THC vs CBD

More and more people are choosing to use cannabis products for medicinal purposes or simply for recreation. There are many of them in the market that derive from this plant that despite being famous, is stigmatized and it is not completely accepted around the world. They can be used for both humans and animals since they have a number of characteristics that are beneficial to mammals in general due to the endocannabinoid system they possess.

Before learning about each kind of them, it is important to know the compounds derived from cannabis with which these products are usually prepared. They are the THC (Tetrahidrocannabinol) and CBD (Cannabidiol), both extracted from the marijuana plant, they are two active elements, called cannabinoids, that generate different effects but that are intimately linked since they interact and balance each other.

Both of them are phytocannabinoids (cannabinoids produced by plants) that act on the endocannabinoid system of mammals, influencing the CB1 and CB2 receptors like the cannabinoids generated by the human body. For its part, THC is the psychoactive component of cannabis, it produces high levels of pleasure and drowsiness in those who ingest it, for that reason, it is used more for recreational than medicinal purposes.

THC also increases appetite and pleasure when eating, so it is prescribed to treat problems such as anorexia and bulimia. Its somnolent effect makes it a great ally when treating sleep disorders such as imsonomy because it raises the desire to sleep in people and the possibility of doing it deeply, reaching greater rest. However, as it is a psychoactive, this element is forbidden in many parts of the world and it is even thought that this has the drawback to affect short-term memory. One of the most famous high THC products is Rick Simpson Oil, a substance used for the treatment of chronic diseases since it exerts a great effect on releaving pain.

On the other hand, we have the CBD. This element is the most used in the medicinal field, although it works in many ways to enhance the effect of marijuana when it is used recreationally. The CBD exercises a function on the central nervous system, the immune system and the peripheral organs, which makes it a great ally, too, when it comes to fighting pain and reducing the symptoms of some diseases. It has somniferous and relaxing properties, although on a smaller scale than THC, so it can also be used to treat insomnia, anxiety problems, nervousness and stress.

The most important characteristic of CBD is that it is not psychoactive. In fact, it is able to counteract the effects of THC, helps prevent short-term memory loss caused by the intake of THC and, in addition, has antipsychotic and anxiolytic properties that make it a product of great help in treating schizophrenia. It has no psychotropic effects so it is considered safe for many people. It also has anti-inflammatory and anticonvulsant properties, perfect for treating diseases such as arthritis, multiple sclerosis and epilepsy. CBD oil, the substance used with many medicinal purposes, is the most commercialized CBD product.

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Alwyn is the Director and acting Chief Instructor for The IKMF – Thailand and has been teaching Krav Maga since qualifying as an IKMF instructor in 1996. Alwyn has taught Krav Maga to thousands of people around the world in regular classes, courses and seminars and is one of the most enlightening and entertaining and skilled instructors anywhere.

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