There are literally hundreds of different compounds that can be found in the cannabis plant. Cannabinoids are numerous, but the two most popular are THC and CBD. Both of these cannabinoids produce healing effects, but THC is the one that will get you high. There are also compounds called terpenes. These are fragrant oils that provide marijuana with its amazing, unique scents. The entourage effect is the interactive synergy of these cannabinoids and terpenes which produce the wide-array of medical benefits.
Isolates vs. Whole Plant Therapy
The entourage effect is a prime example of why THC-isolates or CBD-isolates may not always be the best choice for treating your condition. While it is true that isolating these two cannabinoids can be extremely helpful, this process can potentially decrease the cannabinoids symptom-treating abilities.
Whole plant therapy utilizes the entire plant, using the full spectrum of therapeutic compounds, instead of just one. Smoking cannabis flower is the main way to experience the entourage effect. Combining multiple cannabinoids and terpenes, or leaving them in their natural state, will allow them to work together, and even accentuate their healing capabilities.
Every Compound Matters
You may be wondering why you’ve only ever heard about THC and CBD. “If the other cannabinoids are so important, why don’t I know about them?” This is because on their own, they may not be so important. THC and CBD isolates are the only two that can produce significant effects. The other cannabinoids however, greatly influence the effects of these two main compounds.
You may also be wondering why terpenes matter so much. “Does the smell of marijuana actually play a role in its medical properties?” Why yes, it does! There are over 200 terpenes in the cannabis plant, all of which have different aromas. Our built-in (endocannabinoid) system, responds differently to each terpene. Terpenes play a role in how quickly cannabinoids can enter the bloodstream. The interaction between cannabinoids and terpenes can increase the medical benefit, significantly.
The Medical Possibilities are Endless
There are perhaps thousands of medical possibilities waiting for us. With so many cannabinoids and terpenes to work with, the combinations and therefore, medical possibilities, are endless!
Most of us have first hand experience when it comes to the effects of alcohol. As the medical marijuana industry continues to grow, many of us are now also aware of how our bodies respond to cannabis. As the use of marijuana continues to become more mainstream (much like alcohol), we must ask the the question: Can you use alcohol and marijuana at the same time?
The short answer is yes, you can, however, this doesn’t mean that you should.
Alcohol Vs. Marijuana
Alcohol is a depressant. While it affects everyone differently, it can cause you to become angry, sad, aggressive, and make decisions that you wouldn’t normally make.
Marijuana is an antidepressant, however it too will produce certain effects on your mind and body. It can cause some people to become relaxed or energized, while others can become anxious, depressed, and paranoid.
Obviously, you don’t want to combine the two if you’re someone that gets angry or depressed from using one or the other, as combining them would make the situation worse.
If alcohol and cannabis relaxes you, you may be able to combine them. There were two studies conducted on the combined use of alcohol and marijuana.
The first study found that cannabis activates CB2 receptors. These are receptors that are built in to the human body to help with pain relief, immune response, etc… Smoking cannabis interacts with these receptors, altering your gut motility. The study found that smoking marijuana before drinking alcohol actually caused blood alcohol levels in the participants to be lower than if they had just drank alcohol alone.
The second study had the opposite effect. Participant’s drank alcohol first and then smoked cannabis. This caused the levels of THC in their blood plasma to skyrocket. This is due to the fact that the alcohol caused their blood vessels to dilate, which allowed the body to absorb the THC much faster than it would have had they not drank alcohol.
According to the studies above, if you ARE going to drink alcohol and smoke marijuana around the same time, smoke first and drink after. Drinking before smoking marijuana can increase the effects, causing you to feel extremely nauseous, anxious, paranoid and more.
As with most things, moderation is key. Keep in mind that these studies are based off of smoking marijuana. There is no research to suggest how drinking alcohol while eating edibles, dabbing, or using tinctures will affect you.
So, can you use alcohol and marijuana at the same time? You can, but we highly recommend choosing marijuana and forgetting about alcohol. If you’re anxious, stressed out, or seeking relief it will help you a lot more than alcohol will. It can treat a wide variety of symptoms with a lot less risk of negative side effects.
We feel that it’s also important to note that alcohol will leave you with a hangover the next day, while marijuana will not.
If you’re new to the world of medical marijuana, you probably have quite a few questions floating around in your head. The most common question among new patients is what is the difference between THC and CBD? There are 4 main differences between THC and CBD, which we will address below in order to help you understand which of the two may be a better option for you.
1. Psychoactive Vs. Non-Psychoactive
We have built-in receptors all throughout our body. These are cannabinoid receptors, more easily referred to as CB1 and CB2 receptors. CB1 receptors are found in practically every major organ in the body. CB2 receptors are specifically related to the immune system.
THC is psychoactive, meaning that it affects the body and the mind. This cannabinoid is what gives marijuana it’s classic “high” or feeling of euphoria. It accomplishes this by binding directly to the Cannabinoid receptors. THC is better used at night, or when you know you’re going to be home for a while.
