Marijuana has been used across many states in the recent past as a medicinal drug to treat post-traumatic stress disorder. Although its proof to be a cure may not have been well established yet some people have believed to be. Medical marijuana has among other many active ingredients the cannabidiol oil (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol ( THC ). These are the two most important and common active ingredients of marijuana. They play a very important role in the treatment of PTSD which has in the recent past become a common disorder across the world. Although the two components play the same role in the treatment they have some distinct differences as far as their interaction and effects in the body are a concern or even legality status.
CBD oil is obtained from a hemp plant while THC is a chemical that is extracted from a cannabis plant and is the one that brings about side effects of marijuana. As much as we may say that the two plays the same role in the treatment of PTSD, CBD may be highly recommended than THC, in that THC has more side effects than CBD.
The medicinal uses of THC include; act as pain-relievers, helps stimulates appetite, helps in relaxation and during sleep among others whereas CBD is used in removing anxiety, act as anti-psychotic agent, painkiller and protects the brain from damage. As far as psychosis is a concern, THC is psychoactive while CBD is not psychoactive in the sense that the user of the CBD will not have his/her mind malfunction or in short does not affect the feelings of the user. It is for this reason that we say that CBD has more health benefits as compared to THC. Although both are found in cannabis plants a lot of THC are in marijuana while CBD is found in plenty of hemp plant taking into consideration their contents.
According to how both react with the body, we can say that THC binds to the receptors in the body easily, therefore, stimulate the body uniquely hence causing the said side effects. This interaction is influenced by endocannabinoid system. CBD, on the other hand, interacts indirectly with the receptors in the body hence can manipulate a lot of receptors in the body. The difference in the interaction of the two ingredients is brought about by their difference in atomic formation.
In as much as we are defining these ingredients as medicine, they have some negative side effects in the body. THC alone has many side effects such as memory malfunction, coordination impairments, causes increased heart rate and lower the rate of reaction among others. On the other hand, CBD has less negative side effects. It is because of this reason that we report CBD as safer than THC.
Taking into consideration the legality status of the two, THC has been legalized for medical use only under the laws of different states and the recommendation of its use should be under the instructions of a licensed doctor. CBD, on the other hand, has been legalized in many states but limited to high-CBD and low-THC only. Unlike THC, CBD has been legalized both as a medicinal drug and for recreation since it is dietary.
According to differences explained above and as far as the effects of the two in the body is a concern, THC gets the user high while CBD does not get the user high. This difference is brought about by how the two interacts differently with the receptors it the body. THC over activates brain functions hence bring about brain malfunction which basically leads to change in the state of the mind. This changes together, therefore, makes the person high.
In a nutshell, THC and CBD are both products of marijuana used in the treatment of PTSD but they seem to perform totally different in realizing the same. As a matter of fact, despite all the differences the two have been used in the recent past to treat the post-traumatic stress disorder. According to the differences between THC and CBD as explained above in details one would recommend the use of CBD over THC as it is safer in the sense that it has no side effects as well as more legalized than THC in most of the states.