What is weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist and transcendentalist

You’ve likely heard these acronyms. What are THC and CBD? Why is everyone talking about them? At Verano™, we’re more than just cannabis growers, producers and sellers. We’re educators too.

Two primary cannabinoids found naturally in the Cannabis sativa plant are Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). Though THC and CBD share a common bond in interacting with the human body’s cannabinoid receptors, it’s where their commonalities end and their differences begin.

THC serves as the primary psychoactive component of the cannabis plant. It’s what creates euphoria or “the high’ in recreational adult-use consumption. Typically, the human body naturally secretes two neurotransmitters, anandamide and 2-AG. Both can regulate eating habits and sleep patterns. They also aid in managing pain and other functions of the body. In the absence of them, THC and CBD can serve to mimic their benefits.

It can support the human body in reducing aggression, inducing relaxation, and altering the optical, olfactory and auditory senses. Those who are fatigue or have appetite issues find that THC can control and/or better regulate them.

From a health care standpoint, THC has been found to be useful in the following:

  • Improving digestion
  • Alleviating chronic pain, nausea and vomiting, and inflammation
  • Reducing chemotherapy’s side effects
  • Regulating motor issues related to multiple sclerosis and spinal injury
  • Managing immune and digestive issues related to HIV/AIDS

CBD has the same chemical composition as THC, but its atoms are laid out differently. As a result, it doesn’t have the same psychoactive component as THC. However, it’s still an essential part of the cannabis plant and is found in both medicinal treatments and in agricultural hemp. CDB is more likely to be found in natural and dietary supplements because it provides relief from symptoms without the psychotropic affect.

Studies have shown CBD to provide the following:

  • Pain relief related to cancers, neurological diseases and other chronic illnesses
  • Reduction in motor coordination symptoms related to multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Parkinson’s and epilepsy
  • Lessen acne, psoriasis and inflammation
  • Alleviate the affects of depression, anxiety, and ADHD

As CBD and THC research continues, it’s likely that there will be other health care discoveries that support the validity of their benefits. As with all health care issues and drug usage, please consult your physician to determine the best course of treatment. Additionally, should you opt for cannabis products as part of your health care regimen, be sure to consult a reputable dispensary for more information.

THC in high doses can occasionally have the opposite affect, intensifying pain rather than alleviating it. Additionally, a combination of THC and CBD in the proper doses might provide better efficacy rather than one or the other.

Finally, many people don’t realize that each form of cannabis can have different effects – beneficial and detrimental. Therefore, it’s essential that you speak with a highly knowledgeable, reliable Patient Care Advisor. He or she can advise you the product and format that will yield the best outcome for your needs and preferences.

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