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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