The popularity of CBD and medical marijuana has exploded as study after study continues to support the notion that these alternative treatments are effective at managing serious illness naturally.
Both come from a plants from the cannabis family and both have therapeutic effects. However, CBD and medical marijuana are strikingly different.
The biggest difference between the two is the ‘high.’ Medical marijuana contains high levels of the psychoactive compound THC. It’s a Schedule I drug that produces a cerebral high many find unpleasant and unwelcome.
Negative side effects of Medical Marijuana may include:
- Shallow breathing
- Difficulty concentrating
- Increased appetite
- Loss of coordination
While some people report no negative side effects using medical marijuana, for others these symptoms can be pronounced and unpleasant.
Medical Marijuana Safety
Safety concerns can also arise depending on how — and how much — medical marijuana is ingested.
Also, when medical marijuana is smoked, it carries the risk of carcinogens. And, when medical marijuana is used as an ingredient in edibles, the proper dosage can become cloudy. It can be easy to ingest too little and not achieve the desired therapeutic effects or ingest too much and become ill.
On the other hand, CBD oil is a pure dietary supplement that is most often ingested via dropper, capsules or isolate powder. Methods of ingesting CBD oil are more precise than medical marijuana. Plus, there is zero chance of overdosing. Much like a vitamin, your body metabolizes and safely discards any excess CBD oil without undesirable effects.
Many chronic ailments can be effectively treated by CBD. CBD is best for neutralizing conditions associated with anxiety, depression, chronic pain, digestive disorders, headaches, weight management and nausea (a common symptom from cancer treatments). Medical marijuana is most beneficial for managing symptoms stemming from autoimmune disorders.