Medical cannabis: Why CBD and not THC?

 What’s in your cannabis?  Not all cannabis strains have the same effects on your brain.

Marijuana has many chemicals, the best known of which is THC.  THC produces the high associated with marijuana and has medical value, though THC is also associated with many side effects including potential anxiety, memory loss, and sedation.  When present in cannabis, the chemical CBD protects against these negative effects of THC.  At the same time it protects against negative effects of THC, CBD enhances its desirable effects including the easing pain, decreasing of muscle spasticity, as well as helping with nausea and vomiting.  CBD also possesses exciting potential anti-cancer properties.

Cannabidiol (CBD) found in cannabis helps with pain and does not make patients feel “stoned”.  After years in which only high-THC Cannabis has been available, CBD-rich strains are now being grown for medical users and can be found at the better dispensaries in the Seattle area.

Scientific and clinical studies indicate that CBD is effective in easing symptoms of a wide range of difficult-to-control conditions, including arthritis, muscle spasms, diabetes, alcoholism, PTSD, epilepsy, and neurological disorders.  CBD protects nerves, and its anti-cancer potential is currently being explored at several academic research centers in the U.S. and other countries.

The reduced psychoactivity of CBD-rich cannabis strains makes them a terrific treatment option for patients seeking pain relief, anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety and anti-spasm effects of cannabis without the sedation or head high of other cannabis strains.

Patients should be aware of the higher risk of memory impairment associated with smoking high-THC strains of cannabis like ‘skunk’ strains.  High CBD strains of cannabis should be prioritized as medicine as they help prevent the memory impairing effects of these high THC ‘skunk’ cannabis strains.

Check out my video post ‘What’s in your cannabis?’ to see how high CBD strains might affect you.

Here’s a great video discussing one aspect of the CBD/THC paradox:

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8 Responses to Medical cannabis: Why CBD and not THC?

  1. Juanita Padilla says:

    Its great to see doctors coming around on the topic of CBD, Ive been using CBDoil for a while now and I can personally say that it helps me a lot. Cannabidiol is pretty awesome stuff:)

  2. Dylan says:

    This was very informational, I had no idea that there was CBD in Marijuana.

  3. Barbara says:

    how do you know you will buying from a reputable seller??

    • admin says:

      Barbara, good question. Products should be laboratory tested by a reputable cannabis testing laboratory. Also, CBD products from hemp are inferior to those from whole plant cannabis that is not hemp. -Dr. Jake

      • jellero says:

        i do not agree here. whay do you say this?
        at least with the charlottes web i grow and breed, it is hemp not cannabis and has 20-26 percent cbd, less than 1 percent
        thc. i don’t know why it would matter what the plant is called.
        the charlottes web does a great job in helping with some drug withdrawals. i currently am tapering off of lyrica after two years. highly addictive, do not take lyrica! the cbd takes away the weird anxiety i get from the lyrica taper. best used in oils, lasts longer. j

        • Dr. Jake Felice says:

          The overall terpene profile and cannabinoid content are what matters in terms of effects. Strain names are becoming/have been irrelevant.

    • jellero says:

      grow it yourself with seeds from the breeder.j

    • Dr. Jake Felice says:

      we know cannabinoid levels only when tests are performed by a reliable laboratory

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