THC AND CBD - EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

One of the most recent developments in the vape industry isthe use of hemp and cannabis derivatives in vape liquids. As the cannabisdebate rages on, CBD has become widely used and completely legal, even withoutprescription. It might sound complex, why are two slightly different chemicalsfrom the same plant separated as legal and illegal? On top of this, we can seethe use of CBD applied to many different products, not just vaping. Nowadaysyou can find nasal sprays, coffee and tea shots, alongside creams and foodstuffsinfused with the products. The world isn’t turning into Amsterdam or Canada,but instead is wising up to the uses and benefits of CBD. Here are some of thereasons why CBD is becoming so popular.

What is CBD?

CBD is a derivative of the cannabis plant and a chemicalwhich is found in about 40 percent of the plant extract. When isolated, CBD hasa wide range of effects which make it beneficial for medical and recreationalpurposes.

What is the lawsurrounding CBD?

In the UK, CBD is no longer a controlled substance and canbe bought from cafes, vape shops and many other outlets. Bin recent years, ahighly publicised email from the home office concerning CBD infused chewing gumthat cannabidiol on its own was not illegal. That being said, any CBD productcontaining any other prohibited marijuana-based product or chemical will beunder far more scrutiny.


What are the benefitsof CBD products?


Pain relief

One major use of CBD is in its pain-relieving effects. Thismakes it perfect for creams aimed at arthritis and sports injuries. CBD impactsa neural receptor named the endocannabinoid receptor and reduces inflammationin the affected areas. Sprays such as Sativex have been developed for this veryreason, especially in combatting the symptoms of multiple sclerosis.

Anti-anxiety anddepressant

Cannabidiol reacts with the serotonin receptor in the brain,releasing chemicals that induce feelings of happiness and relaxation. Thismeans that CBD has been used successfully in the treatment of young people withPTSD, alongside combatting insomnia and anxiety disorders.

Reduces cancersymptoms

With chemotherapy making leaps and bounds in terms of itseffectiveness recently, it continues to induce debilitating side effects suchas vomiting, nausea and pain. CBD combats these side effects, smoothing out thecancer treatments side effects.

Improves circulation

In part because of its uses in stress relief and incombatting anxiety, CBD has shown evidence of lowering blood pressure which inturn helps to improve circulation and heart function.

Reduces epilepsysymptoms

Used in the treatment of several very rare epilepsyconditions in children, one of the main reasons that CBD has gained so muchmedia attention is due to its use in epilepsy medications. The anticonvulsantproperties of CBD is in part due to its soothing effects.

What is THC?

Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC is a chemical found within thecannabis plant which can cause a range of physical and psychological effects onthe human body if ingested. THC is the chemical mostly attributed to cannabisand differs from cannabidiol in that it triggers psychoactive side effects. THCand CBD are in fact quite similar in their chemical makeup. The only differenceis that their identical atoms are arranged in contrasting ways.

What is the lawsurrounding THC?

In the USA THC is legal as a prescribed medicine in over 33states. 10 states now allow cannabis to be sold without prescription. The UKdiffers in that cannabis is still illegal, but has been allowed as a prescribedmedicine in some cases.

What are the benefitsof THC?

The comparably mild effect of CBD make way for a strongerand sometimes hallucinogenic set of cannabis related symptoms.

Improves appetite

Cannabis is well known to eb associated with “munchies”. Aplot point in many stoner comedies, the munchies are caused y the cannabistriggering hunger glands in the body.

Sensory enhancing

CBD enhances sight and hearing, alongside the imagination.This is where the psychoactive effects come into play, sometimes creatinghallucinations in high doses. This can help in certain therapeutic ways, eventhough some would see these hallucinatory effects as more of a side effect thana benefit.

Antioxidant

In the cannabis plant, the THC chemical is used to defendagainst poisons, in the human body it has the potential to defend againsttoxins as well. THC is often used to combat carcinogens, cancer causingchemicals, and whilst smoking it can cause pollutants to be formed, THC whenadded to the best e liquids, willnot cause the inhalation of any harmful products.

Anti-convulsant

Alongside CBD, THC is also a potent anti-convulsant. THCsprays and pills are used in states and countries where it is legal to combatthe effects of epilepsy. In the UK it has also been allowed in cases of severeepilepsy. Usually this is through oral administration.

Can protect the brain

A study as recently as 2014 showed that those with THC intheir systems are 80% less likely to die from brain injuries such as headtrauma. Animal experiments have also shown that animals are protected by THCafter brain injury. The THC chemical, whilst acting as a muscle relaxant andanti-depressant, can also protect brain cells.

Side effects of CBD

Although it has many beneficial effects, CBD has been knownto cause nausea, skin irritation and vomiting. This completely depends on theperson and the method of ingestion. With CBD, too much could make you feel sickor cause a headache, especially if you use too much CBD vape.

Side effects of THC

Whilst there are many benefits to the medicinal use of CBD,it can have an adverse effect on anxiety, depression and other mentalillnesses. Some recreational marijuana uses have been known to become paranoid,the heightened sensitivity leading to negative effects and an irrationality ofthought. Although the mid twentieth century propaganda of “Reefer Madness” is atad hysterical, marijuana can still have an adverse effect on your mentalhealth, especially if from untrustworthy sources, which is an argument in favourof its regulation. 

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