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CBD vs THC: What You Need to Know About Medical Cannabis

Mankind has developed a relationship with medicinal plants that date back as far as civilization itself. Botanical remedies for many medical conditions originated in antiquity and are still being used today. The knowledge and use of cannabis for medical, religious, and recreational use date back as far as 6000 BC. Hemp, the botanical cousin of the marijuana plant, was being used as a raw material for ropemaking in Europe and the Americas for centuries, and the importance of hemp rope in shipping and textiles resulted in the cultivation of hemp being mandatory in some of the early colonies of the early United States.

The medical benefits of cannabis have been long established. In 1830, a doctor in Ireland identified cannabis extracts as being useful in lessening the pain and discomfort of Cholera. By the late 1800s, patent medicines containing cannabis extracts (many containing the psychoactive cannabinoid THC) were popular in Europe and the United States. Social pressures stemming from the use of marijuana as a recreational drug led to its prohibition in the United States and other countries in the early 20th century. With a few exceptions, this prohibition resulted in significant restrictions on the use of cannabis in medical research. 

Recent discoveries and reexaminations of the medical properties of cannabinoids,  primarily cannabidiol (or CBD) and the endocannabinoid system itself, have resulted in reforming many of the laws concerning prohibitions on the use of cannabis for medical research. 

What is THC and is it included in CBD medication?

There is an extant body of knowledge covering the physical effects of cannabis. This largely concerns the effects of THC that cause the feeling of being “high” and was the primary reason for the prohibition of the plant. THC is only one of the 140+ known cannabinoid compounds in cannabis, and these compounds are undergoing careful study to determine their potential medical applications. CBD compounds are legally prohibited from containing any more than 0.3% of THC.

Medical Uses for CBD Compounds 

CBD for Sleep and Stress: CBD gummies and CBD tinctures are two of the most popular CBD compound products. There is research that supports the use of CBD to reduce stress. CBD has been found effective in reducing stress levels in test subjects. 

CBD for Soothing the Body: Studies into the analgesic properties of CBD are yielding positive results in calming the body. Studies also suggest that there is a possibility for future use of CBD for chronic problems. 

CBD for Pets: CBD dog treats and CBD for cats have been found to relieve stress from travel, separation, and distress from medical conditions or surgeries. To learn more about our CBD products, please call 757-577-1024.  

Note- Please consult your physician before beginning or discontinuing any medication. CBD should not be used with any medication containing a “grapefruit warning.” 

CBD compounds may, by law, contain no more than 0.3 % of THC. While this is not enough THC to create a psychoactive effect, it may still be detectable in some tests. If you are prohibited from using any product containing THC, CBD treatments may not be an option. 

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