While there are many cannabinoids, CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) are the two that have been most studied. Most people know that THC is responsible for psychoactive effects (the “high”) while CBD doesn’t cause any type of high. However, many patients are still confused about the difference in medical application is between CBD and THC. The two substances can seem to be interchangeable as they are both derived from cannabis plants and worse, some may potentially overlook the long-term benefits of consuming CBD. 

According to a Harvard study, both compounds have been shown to help treat anxiety disorders such as PTSD; epilepsy; acne; psoriasis; nausea relief; inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn’s, and severe neuropathy.

However, unlike THC which only works on certain receptors in the brain and body called CB1 receptors – CBD interacts with a wide range of receptors. These include serotonin receptor sites as well as dopamine receptor sites. What this means is that CBD has a broad spectrum of potential treatment options. 

CBD is a naturally occurring compound found in cannabis plants

Today, we know more than 100 cannabinoids found in cannabis plants, and each one has different effects on our bodies. In recent years, there has been an increased demand for high-quality CBD because of its wide-ranging benefits. If you’ve never tried CBD, it is advisable to discuss it with your medical professional.   

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Although some people may experience side effects when taking either compound, most patients report few negative side effects when using CBD products compared to those who consume high levels of THC. That said, CBD is a widely applicable treatment for a variety of health issues. We have found in our office that a number of patients under-treat with CBD. 

CBD ultimately works with the body to achieve optimal homeostasis (a perfect balance of health). 

CBD has been shown to have medically therapeutic properties that include:

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • anticonvulsant
  • anxiolytic, and antiemetic effects

CBD works by increasing serotonin levels in the brain and also decreasing inflammation at the endocannabinoid system. It is important to note that no psychoactive effects are felt when using CBD so there is little risk of experiencing side effects like paranoia or hallucinations which can be experienced with THC-containing products. 

Furthermore, it doesn’t cause addiction like other drugs, because it does not contain any sedating properties or addictive substances.

Where can you find quality CBD? 

MMTC’s (dispensaries) across Florida carry CBD, it’s notable that the THC product lines are far more robust than those that are CBD specific. This can lead patients to seek out over-the-counter products, many of which are less than transparent in their ingredient lists, certificate of analysis, and other important information about the supply chain. 

If you have any questions about a product that you’re considering, please reach out to our office for further information or discussion. We would be happy to review the pros and cons of whichever item you’ve chosen for your cannabis journey. 

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Dr. Kelly Ennix King is a licensed medical cannabis physician in Florida and California.

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