Article was originally published on SundayScaries.
When most people think of marijuana or cannabis, most people’s first thought is stoners typically in their head young people who talk slowly and don’t pay attention and can’t retain any knowledge. To be fair, some users of cannabis do use this for the reality and mind-altering effects. In recent years, however, further studies have shown there are compounds within this centuries-old cultivated plant that can be beneficial to all.
As stated previously, there are two main compounds in which researchers are focussing most of their studies: THC and CBD. These are two different products of the Cannabis sativa plant.
Tetrahydrocannabinol: What Is It?
Tetrahydrocannabinol is often billed as the “bad” compound of the two. This is, in the main part, due to the psychoactive impact it has on the brain. Although people say that it alters users state of mind, it does have several medicinal benefits too.
Both THC and CBD have different medicinal benefits. Each possesses strengths and weaknesses; for example, THC can hold individual with insomnia, whereas CBD hemp oil/tablets tend to have the opposite effect when used by individuals.
Cannabidiol: What Is It?
Like with medical marijuana and other CBD products, cannabidiol is the other main compound that researchers are looking into that also comes from the cannabis plant, Cannabis sativa. In recent years, it has got more attention almost more than THC. This is because researchers have found that it does not affect the mind the same way the THC does. Unlike THC, CBD does not have a psychoactive element or any mind-altering effects. To put it simply, CBD won’t get you high, whereas THC will.
Health Benefits of CBD
CBD is billed to have a number of medicinal benefits and can aid a multitude of different conditions, such as nausea, inflammation, and pain relief. Medically speaking THC can aid all these conditions too. However, THC can also aid mental conditions. It can be used to aid users with depression, anxiety, and several other more severe mental illnesses.
Users decisions on whether the take CBD or THC greatly depends on what the need aid with.
Why Are More Companies Turning to CBD over THC?
Basically, THC is prohibited under federal law in the united states and CBD is not. And because the United States of America it is putting in a lot of money farming and growing cannabis-related products, it makes sense that more of their products are more likely to contain CBD than THC.
In the US, marijuana and THC are clearly listed as a controlled substance and, therefore, are controlled under the Controlled Substance Act and prohibited. While more and more states pass their own laws on allowing people use these substances on medical grounds. Some states have even gone further and allowed residents to use marijuana and THC for personal use.
Whereas CBD is not named on the list of controlled substances, this means that technically CBD is legal provided that it is derived from hemp and not marijuana. In the UK, CBD is actually legal and CBD oils and cannabis plant medicine are available across the counter and at high street stores and pharmacies. The only regulation on this is that the THC level in the product has to be below 0.2% as many researchers believe that the THC content at this level does not have a psychoactive effect on the user.
CBD hemp seed oil has been billed as the better of the two substances based on the fact it still has all the same medicinal effects as THC but none of the what some may call adverse side effects of it getting a user high. When studied by researchers CBD oil has a high potential for not only helping and treating common health problems such as acne and heart disease to cancer and mental health issues such as anxiety and depression, which is why CBD oils and ointments are becoming more readily available on the market rather than those which contain THC.
How Else Can CBD Hemp Seed Oil Help?
A common problem that almost nearly every teenager or some adult go through is acne and it is a problem that not only affects people’s confidence but in extreme cases can affect the body’s immune system. CBD oil has been proven to help with inflammation not only with arthritis and other physical pains but may help with acne management. A recent study showed that it helped delay activity in the glands in the face that create acne.
Another major medical benefit of CBD oil uses is cancer treatment. Cancer treatment is often a grueling and painful process that can lead to many patients feeling stressed, aching, and in pain. CBD oil has been proven to help counteract these symptoms. And, being a natural substance, many people prefer this to chemical pain relief. CBD has also been shown to have anti-tumor effects and can increase the actual expiry of tumor cells in colon cancer and leukemia. It’s also been shown to stop the actual spread of cancer cells in some types of cancer.
CBD oil is relatively new and, like all new products on the market, needs to have more research into it to ensure the safety and all medical benefits and side effects. But, no doubt there is more medicinal benefits to be exposed. In short, the best thing to do if you are looking into trying the various health benefits of CBD oil, you should go to your doctor to discuss further to ensure you are on the correct dosages and to ensure it will benefit you in the best possible way.