Know the difference between CBD vs Medical Marijuana

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With growing popularity about the health benefits of cannabis, more and more people are curious to understand about them.

The two main cannabis products that offer health benefits are CBD and medical marijuana. They both are used mainly when traditional and medicinal drugs fail.

While both have some similarities, they are a lot different from each other.

They are produced differently and cause different effects. Let’s understand more about them.

Medical Marijuana

It is similar to recreational marijuana and is used for medical purposes. It is produced from the dried leaves and flowers of the cannabis plant.

Usually, it is smoked, but you can also take it in the form of edibles. Otherwise, you can also take it in the form of bowls, pens, or bongs.

The major difference between medical marijuana and CBD is the presence of THC. As medical marijuana contains THC, it may be associated with the euphoric “high” feeling.

It does so by interacting with the proteins (receptors) present on your nerves.

It is classified as a Schedule 1 drug that may result in a cerebral high and is thus illegal in many states. (It is legal only in 29 states)

Medical marijuana is mainly used for managing symptoms arising from autoimmune disorders.

Some negative effects of medical marijuana are:

  • Anxiety
  • Shallow breathing
  • Dizziness
  • Paranoia
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Increased appetite
  • Loss of coordination

Of note, while some individuals may find these symptoms unpleasant, others don’t face any adverse effects associated with medical marijuana.

Besides, if medical marijuana is smoked, it may increase the risk of cancer and other lung related diseases. Edibles are a better way of consuming them as it becomes easier to take a specified dose.

Cannabidiol (CBD)

CBD, just like medical marijuana, is derived from the cannabis plant. CBD and THC interact with your receptors differently.

Thus, cannabidiol doesn’t give the feeling of “high”, rather negates the effects of THC on your body.

However, CBD also includes health benefits and is seen to manage inflammation, pain, and anxiety. (National Cancer Institute)

CBD is legal in all 50 states.

So, it’s an excellent option for you if you want the benefits of cannabis while avoiding the psychoactive effects of THC. It is also an ideal option for you if you are sensitive to THC.

You can use CBD in the form of capsules, gummies, waxes, oil, or topical creams.

Furthermore, CBD is more like a health supplement without any significant side-effects.

Cannabidiol oil is beneficial for neutralizing various conditions such as depression, anxiety, nausea, and chronic pain

Final Thoughts

All in all, medical marijuana contains all the compounds of cannabis (mainly THC and less of CBD), while cannabidiol contains only CBD. It would help if you had a doctor’s prescription of medical marijuana while CBD can be obtained easily.

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