In the United States, cannabis is a schedule-I drug, meaning that it holds no (legal) medical purpose. This causes THC, a psychoactive cannabinoid of cannabis, to be in the same boat. Cannabis is commonly smoked or eaten for recreational means, and typically not from a medical doctor’s advice.
CBD, on the other hand, is non-psychoactive. That means it doesn’t impair its user, and may, in very specific scenarios, be used as a “therapeutic” drug. Below are just a few of the many differences between THC and CBD.
1. You can be prescribed CBD
The FDA, as of today’s date, seems to have officially approved three cannabis-derived drugs. All of the drugs are prescription from a licensed doctor only.
Epidiolex is a cannabidiol-derived medicine that treats rare seizure disorders among those one-years-old and up. These seizures can be life-threatening and devastating, affecting young children, toddlers, and adults alike.
Marinol is the brand name for dronabinol, a synthetic cannabinoid used to treat nausea and vomiting caused by cancer chemotherapy. Moreover, It can also act as an appetite stimulant and weight gain agent for those suffering from an HIV infection.
Syndros is very similar to Marinol, except that it is taken in a liquid form instead of a tablet form.
2. You can’t drive under-the-influence of THC
When taking THC, the cognitive function of the human body is interrupted. That means, just like with alcohol, driving “under the influence” can lead to misjudgement and total lack of control on the driver’s part. Cannabis has varying effects depending on the person taking it, and can cause “acute-psychosis” which can lead to paranoia, hallucinations, and delusions. Cannabis is, in fact, one of the strangest drugs due to its different effects on different people.
Perhaps, that is one of the reasons why it is such a feared and revered drug between the many countries of the world.
3. You can find CBD readily available online and in-stores
Depending on your state or country cannabis laws, CBD is joining more and more shelves in supplement stores and pharmacies. Why? Well, it’s because CBD is a non-psychoactive drug and not, consequently, considered to be a narcotic. Narcotics are commonly considered to be one of the scariest classes of drugs as they can numb the nervous system to the point of paralysis. Although paralysis is a long-stretch from having a bit of THC, that is one of the reasons why cannabis is considered to be a schedule-I drug… for now.
4. THC may cause you to have more side effects
Drugs of all (legal) types can help a person in their way to recovery… if the side effects aren’t bad enough to harm them. Drugs have been known to cause common side effect such as nausea, headache, dry throat, and drowsiness. But, they can be extreme enough to cause major organ damage, fainting spells, anxiety, and depression.
One reason why CBD is preferred by more people is its simple healing and calming properties. Those people are after what the drug offers to help, instead of the “experience” that THC offers.
5. Your pets can enjoy CBD
THC, in most animals, is a toxic substance that must not be ingested. Unlike humans, pets have more cannabinoid receptors in their brains (and they are smaller animals), which consequently makes intoxication and overdose far easier in dogs and cats. That sensitiveness is no job either, as too much THC will quite literally kill your best friend.
CBD, on the other hand, can help our pets with arthritis, general anxiety, and pain. With the recommended veterinarian brand and appropriate dose, you and your pet may just feel better in no time!