An Overview of CBD and THC – What are they and What do they do?

Photo Credit: User:Banana Patrol (wikipedia)

Photo Credit: User:Banana Patrol (wikipedia)

As a medical marijuana patient, you've probably heard the terms cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) tossed around frequently, but you may not have a deep understanding of what they are or what they do. THC and CBD are the most prominent and well known cannabinoids, or molecular compounds, that makeup cannabis. Both THC and CBD have therapeutic benefits, but THC produces psychotropic effects and is considered a schedule I controlled substance while CBD is neither psychotropic nor a controlled substance. 

THC and CBD are able to provide therapeutic benefits in humans by acting on the body's endocannabinoid system, a system which regulates pain, appetite, mood, memory, and cellular life and death cycles. The cannabinoid composition of marijuana varies from strain to strain, with the typical THC content ranging anywhere from 3-30% (with an average range of 11-13%). Marijuana strains containing THC do not necessarily produce strong psychotropic side effects because CBD can act as a buffer to reduce feelings of getting "high."

Now that you know more about these prominent cannabinoids, we hope you will carefully document them in your journal so that you can better understand how they effect your daily dosing routine. This information has been provided by Medical Marijuana Inc. and approved by our Chief Medical Officer.