CBD is non-psychoactive, which means it has the capabilities to heal, without the euphoric high. CBD binds indirectly to the Cannabinoid receptors. This is an excellent choice for those that need relief during the day. It will allow you to reap the medical benefits while maintaining a clear head.
2. Found In:
THC is only found in Cannabis plants. Generally, marijuana needs to be grown in warm, humid climates. The typical cannabis flower contains 10-14% THC. This cannabinoid is still illegal in some states.
CBD is not only found in cannabis plants, but hemp plants as well. Hemp can be grown in a wide variety of environments, and contains less than 1% THC. While CBD is found in marijuana, hemp plants actually contain a higher concentration of CBD than cannabis plants do. CBD is legal in some form in all 50 states.
3. Helps Treat:
THC can treat pain, stress, insomnia, loss of appetite, nausea, Glaucoma, muscle spasms, and more!
CBD is capable of treating inflammation, pain, stress, anxiety, depression, migraines, arthritis, epilepsy, paranoia, digestive problems, and more!
It’s apparent that THC and CBD can treat several of the same symptoms. It accomplishes this because they share some of the same properties. The main difference is that THC is associated with a high, so if you’re looking to stay clear-headed, you should choose CBD. If you’re seeking that euphoric, enlightening feeling, consider trying THC.
4. Possible Side Effects
THC can produce side effects such as anxiety, paranoia, memory impairment, changes in appetite and/or weight, etc… It’s important to note that THC does not cause anxiety or paranoia in everyone, however, it’s difficult to know how you will react until you give it a try. If you’ve never used THC before, do so in the comfort of your own home around a trusted, sober friend or family member.
CBD can cause you to experience drowsiness, changes in appetite and/or weight, and sometimes, though rarely, diarrhea. It is extremely uncommon to experience any negative side effects when using CBD, but if it’s your first time use caution. Start out slow and progress from there.
We hope that we’ve cleared a few things up for you so that you can better understand the main differences between THC and CBD.
If you feel that you may be a good candidate for medical marijuana, call us at (786) 224-4005 or schedule a free consultation ONLINE to speak with a certified physician who can answer any questions that you may have.
CBD is capable of treating a myriad of different symptoms in men and women, of any age. There are some health issues, however, that are much more common among the female population. Do you suffer from any of these women’s health issues that CBD can treat? If so, medical marijuana may be right for you.
If you’ve ever had a migraine, you know how painful and debilitating the accompanying symptoms can be. While both men and women can suffer from migraines, they are much more prevalent among females. Oftentimes, migraines are caused by fluctuating estrogen levels in women. After menopause, migraines tend to become less frequent but this isn’t always the case. CBD can be extremely beneficial before or during a migraine as it can reduce or even eliminate the pain altogether.
Around the age of 40, sex drive naturally begins to decrease as estrogen levels drop. This can cause you to become less sensitive to touch and experience a decrease in arousal. One way to counteract this drop in estrogen is to boost serotonin levels. CBD can boost serotonin levels and libido thus stimulating sensation and desire.
Do you find yourself tossing and turning at night? There are many reasons that you may be suffering from insomnia. Symptoms from menopause and other forms of stress or discomfort can keep you awake at night. All too often, prescription sleep aids are prescribed to solve these issues, however, these pills can produce side effects that are even worse than the original problem. CBD, on the other hand, can relieve anxiety while easing pain (without any uncomfortable side effects) so that you can sleep through the night and wake up well-rested!
This is another health issue where a fluctuation of hormones is to blame. As estrogen and testosterone rise and fall, our emotions can get all out of whack. Again, prescription drugs are commonly used to correct these irregularities, but antidepressants can come along with potentially dangerous side effects. CBD is a fast-acting and potent treatment for mood irregularities, that can boost your happiness naturally!
Symptoms of Menopause
Aside from the aforementioned low libido and mood irregularities, other symptoms of menopause include vaginal dryness, painful sex, and hot flashes. While CBD does not directly treat these issues, the boost in serotonin brought about by CBD helps diminish these symptoms. Vaginal dryness and painful sex are replaced with increased sensation and desire. Serotonin reduces hot flashes by decreasing core temperature.
Personally speaking, this is one of the main reasons that I use CBD. It’s becoming much more accepted by physicians as a viable treatment for menstrual cramps. CBD has antispasmodic properties that make it an excellent choice for muscle contraction and cramping. Dr. Shivani Amin said, “CBD is the most powerful anti-inflammatory compound of the cannabis plant.” He went on to say, “It has proven to be 60-100% more effective that Ibuprofen.”
Many synthetic drugs prescribed for joint pain are dangerous and temporary fixes, at best. CBD can reduce inflammation and relieve even the worse joint pain.
Estrogen helps maintain strong bones, so when levels begin to decline, bones become weaker and more brittle. CBD slows this process, helping to maintain and even increase bone density.
Don’t live in pain or discomfort for a second longer. If you suffer from any of these women’s health issues that CBD can treat, call us at (786)224-4005 or schedule your free consultation ONLINE today.