Today, 4/20, is National Weed Day. It is also the day we address the current health buzzwords: CBD and Medical Marijuana. Note: like any medication or treatment, we highly recommend that you consult with your doctor first.
What is the difference?
Medical Marijuana contains THC, which is the main psychoactive compound in marijuana that gives the ‘high’ or ‘stoned’ sensation. It can be consumed by smoking marijuana. It’s also available in oils, edibles, tinctures, capsules, and more. Medical Marijuana can be used to treat a host of conditions, including pain, arthritis, glaucoma, nausea (especially in cancer patients), weight loss, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, IBS, Crohn’s Disease, anxiety, insomnia, and more.
CBD is extracted from hemp or marijuana, and only contains trace amounts of THC (less than 0.3 percent). CBD has many of the same medical benefits as THC, except CBD is a non psychoactive compound, which means it does not cause the euphoric ‘high’. Some people prefer to use CBD because of the lack of side effects commonly experienced with THC, and for its lowered probability to show up in drug tests. “CBD has gained popularity due to its low likelihood of side effects,” According to a report from the World Health Organization, “In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential…. To date, there is no evidence of public health related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.”
CBD is sold in the form of gels, salves, creams, gummies, oils, supplements, extracts, and more. Some forms are even available over the counter at drug stores. CBD has solidified scientific evidence for treating epilepsy, and in addition to the benefits of THC it treats migraines, eases depression and psychosis, and chronic pain.
The legality of both Medical Marijuana and CBD varies from state to state, and in many cases is still being studied before it can be fully backed by the FDA.
A moderate and popular way of using CBD is through topical treatments such as creams, gels and salves to alleviate joint pain, arthritis, chronic pain, muscle pain, eczema, psoriasis, inflammation, and related conditions. However, buyer beware – not all products are marketed accurately and may contain less percentage of CBD. The best way is to consult with a doctor, or a licensed health professional who is familiar with cannabis treatments.
Private Home Care is a proponent for the responsible and safe use of medical and health treatment options, both conventional and alternative (for example – treating nausea with pepto bismol or ginger tea – or both!). Always consult with your doctor before starting any new treatment, especially medical marijuana or CBD.
To Your Good Health!
-Private Home Care Inc.