More people are relying on prescription drugs now than ever before in the history of modern medicine. More than sixty percent of adults in American take at least one prescription drug. If the norm prevails then very soon we shall have eight to nine out of every ten adults dependent on some prescription medication. While medicines do offer relief and some are also effective at curing certain conditions, there are adverse effects of such prescription drugs and over the counter medications. This has prompted many to turn to natural remedies. Since many chronic conditions cannot be cured by traditional medicine, managing the symptoms using drugs that have side effects is not the most desirable treatment. This is also prompting people to explore alternatives, such as medical marijuana and cannabidiol.
Medical marijuana and cannabidiol are the most intensely and widely debated natural substances right now. Medical marijuana has been the subject of much debate over the last fifty years. Sustained pressure and scientific findings substantiating the health benefits of marijuana have compelled a few state legislatures to legalize it for recreational use. CBD oil is a relatively new alternative but it is attaining the same cult status as medical marijuana. The two substances are not the same. Both medical marijuana and cannabidiol oil are being claimed to have preventive health benefits and positive effects on symptoms of chronic conditions. Let us explore the differences between the two and how they may be useful or not.
Differences between Cannabidiol and Medical Marijuana
The most notable difference between cannabidiol and medical marijuana is the psychoactive or psychotropic effect. Cannabidiol or CBD oil is not psychoactive. The psychoactive substance in medical marijuana is THC or tetrahydrocannabinol. CBD oil in its pure form does not contain THC. In other words, medical marijuana can give you a high but you cannot get inebriated with cannabidiol. THC can make a person addicted to medical marijuana. You will not grow any dependence on cannabidiol. You may get familiar with it and might want to continue using it but there is no intoxication and hence no addiction as such.
Cannabidiol is a regulated substance. It is listed in Schedule I. It is not outright illegal. Medical marijuana is illegal in some states. Cannabidiol containing substantial THC is illegal in some states. Cannabidiol or CBD oil does not have any serious adverse effect. Medical marijuana has a few negative effects and mostly due to THC. Tetrahydrocannabinol can cause anxiety and paranoia, lack of focus or concentration, shallow breathing, dizziness, impaired coordination and increased appetite. While an increased appetite may not be a concern for many, it is a problem for those who are already overweight or obese. They will eat more and gain more fat in the process, unless they lead a fairly active lifestyle with regular workout sessions.
Cannabidiol does not cause any cognitive impairment. It does not inebriate you or give you a high. It does not alter the normal functioning of the mind. The Food and Drug Administration has legalized the use of cannabidiol for treating epilepsy in children. THC is not safe for children. It has long term effects on the health of adults too. CBD apparently does not have any long term adverse effect, unless you are using cannabidiol oil in some form that is smoked or vaporized. In that case there may be some effects on the lungs.
Medical marijuana can be safe in moderate dosage. How it is consumed is also important as it influences safety. Smoking medical marijuana will expose a user to carcinogens. Using medical marijuana in edibles can be safe in little quantities. Overdosing on medical marijuana can have serious side effects. Cannabidiol is safe in moderate quantity. It does not have any major side effect unless anyone takes all third tablets in a pack or a whole bottle of CBD oil at one go. Cannabidiol is a dietary supplement. It can be ingested using a dropped. There are capsules. You may also buy it as isolate powder. The method of administration or ingesting the cannabidiol oil or other form is precise. Medical marijuana does not have such specific dose. There is very little chance of actually overdosing on cannabidiol. Even if you take too much, you are unlikely to experience any grave effect.
Medical marijuana is not legal throughout the country. It is legally available in over thirty states. Cannabidiol is legal throughout the country but only when it does not contain THC. If CBD oil contains THC, then specific state regulations will come into play. If the THC content is less than 0.3% or 0.5%, then the CBD product may be legally available. CBD products should not contain 1% or higher THC. As more research emerges, cannabidiol is turning out to be more beneficial than medical marijuana with none of the side effects or risk factors.