What’s the Difference Between THC vs CBD in Medical Marijuana?

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If you’re even the slightest bit familiar with medical marijuana, you’ve more than likely heard of THC and CBD. These two very important ingredients found in marijuana are part of a group of compounds known as cannabinoids. They’re what make marijuana medically beneficial and play a very important role in the effects of cannabis in the body.

THC vs CBD: Which One Actually Gets You High?

THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is found most commonly in most medical marijuana strains and is what most people associate marijuana with. The use of CBD (cannabidiol) dominant strains, however, is not as widespread but is beginning to gain much more attention within the medical marijuana community. There are many that find they prefer CBD over THC, especially those who do not wish to experience the psychoactive effects THC is known for.

While both THC and CBD are both extremely beneficial medicinally, there are some vast differences between these cannabinoids. The following are the major differences between these two very important chemical compounds.

Only THC Gets You High

THC is the compound in marijuana that is responsible for getting you high. CBD strains, on the other hand, don’t contain any of these psychoactive properties at all. Basically, CBD can’t get you high. This is one reason it is becoming so popular as medicine and gaining more attention amongst the medical community.

CBD does not Make you Tired

There are countless patients that use marijuana as a sleep aid. THC is excellent for this and a wonderful medicine for those who suffer from insomnia or have trouble falling asleep. CBD does not induce sleep and actually promotes a more awakened state. This makes CBD good for people who need to medicate during the day, without experiencing the sleepiness (or the head change) common with THC.

CBD does not Cause Anxiety (But THC Might)

Many people that smoke marijuana find that it can give them anxiety or make them paranoid. It is actually the THC found in cannabis that causes this effect, but with CBD no anxiety is experienced at all. CBD actually does the opposite and can reduce anxiety in people that are prone to it.  CBD also helps to counter anxiety caused by THC.

CBD Contains Antipsychotic Properties

Since it helps to reduce the psychoactive effects of THC, CBD is thought to help prevent people from becoming “too high” when smoking marijuana. While it helps to normalize the effects of THC, CBD is also believed to contain antipsychotic properties on its own which shows great promise for people who suffer from diseases such as schizophrenia. It has also proved excellent for those who endure living with autism.

CBD is What’s Given to Children Suffering from Seizures

While marijuana has been controversial as medicine for anyone, there has been much controversy surrounding the decisions of parents who choose to medicate their children suffering from seizures. CBD has been shown to completely eliminate seizures in children and it is this that is offered to them, not THC.

Understanding that the differences between THC and CBD can help tremendously when choosing the right medicine for your particular condition. For those that want to get high, THC is the obvious choice. CBD however, is great for those who wish to experience marijuana’s medical benefits without getting a head change.

All cannabinoids have medical benefits. They are after all, what makes marijuana medicine. Knowing the difference of the cannabinoids found in particular strains at your local dispensary is extremely beneficial for treating your own unique needs and will open many more opportunities in your world of medical marijuana. If you are interested in trying CBD products, shop with Buy My Weed Online where you will find various CBD tinctures, sprays, patches, gels, jellies, oils, and even pet treats and salve. We also have a variety of THC products to choose from including our many strains of heady cannabis and THC isolates, tinctures, and sprays.


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3 thoughts on “What’s the Difference Between THC vs CBD in Medical Marijuana?”

  1. So, where in Guelph, Ontario can I find a doctor more aware of the benefits of medical marijuana? Mine thinks it’s a scam to sell more pot – I can’t seem to get through to him that this helps my IBS and my back spasms! Help! Please!

    • Hi Cheryl,

      Here is a list of friendly doctors in Ontario. Some close to Guelph, some not. http://www.420magazine.com/forums/canada/109955-marijuana-friendly-doctors-list.html

      With that said however we will still send you the worl’d best weed right to your doorstep as long as you aren’t a minor! No doctors required. Health Canada has made the system to convoluted and complicated which is directly against the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision to allow “reasonable access” to patients. Let me know if there is anything else we can do for you!

      • Andrew,
        There was no list or useful info except some blogs from some dope fiends looking to get high off doctors who don’t want the hassle….its people like this that ruin it for legitimate Med heads……the stuff may work for a small percentage of those who need help otherwise get something made by Pfizer or Abbott Labs, etc. they spend a lot on research and don’t need some weed junkies looking for cheap thrills or generic meds screwing up our, I mean their, business!! Generic med’s don’t work plan and simple stop them now….call your local PM!


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