Cannabinoids (CBD & THC)
CBD, short for Cannabidiol, is the non-psychotropic compound found in the cannabis plant that has therapeutic potential when it interacts with the body. It plays a role in many of the body’s biological responses, including balance in our body’s immune system, communication between cells, appetite, metabolism, memory, sleep and more.
THC, short for Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol, is a psychotropic cannabinoid compound with many potential medicinal benefits. THC has strong analgesic, appetite stimulant, antiemetic, and antispasmodic properties. THC is responsible for the euphoric effect as described by patients.
Are THC and CBD the same thing?
No. CBD (Cannabidiol) is a non-psychotropic cannabinoid compound known for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory potential benefits. THC (Delta 9-Tetrahydrocannabinol is a psychotropic cannabinoid compound that has strong analgesic and appetite stimulant potential. It’s also known for its euphoric effects.
What are the side effects of CBD?
CBD has a narrow side effect profile. Some reported side effects of cannabidiol include dry mouth, low blood pressure, light-headedness, and drowsiness, however, these are very uncommon.
Patients with autoimmune disorders or those who suffer from a lot of allergies could have a negative response from carrier oil or capsule container. In those cases, CBD Isolate (which is 99% pure CBD) would be a better form to try CBD.
Signs of liver injury have also been reported in some patients, but this is very uncommon.
Can CBD make me feel high?
Please discuss this with your prescribing doctor as there can be variances between CBD isolate and CBD full-spectrum products. Although CBD itself is non-psychotropic (meaning it won’t make you high), each patient may react to CBD differently.
Can I control my pain with CBD alone?
Please consult your prescribing doctor for more information. Some patients find their pain is controlled by CBD alone. As CBD is a strong anti-inflammatory, it can subsequently decrease inflammation which can alleviate the pain.
Is CBD addictive?
As of today, in literature, no cases of abuse and physical addiction have been identified in animals or humans.
Is it possible to use CBD when pregnant or breastfeeding?
Please consult your prescribing doctor for more information. Studies are inconclusive surrounding this issue; however, it’s worth keeping in mind that there are several cannabinoids that are naturally present in breast milk, produced by the body’s own endocannabinoid system.
What are the side effects of THC?
THC is a psychotropic cannabinoid compound and the possible side effects include increased heart rate, dizziness, drowsiness, impaired short-term memory, dry mouth, nausea, anxiety, increased appetite and euphoria.