Do I Need a Little Bit of THC in my Oil Too?
CBD and THC: Two Opposite Compounds in One Plant
THC is short for tetrahydrocannabinol, which is the psychoactive component derived from the marijuana plant. THC produces a euphoric high when interacting with receptors in the brain, which is why marijuana has long been sought after as a recreational drug. While THC may produce feelings of calm and peacefulness in some users, others may find that it actually increases feelings of anxiety and paranoia. Individual body chemistries react to THC in unpredictable ways. This unpredictability makes THC undesirable as a reliable anti-anxiety or anti-depressant therapy.
CBD, (cannabidiol) on the other hand, provides a counterbalancing effect to the psychedelic euphoria caused by THC when they are taken together, for instance when smoking marijuana. This moderating effect keeps the THC induced psychedelic high from getting out of hand. Marijuana or hashish with high THC content and low CBD is actually intoxicating. Ingesting too much THC unregulated by proper CBD levels can produce psychedelic reactions similar to hallucinogens such as LSD.
Taking CBD oil alone allows healthy ingestion without any THC content at all. Most CBD on the market is derived from the hemp plant, which is rich in CBD content and very low in THC. As we will see, CBD is the component in hemp or marijuana with all the therapeutic benefits. THC has no therapeutic role at all, therefore it is not needed in our CBD oil regimen. Even if some THC content were present, the CBD would inhibit any of its psychoactive effects rendering them inactive.
That’s not to say that CBD doesn’t function as an overall mood enhancer because it does, and does so wonderfully. This is why so many are using a CBD regimen as a natural, organic alternative to synthetic anti-anxiety and anti-depressant drugs, which may produce limited relief from symptoms and carry with them many debilitating side effects. CBD oil can act as a supplement to restore natural “endogenous” CBD levels which the body has lost due to factors such as injury, environment, and stress.
CBD Natural Whole Body Therapy
CBD works so well as an anti-anxiety, antidepressant, and anti-inflammation treatment (and more!) because human brains (actually all mammalian brains) are all equipped with what has come to be known as the endocannabinoid system or ECS. The ECS consists of receptors in the brain which Mother Nature has in place for CBD molecules. These receptors are most active in areas of the brain which regulate mood, sleep, cognitive function, immune system reactions, and anti-oxidation. The ECS also includes CBD receptors in nerves and cells throughout the body, providing whole body communication, or biofeedback, for healthy regulation of all the body’s systems.
CBD vs Pharmaceutical Antidepressants
Because the human brain and body are already naturally equipped to use CBD, the undesirable side effects of synthetic chemical anti-depressants can be avoided. We’ve all heard the long lists of side effects which the big pharmaceutical companies are required to read in TV ads for their synthetic antidepressant concoctions. Diarrhea, constipation, dizziness, headache, changes in libido and mood swings. These are just the mildest of the debilitating side effects.
Most recently an ad for a “supplemental” medication advertised to increase the effectiveness when taken with another “primary” antidepressant listed “coma and risk of death”! Sadly 41 million Americans have put up with these unhealthy effects in an attempt to relieve the intense sadness of acute depression, yet only one in three report satisfaction with the results of these prescription drugs.
CBD Declared Beneficial by FDA
Fortunately, parents who tried CBD as a treatment for seizure disorders for suffering children have reported miraculous results over the past decade. This led to further research and the eventual discovery of the endocannabinoid system, which is the key to relief from a host of disorders.
Finally, after years of overcoming an undeserved cultural bias against medical marijuana, CBD has come into its own. The natural, organic solution to so many afflictions, has proven itself in testimony after testimony, leading the FDA to declare CBD as beneficial in its wide and varied applications.