Marijuana, containing both CBD and more THC than hemp, has demonstrated therapeutic benefits for people with epilepsy, nausea, glaucoma and potentially even multiple sclerosis and opioid-dependency disorder.
The Drug Enforcement Agency categorizes cannabis as a Schedule 1 substance, meaning it handles cannabis as if there is no accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse. Scientists don’t know exactly how CBD works, nor how it interacts with other cannabinoids like THC to give marijuana its added therapeutic effects.
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CBD comes in food, tinctures and oils, just to name a few. Here are some commonly used terms used to describe CBD products in the store.
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So, the short answer is: yes, you can medicate with cannabis without getting high.
The whole story, however, is more nuanced and medical marijuana without THC may not be the best solution depending on your condition.
It’s All About the Ratio
THC and CBD have inverse effects on the body and mind so the ratio of THC to CBD is vitally important for medical patients. Because research is just in its infancy, medical professionals have different opinions on the ideal ratio.
CBD is the answer. CBD acts as a counterbalance to THC, and there are a few strains and many products that contain CBD with little to no THC. It’s medical marijuana without THC.
THC is well known as the primary compound behind the experience of getting high – the dreamy heightened sensory mind state most associated with cannabis. CBD affects a wide range of systems in the body and is the source of many of the remarkable medical benefits of cannabis.