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So What Exactly Is the Difference Between THC and CBD?

We found this good, succinct explanation of the difference between THC and CBD on a site called PopSugar.

 

“If you’re familiar with marijuana, you may already know what we’re about to tell you. But no matter if you’re for or against medical or recreational marijuana, learning about its components is undoubtedly fascinating. Because it’s so complex, there are many different uses for marijuana. Heck, you can even match the right strain of weed to your zodiac sign. Or use weed to spice up your sex life. Or try medical cannabis to boost your workout.

All that brings us to THC. It’s an acronym for its full chemical name: tetrahydrocannabinol. It’s a cannabinoid compound that comes from the resin of the cannabis plant, and most notably, THC is the part of marijuana that’s psychoactive. CBD oil, in contrast, is a different component of cannabis and is like liquid Xanax from Mother Nature, if you ask us. (Studies show CBD and THC each act on the brain in different ways.)

Simply put: THC alters your mood, and you get high. Along with that, you may also feel relaxed, happy, and/or snacky. If you’re having problems with nausea, THC will also help deliver relief. Take too much, though, and you may swing the other way and experience not-so-pleasant side effects like hallucinations, anxiety, or even panic.

Interestingly, levels of THC in marijuana today are nearly three times what they were in the 1990s. Be aware, though, that how you take marijuana affects levels of THC in your bloodstream. If you eat edibles, THC’s effect is delayed by 30 minutes to an hour thanks to your body’s need to digest the food, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Less THC also makes it into your bloodstream with an edible, blunting its effects compared to smoking. That said, it’s all too easy to think you haven’t taken enough, overcompensate, and experience ill side effects, NIDA warns.

All that is to say, whatever decisions you make (and depending on the laws in your state), the most important thing is knowing what’s going into your body. With that info, you can make the best decision for you.”

The Rise and Fall…and Rise of Marijuana in America

The NY Times interviews Emily Dufton,  author of this latest exploration of cannabis in America:

“Only the weather seems to change more frequently than marijuana laws have in recent years. The constant flux around governance of the drug, whether for medical or recreational use, is kept churning by impassioned activism on all sides of the debate. In “Grass Roots: The Rise and Fall and Rise of Marijuana in America,” Emily Dufton tells the story of how those activists have won and lost their battles over the past several decades.”

Read the interview here.

Marijuana As A Sexual Aid? Here’s What The Experts Say

“According to the study, non-users said they had engaged in sexual intercourse between five and six times in the previous month. But daily marijuana smokers reported having intercourse about seven times over that same period. The frequency was somewhere in between for people who smoked marijuana less often, on a weekly or monthly basis. They reported having sex more than abstainers, but less than daily users.

For every group, the more marijuana use that they reported, the more sex they reported as well,” Eisenberg said. “So that … made me think that there could potentially be some biologic explanation here.”

Get the whole story on The Fresh Toast.

Survey: Nearly Half Of People Who Use Cannabidiol Products Stop Taking Traditional Medicines

Evidence in favor of medical cannabis vs traditional pharmaceuticals is growing: “The largest survey on cannabidiol or CBD usage to date found that women were more likely than men to use CBD and once they started using it, were likely to drop their traditional medicine.”

Read more in Forbes.

1 Out Of 4 Cancer Patients Are Turning To Cannabis

A team of researchers from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, based in Seattle, Wash., surveyed 926 cancer patients and found that roughly 25 percent of them used cannabis as a medicinal therapy in the past year. The results were published on Monday in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society.

The groundbreaking study concluded:

“This study of cancer patients in a state with legalized cannabis found high rates of active use across broad subgroups, and legalization was reported to be important in patients’ decision to use. Cancer patients desire but are not receiving information about cannabis use during their treatment from oncology providers.”

Read the entire article on Fresh Toast.

Tom Petty’s Last Rolling Stone Interview

In his only sit-down interview on his final tour, he talked loving the Heartbreakers, hating “Zombie Zoo” and why he was having so much fun onstage. Read the interview here.

Cannabis for Nausea and Vomiting

In doing some research for a relative who’s going through chemo, we found this excellent article by noted cannabis journalist Gooey Rabinski. The article gives a good overview of the best ways to use cannabis for nausea and appetite stimulation. Read all about it here.