by Jimmy Vickers
If you are new to the world of cannabis and hemp, you are probably hearing a lot about THC and CBD – and trying to figure out what it all means.
How much THC and CBD the flowers produce depends on genetics. Some strains produce very little THC – we call these strains “hemp” and use them as a source for fiber to make paper or fabric or even plastics, and as a source for CBD. Most cannabis strains yield between 4% and 25% THC – we call these strains “marijuana.”
THC – Δ-9-tetrahydrocannabinol – and CBD – cannabidiol – are compounds produced by the cannabis plant that have a strong influence on our bodies.
What do CBD and THC in your Body?
What do these molecules do in your body?
Many people say that CBD is the compound that helps with pain and inflammation and THC is the compound that gets you high. That’s a bit of an oversimplification. While CBD works with the body to regulate inflammation and reduce pain, THC also can reduce pain and inflammation.
And while THC changes the way you think and feel and experience things, CBD relaxes your body and calms your nerves. CBD is responsible for what many people call the “body high.”It might be more accurate to say that CBD and THC are the Yin and Yang of cannabis chemistry.
In Chinese medicine, the yin is the calm, cool principle, and the yang is the bright, active principle.So too, THC is the more stimulating and activating compound, and CBD is the more calming compound. And just like Yin and Yang, they work closely together.
THC: The Yang of Cannabis
THC stimulates the central nervous system. If you are already feeling good, this can bring a feeling of bliss and an outburst of creativity. (What kind of creativity is another question. You could end up painting or composing music, or you could end up making an impromptu sculpture from cutlery and napkins.
If you are not feeling so great, or if you are prone to anxiety, that outburst of creativity might take the form of new things to be afraid of – panic and paranoia both involve the imagination.
THC settles your digestion and increases appetite – bringing great relief to many cancer and HIV patients.
THC can also provide pain relief for many people – especially when combined with CBD.
CBD: The Yin of Cannabis
CBD calms the nervous system, relieving stress and soothing anxiety. It can reduce the anxiety some people get from THC. It also acts on the nervous, endocrine, and immune systems to control inflammation. Out of control inflammation has been linked to a host of chronic health problems including allergies, asthma, chronic pain, autoimmune diseases, diabetes, depression, and cancer.
Both on its own and in combination with THC, CBD soothes pain.
THC and CBD balance each other. What ratio between the two will serve you best depends on your biology, your mindset, and the result you are looking for. Understanding the distinction between them is an important first step in figuring out what kind of cannabis to choose.
Do people use both CBD and THC for medical purposes?
Yes, people use both THC and CBD to treat a wide range of alignments. However, due to legal resectioning across the world, people have to use what is available to them.
With the UK warming up to the idea of using CBD and more and more states in the US becoming not only fully legal for medical users but also recreational users. Many people say that for CBD to be truly effective for certain serious conditions there has to be an element of THC in the mix to “activate” certain things in the CBD compounds. However, more research and time will hopefully reveal the true blend for certain conditions.
As of July 2019 the UK government is granting special conditions for patients to use both THC and CBD medically. With interesting developments reported here about “the legalities of CBD in the UK” and also “Medicinal cannabis products legally prescribed in the UK for the first time.” both these articles show a semi-positive step forward for patients, however with these progressions, other new problems arise. Worrying reports and articles like “NHS struggle to deliver NHS patients prescription” time will tell how we can solve all the issue that arise. 2019 and 2020 no doubt positive times for people that want to look into treatments containing both CBD and THC, but the fun doesn’t stop there, these are just 2 of the cannabinoids found in cannabis, there are plenty more and they also show possible treatments for a wide range of alignments.
Heres a list of a few more “less well know” canabiniods
CBG (Cannabigerol) THC (Δ9–tetrahydrocannabinol) CBD (Cannabidiol) CBC (Cannabichromene) CBGV (Cannabigerivarin) THCV (Tetrahydrocannabivarin) CBDV (Cannabidivarin) CBCV (Cannabichromevarin)