CBD and marijuana can both be beneficial if used properly. So which one is right for you? Whether you are using it for health reasons, or recreational purposes, this guide will help clear up any questions surrounding these cannabis products. 

First of all, what is CBD?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a cannabinoid derived from the cannabis plant that has no psychoactive properties. CBD is used for its medical benefits because it is a great natural anti-inflammatory and can be used to treat anxiety, insomnia, and epilepsy. 

CBD has no severe side effects, and you cannot overdose on it, so it’s very safe to use. CBD is often prescribed to children that are suffering from severe seizures that other medication could not treat. CBD is an excellent alternative to traditional pain medicines that may lead to addiction and unwanted side effects.

CBD affects the CB1 and CB2 found in the central nervous system. These receptors are responsible for sending signals to produce the chemical serotonin. Low serotonin is associated with depression and anxiety, so CBD is used as a natural aid for those disorders. However, you should first talk to your doctor if you are looking to try CBD as an alternative to your current treatment.

CBD can be taken orally as a tincture, pill, edible or smoked in flower or vape form. There are also different kinds of CBD extracts, which include isolate, full-spectrum, and broad-spectrum CBD. Isolate is 99% pure CBD with no other terpenes or cannabinoids present. Full-spectrum takes all of the beneficial cannabinoids and terpenes from the cannabis plant, so it is not pure CBD. Broad-spectrum is a middle ground extract with some cannabinoids and terpenes but is still mainly CBD. Both broad and full-spectrum CBD extracts also do not have enough THC to get you high, like marijuana. 

At Terra Cannabis we have a wide range of CBD products in various forms for your consumption preferences. Check out our online store for information on how CBD can help you. 

What is Marijuana?

Marijuana (Cannabis sativa) is a strain of cannabis with a higher THC to CBD ratio. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the psychoactive cannabinoid that creates a mind-altering euphoria used for recreational use. THC has medical benefits as well, which include treating nausea, appetite loss, and pain relief. 

THC works by binding to cannabinoid receptors in the brain that are responsible for pleasure, time perception, and pain. This binding stimulates the production of dopamine, giving the user a rush of euphoria. However, it can also have adverse effects by creating feelings of anxiety or paranoia for some users. Different marijuana strains affect people differently, based on biochemistry, genetics, and overall health. 

It is smart to start slow when using THC products to see what your body can handle. Some people are more sensitive to THC and have bad experiences if they overdo it on their first try. This is especially important for using edibles because edibles create a much more intense high that can be overwhelming for some. We have another blog post that dives deeper into why edibles affect you differently that may clear up some questions surrounding edibles. 

Just like CBD, marijuana can be taken orally as a tincture, pill, or smoked in flower or vape form. Browse our online store for high-quality marijuana products and have them shipped anywhere in Canada. 

Which is best for you?

These two cannabis products are used for different outcomes, either medical or recreational. CBD has become widely popular in the medical community as a safe alternative to traditional medicine with very few side effects. If you are looking for medical relief without the “high” that comes from marijuana, CBD is right. 

Marijuana, on the other hand, has become a preferred recreational drug of choice in recent years. Marijuana is safer than alcohol, and there are no known cases of an overdose. People have enjoyed this drug for social, spiritual, and healing purposes for many years. As marijuana is becoming legalized in more places, it is now much less taboo, and more people are opening up to the therapeutic and recreational benefits. Whether you choose to use CBD or marijuana, you will likely reap the benefits and begin a journey towards wellness.