Cannabis contains more than 120 components known as cannabinoids. Cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are the two most well-known and researched cannabinoids.
THC is responsible for the “high” that many people associate with cannabis, while CBD is a non-intoxicating, non-euphoric component, which you may now see in the form of oils, gummies, drinks and other products for medical purposes.
CBD and THC activate different cannabinoid receptors in your body that can stimulate or inhibit brain chemicals and cause certain effects.
Top 6 CBD & THC Medical Properties
1. Reduce anxiety.
Many people report using Cannabis to cope with anxiety, especially those with social anxiety disorder.
CBD has been shown to decrease anxiety at high doses, while THC decreases anxiety at lower doses and increases it at higher doses. Remember, it’s possible that CBD could make you anxious if there’s a high level of THC in it.
2. Reduce inflammation and relieve pain.
THC attacks inflammation by reducing immune signaling proteins created by cells called cytokines. When cytokines are disrupted, white blood cell reproduction and the immune responses are slowed. When this happens, inflammation responses in and around the cells are also slowed down.
Since terpenes may offer their own anti-inflammatory benefits, combining them with CBD could also offer a boosted effect. A topical CBD oil will offer targeted inflammation relief, while an ingested oil has a more general, body-wide effect.
3. Control nausea and vomiting caused by cancer chemotherapy.
It’s important to keep in mind that nausea is a symptom, and one of the body’s important defense mechanisms against toxins and other potentially dangerous invaders and conditions.
CBD helps with nausea because of its interaction with serotonin receptors. Serotonin is a hormone that affects well-being, mood, and behavior. THC can have a paradoxical effect, acting as an antiemetic (help preventing nausea) at
one level but causing nausea and vomiting at higher levels when used over prolonged periods.
4. Kill cancer cells and slow tumor growth
Not only has THC and CBD been used to help alleviate the effects of chemotherapy, but studies have also found it has numerous anti-cancer effects that can help prevent a variety of cancers, treat tumors, and benefit the immune system.
Anything you take while undergoing chemotherapy could have unwanted interactions with your chemo regimen, so don’t take CBD,THC – or any other supplements or medications – without talking to your oncologist first.