Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver, as well as smaller towns like Innisfil, Ontario (which has three!).
These dispensaries have trained staff with a wealth of knowledge about the details of CBD and THC and can help you find the right product for you as long as it’s being used for recreationally. They can’t offer advice on how to treat your epilepsy condition, for example.
CBD oil that’s derived from hemp plants contains less than 0.3% THC, unlike CBD derived from marijuana which can reach upwards of 30% THC.
The two plants, hemp and marijuana, are not the same… but think of them as cousins.
Because of this, CBD extract from hemp is more commonly used for products that serve to help with pain, epilepsy, and other conditions. It is possible to ingest hemp without any disinhibiting side-effects, which is a preference for people who are after quick and long-lasting pain relief, without the high.
Hemp has a lot of other fantastic qualities beyond its low THC and calming properties. Clothing, paper, seeds, hygiene and many more products have become more popular as the world looks towards a more sustainable future. Wearing hemp clothing won’t get you high or even make your pain go away, but it will make you feel better about your contribution to climate change!
Some people enjoy the social aspect or ritual of rolling and smoking a joint but don’t want to have an altered state of mind, which can also be achieved with hemp, as THC below 0.3% will not cause a high. Hemp has quickly become a popular commodity for low THC products like oils and gels.
Marijuana growers adjust the potency of the THC in their plants depending on what they’re looking to achieve (ie. low THC for medical use, high THC for a stronger high), so not all weed is made equal. You can find the estimated THC concentration listed on the container when buying from a dispensary, whether it be CBD oil or dried bud, and everything in between.
The higher the THC the more intense the high, which can be nice if you’re an experienced user, but is not advised for someone using marijuana for the first time. Even for experienced users, very high THC potency can cause dizziness, confusion, anxiety, and lapses in memory – which isn’t fun!
For those who find the effects of highly potent THC levels unpleasant, choosing strains with a lower concentration will ease this intensity and allow you to enjoy the benefits of marijuana for health and/or recreation.
Now that marijuana has become legal, our ability to reap the benefits of this natural product has greatly improved. For many people that aren’t familiar with all the ins and outs of various marijuana knowledge, the small yet important differences between CBD and THC can be confusing. Now you have everything you need to know to make an informed decision about the marijuana products you ingest.