CBD is a non-psychotropic cannabinoid that is found in the hemp plant, actually, we extract CBD from hemp. That means it does not cause the high feeling that is associated with cannabis. Many patients have reported an alert effect after using CBD. As such, it’s important to be careful not to use it in high amounts when nearing bedtime.
Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, on the other hand, is a psychotropic cannabinoid. That means it is responsible for the high feeling that is associated with cannabis. When ingested, THC stimulates the brain, leading to dopamine release. Once released, dopamine creates a sense of wellbeing and euphoria. It also creates a relaxed feeling in the user.
CBD graduates THC effects while reducing its side effects that are associated with psychosis. This gives the user a more pleasant experience while enhancing relaxation by using different CBD products. Each product has a positive impact, whether it is a cannabidiol vape, gummy bears with CBD, or even CBD bath bombs from CBD Bath Collection.
For instance, when CBD and THC are used together, they enable the user to sleep better unlike when they use prescription drugs.
Benefits of THC
Studies have shown that THC has numerous therapeutic applications including improving the symptoms of depression, nausea, insomnia, appetite loss, as well as moderate and mild pain. The pre-clinical trials done by the FDA recently suggested that THC reduces neuropathy onset in patients that suffer from this condition. Neuropathy refers to nerve pain or nerve degeneration. Another study conducted by the International Association for Cannabinoid Medicine revealed that THC is beneficial for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder’s therapeutic aid. The study attributed the effect of THC on PTSD to the brain’s CB1 receptors. THC stimulates these receptors thereby playing a crucial role in the elimination of adverse memories that are at the center of PTSD.
Generally, THC is a strong pain killer and an anti-inflammatory agent. Research has shown that it reduces the brain’s amyloid plaques that cause Alzheimer’s severe condition. Pre-clinical trials have also shown that THC reduces vascular endothelia’s growth factor levels in glioma cells or brain cancer cells. This reduction is very important because it means tumors that result from brain cancer cannot grow new blood vessels that are necessary for their sustenance, growth, and eventual spreading. This discovery is important because it gives hope for effective brain cancer therapeutic aid.
Studies have also shown that THC is an effective antispasmodic, muscle relaxant, bronchodilator, powerful antioxidant, and neuro-protectant. Its anti-inflammatory power is twice the anti-inflammatory power of hydrocortisone and 20 times more than that of aspirin.
Benefits of CBD
Studies have shown that CBD has numerous therapeutic benefits just like THC. CBD may help with the chronic pain that is caused by muscle convulsions, inflammation, and muscle spasticity. This pain is commonly experienced by people that suffer from epilepsy, fibromyalgia, and multiple sclerosis. Additionally, CBD has been proven effective in helping people that suffer from anxiety.
A recent study by Temple University revealed that CBD can be used as a strong preventative medication for chemotherapy-induced neuropathy. This is a side effect that is caused by some chemotherapy drugs.
Many scientists know CBD for its ability to counterbalance tachycardia or rapid heartbeat, anxiety, sedation, and hunger that are caused by THC as well as its effective control of epilepsy. Studies have also suggested that CBD can be used to address conditions that are difficult to manage including rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, cancer, antibiotic-resistant infections, neurological disorders, and alcoholism.
And what does CBD do? Research has shown that CBD has strong anti-convulsant, anxiolytic, anti-emetic, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-psychotic, and anti-depressant properties. The most exciting properties of CBD are its anti-inflammatory, neuroprotective, and antioxidant properties. That’s because when these properties are combined, they enable it to potentially relieve Parkinson’s severe condition, Alzheimer’s severe condition, and neurodegenerative-related severe conditions. Studies have also shown that CBD helps in the regulation of blood pressure. It is also cytotoxic to some cancer cells such as cells that cause breast cancer and it helps in the protection of healthy cells.
Benefits of using CBD and THC together
Studies have shown that CBD and THC have a synergistic effect. That means when a person has both in the body at therapeutic levels, their effects are more than when each is used alone. For instance, when CBD and THC are present in the body, the THC-therapy effect is prolonged by the inhibition of the breakdown of THC by the liver. Thus, CBD inhibits the breakdown of THC by the liver enabling THC effects to persist longer. When
Currently, studies are being conducted at the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco and they are showing that when both CBD and THC are injected into the brain and breast tumors, they can eliminate them completely within 30 days. When applicable CBD dosage of 4% is ingested with THC, CBD reduces psychoactivity that is normally experienced by many patients due to THC.
What Medical Professionals & Scientific Studies Are Saying
A 2021 study involving two Universities in Colorado had the following outcomes; see a photo of the full abstract below.
The Entourage Effect
When CBD and THC are used together, they potentially create what is known as the entourage effect. The entourage effect, eloquently defined by Healthline shared the following:
To further support the theory of the entourage effect, here is a double-blind, multicenter, placebo-controlled, randomized, and parallel-group study on cancer-related pain. The very last sentence offered in this study stated the following and we quote:
This study shows that THC:CBD extract is efficacious for relief of pain in patients with advanced cancer pain not fully relieved by strong opioids.
Here are a few more studies with implications that the two cannabinoids work better when used together whether medicinal or therapeutic:
From all of these public-accessible research studies, it seems as though THC and CBD, when combined, have significant and potentially real implications for people that want to avoid synthetic medications and prescriptions.
How CBD and THC Work
THC and CBD have many benefits to the human body due to the fact that they are active pharmacological compounds that mimic the natural endocannabinoids that are produced by the body. These endocannabinoids maintain a critical balance (homeostasis) in biological functions within our body and experts within the industry believe that this vital balance is the primary role of our Endocannabinoid System (ECS).
When this balance is disrupted, the body gets into a stressed state, and endocannabinoids are activated by the presence of CBD and THC by either downregulating or upregulating our endocannabinoids in order to fix this unbalanced state. Therefore, it is suggested that THC and CBD are effective because of their ability in supporting the ECS and helping the ECS to better manage internal crises while restoring balance after trauma when endocannabinoids are activated on their own.
According to research, the ECS is connected to the following processes within our body. This further insinuates the potential benefits of CBD and THC when combined because of their ability to support the proper functioning of the ECS:
- chronic pain
- various immune system responses
- motor control
- cardiovascular system function
- muscle formation
- bone remodeling and growth
- liver function
- reproductive system function
- skin function
- nerve function
None of what you read here today should be considered medical facts nor used as a substitute for professional, medical, or legal advice. This information is simply an accumulation of publically accessible information which we cited all throughout this article and we transparently brought this information to you.
Thus, even though THC and CBD have been studied for several decades, a lot of their benefits are still considered to be “unknown” or too controversial to be accepted as medical facts. Nonetheless, we remain positive in the hope that as more research is completed, more positive findings will come about which will help solidify some of the medicinal, therapeutic, and health benefits mentioned in the studies referenced in this article.
We’ve listed more supporting references and sources below.