Let’s Start With THC, Shall we?
The psychological effects of marijuana stem mainly from the THC or tetrahydrocannabinol. Our body naturally produces cannabinoid chemicals, these chemicals are a part of the endocannabinoid system (ECS) and are located throughout our body. This system is responsible for processes including memory, mood, pain-sensation, and even appetite.
You are not alone if you have never heard of the ECS, in fact the majority of the population has not heard of it, even though research has shown that “The endogenous cannabinoid system, named after the plant that led to its discovery, is perhaps the most important physiologic system involved in establishing and maintaining human health.”
According to the National Institution of Drug Abuse (NIH), THC attaches to these cannabinoid receptors and activates them, specifically the cannabinoid receptor 1 (CB1) which ultimately causes a feeling of euphoria or a “high” feeling.
THC -It’s More Than Just a “High”.
It is important to remember that THC is not only used to get “high”. TCH is actually found in medicines that are used for cancer patients to treat nausea associated with chemotherapy as well as medicines used for improving appetites, which is a common complication that is associated with AIDS patients. The Mayo Clinic also states that the use of THC, found in medical marijuana, to be beneficial for the treatment of Glaucoma, pain, seizures, and spasticity.
Now that you understand the basics of what THC is let’s move on to CBD.
So, What About CBD Anyhow?
CBD or cannabidiol is basically THC’s distant cousin. CBD is one of the 113 cannabinoids identified in hemp plants, but it does not make a person feel “stoned” like THC does – actually it has been known to counteract the psycho-activity of THC.
An article published in The Washington Post states this: “Take a few milligrams of CBD as, say, an oil slipped onto the tongue or a piece of candy, and it tastes unmistakably like cannabis, which is to say, slightly minty and herbaceous, and just a little funky. But cannabidiol’s effect is startlingly anticlimactic. It’s weed without the high.” The article goes on to cite an aesthetician who claims, “a little of it swiped onto the face could help repair the ravages of age”, she goes on to say, “it wipes away the sleeplessness and the stress and the nagging pain in her back that has left her with a slight limp, though she’s only in her 30s.”