The two main ingredients in a marijuana plant is CBD ( cannabidiol) and THC ( Tetra hydrocannabinol) and they both belong to a unique group of compounds. There are many strains of marijuana having high strains of and THC. The medical community has suddenly taken more interest in CBD rather than on THC. There is a difference between these two compounds.
The High The best psychoactive ingredient in marijuana is THC. That means CBD is non psychoactive and so will not get you high. The use of CBD is more in medicine and that is the unique feature of it and that is why it is used more to treat young children having different ailments.
Anxiety is caused among people who take THC. However CBD seems to cause the reverse effect meaning that it counteracts the anxiety when THC is ingested.
Antipsychotic: Besides being non psychoactive CBD is also found to have Antipsychotic properties. It has been proved that CBD can protect users of marijuana from going on a high. It is now known that is not necessary combine the both of CBD and THC. It is now being tested on patients of schizophrenia and how effective is CBD is.
Sleep: marijuana is being most commonly as a sleep aid and in this THC is found to be the main compound responsible for it. On the other hand it is found that CBD seems to work again in the reverse. Thus it can be seen that both CBD and THC have the opposite effect on sleep and that is why some strains of cannabis have a drowsy effect while some have the opposite of boosting one’s energy.
Can one overdose on Marijuana? Research has shown that marijuana users are not at risk of death due to overdose. The conclusion came after finding that the toxicity of marijuana and its various constituents showed that the best psychoactive ingredient in marijuana is THC. It is only responsible for getting one on a high but it is found that marijuana is non toxic. Even after ingesting too much marijuana will not cause death or permanent disability . This phenomenon is called greening out. The symptoms could be feeling of paranoia and fear, increased heart rate with nauseas and vomiting, hallucination and uncontrollable shaking of the body. However greening out is just a temporary phase and one can get back to normal after a few hours.
Does marijuana cause brain damage? Many people do believe that marijuana kills the brain cells and eventually causes brain damage. Recent research however shows different results regarding marijuana causing brain damage. It was found that even a regular user of marijuana showed no side effects at all thus killing the idea that the brain cells get affected with marijuana. However those who still believed that marijuana caused killing of the brain cells found that those who began on marijuana at an early age, as early as seventeen showed noticeable changes in brain matter volume. Also a drop in IQ was also noticed as the teenagers matured.
The science of endocannabinoid system is the study of the effects of marijuana on the human system. What was also discovered was the effects of marijuana on the human brain and how it works. All this is done through a new system called endocannabinoid system or EC system. The marijuana plant has its active delta – 9 – tetrahydrocannabinol THC). This is a unique system in the brain and body that affects many other functions. This could include how a person feels, walks and reacts. Cannabinoids are chemicals produced by the body that interact within the EC system
How do Cannabinoids work? Chemical messages are sent by the brain cells to the rest of the body. The messages help to feel, think and perform. So as the chemicals are released, they travel through a small gap and then attack specific receptors situated on a close by neuron. This charges the receiving neuron into action thus triggering a series of events that lets the message to be passed along. However the EC system works in a different way because it works backwards. When the postsynaptic neuron is activated Cannabinoids are made on demand. It is then that they are released from the cell and travel backwards to the presynaptic neuron where they get attached to the Cannabinoids receptors. Basically Cannabinoids serve as a dimmer switch
How does the THC affect the EC system?
THC overpowers the EC system when a person smokesmarijuana. As Cannabinoids receptors are present in many parts of the brain and body, the affects of the THC are varied as it can slow a person’s action time. That means if the person is driving it will affect his or her movements. Also the ability to remember things that has just happened can be affected. So also if a person has to make a judgment, then that is also delayed. The part of the brain that makes the person feel good is also affected. In the process the person feels that he or she is high but after a certain time it can lead to loss in memory, addiction and the mental health is affected.
What are the medical benefits of medical cannabis ?
Twenty states in the United States have legalized cannabis and two states have legalized it for recreational use. The two states are Colarado and Washington. It has been found that in California medical marijuana has been around for the past eighteen years. And it is also used in helping patients.. Nearly eight per cent of the people in the United States are in favor of medical cannabis and about sixty per cent in favor of legalizing marijuana. Many people have the idea that medical cannabis usage is wrong as it has been tld that marijuana is a dangerous drug as it works in making one get away from reality. In the United Kingdom over one million people are addicted to over the counter pain killers and sedatives. There are four times more deaths among women in the United States as they are addicted to over the counter pain killers and sedatives.