Cannabidiol Alternatives a Healthier Choice Over THC

Despite those who oppose the legalization of recreational cannabis use and, in some cases, even its medicinal applications, scientific evidence revealing its numerous health benefits have finally trumped the naysayers. However, smoking cannabis has also been proven to be worse for cardiovascular health than normal cigarettes.

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) Health Effects

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“THC comes into the equation, by binding to the Cannabinoid 1 receptor, or CB1. It connects with this receptor, impacting the way that neurotransmitters are sent throughout the brain and into different parts of the body. This is why THC is linked with the psychoactive effects as this process can slow down reaction time, as well as affect mood, behavior and more. For this same reason, the medicinal elements of THC can encourage certain processes within the body to increase productivity.”

It may be true that Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) possesses many more medicinal attributes than that of nicotine but the two compounds have similar negative effects on your health. This holds especially true for those who are chronic users of cannabis.

In the Journal of Thoracic Disease published by the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, researchers admit there is not enough information on the long-term effects of smoking cannabis but it is known to cause ventricular tachycardia and even myocardial infarction (MI). These same health issues are seen in tobacco smokers and are caused by the nicotine.

Smoking Cannabis More Risky Than Tobacco Products

“Marijuana has been the subject of intense debate over these last few years. Now legal in multiple states in the U.S. and authorized for medicinal purposes in even more, an increasing number of people are recognizing how arbitrary the line is between legal substances, like alcohol and cigarettes, and illegal ones, like pot — particularly since both alcohol and cigarettes have been shown to be extremely detrimental to the human body, while marijuana has not.”

Medical research shows that the above-mentioned health issues are compounded in those who smoke both cannabis and tobacco products. In addition to that, cannabis smokers may experience significant negative effects on their respiratory system, and more so than cigarette smokers since cannabis is usually inhaled deeper and held longer than tobacco.

For cannabis smokers, the smoke they inhale is thicker since cannabis burns at a higher temperature than tobacco. That thicker smoke inhalation is what causes cannabis smokers to cough while inhaling the smoke. The smoke from cannabis grows thicker as cannabis cigarettes become shorter, with people smoking them to a shorter butt length than those who smoke tobacco.

Furthermore, cannabis has many of the same particulates as tobacco but with up to four times the net respiratory burden than tobacco. Many researchers agree that chronic and even acute smoking of cannabis can harm the respiratory system, leading to illnesses such as Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease ( COPD ), bronchitis, and even lung cancer.

Cannabidiol (CBD) Versus Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)

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“Products from the cannabis plant offer many health benefits of interest to ApoE4 carriers and can enhance a program addressing lifestyle strategies. Cannabis products come in many forms with numerous delivery methods: tablets/capsules, edibles, beverages, vaping oil, dermal lotions/patches, sublingual tinctures, suppositories, and more, no need to smoke a joint. THC is a cannabinoid that is the psychoactive component of marijuana that produces a high. CBD, another cannabinoid, modulates several biological functions and, in the right percentages, can counteract the psychoactive effects of THC. Cannabis products come in various ratios of CBD to THC to best target the effect a person is trying to obtain. Many products with THC produce a high, but some do not, especially those with a high CBD to low THC content. CBD products from hemp do not produce a high.”

As more countries decide to legalize the use of cannabis for either medicinal or recreational purposes, a growing number of people from all walks of life want to know more about marijuana. One of the first things they learn is that there is a difference between cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

Out of 480 compounds in the cannabis plant, only 66 of them are considered cannabinoids, with the most well-known of them being delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ9-THC). The other cannabinoids include THCA (tetrahydrocannabinolic acid), CBDA (cannabidiolic acid), CBN (cannabinol), CBG (cannabigerol), CBC (cannabichromene), CBL (Cannabicyclol), CBD (cannabidiol), among many others. These particular cannabidiols do not make you “high.”

Though it may be perfectly legal to consume THC in some areas, many other jurisdictions have yet to follow suit, and even choose never to legalize its use. For those who live in a country or territory where THC-based products are legal, there are many people who cannot or do not want to consume THC due to its psychoactive effects. This makes CBD-based products perfect options for this group of individuals.

In this way, you can enjoy the health benefits of cannabis without the unwanted side effects that come along with THC.

Hemp Versus Marijuana: Important to Know the Difference

Primarily found in the hemp plant, a type of Cannabis sativa grown for industrial purposes, CBD is an extraction sold as oils, gels, gummies, supplements, CBD vape juice, among others. As for THC, it is the primary psychoactive compound in marijuana. THC, too, is available in various forms such as oils, capsules, edibles, tinctures, and more. Both of these compounds affect the body’s endocannabinoid system, but the effects are entirely different.

Hemp plants and marijuana plants seem very similar to the untrained eye. However, each species of cannabis can be recognized by apparent and distinct features.

Hemp plants grow tall and thin with skinny leaves, while their counterparts in the marijuana family are shorter and bushier with broad leaves and dense buds. Additionally, the leaves on hemp plants are concentrated near the top of the plant, with only a few scattered branches beneath the upper portion. Marijuana plants are usually much fuller.

Originally posted on Potent Media.