Why we should stop hiding THC in the closet

Cannabis, once a totally taboo subject amongst a huge proportion of the population, is now, on the surface at least, an entirely socially acceptable and indeed popular topic of discussion.

Thanks to the research and subsequent exposure of the cannabinoid cannabidiol (CBD), a non- psychoactive compound found in the marijuana plant, cannabis has become a relevant and revolutionary addition to the world of science and medicine.

Explicitly termed ‘non-psychoactive’ gave CBD the positive press that it needed to disassociate itself from its neighbouring cannabinoid Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). A psychoactive component of the cannabis plant, THC became the reason that weed was demonised and feared by so many.

However, many leading experts in the field of medical marijuana argue that without THC, CBD really is not that effective in symptom relief and isolating it from its counterpart could be missing the point entirely.

With legislation changing in several US states, Canada and Mexico the wider and open use of cannabis to self treat symptoms such as pain, nausea and anxiety is allowing scientists to correlate findings where once there was a gap in information.

A recent scientific study called “The Association between Cannabis Product Characteristics and  Symptom Relief” in the US is reported to have shown

The average patient, across the roughly 20,000 measured user sessions and 27 measured symptom categories ranging from depression to seizure activity, showed an immediate symptom improvement of 3.5 points on a 0-10 scale. Dried flower was the most commonly used product and generally associated with greater symptom
improvement than other types of products.’

This research would correlate with the growing demand for full spectrum CBD products (in countries where it is legal to purchase) where patients looking to relieve symptoms understand the importance of the THC ingredient. Also the dramatic rise in dry herb vaporizer use, both personally and in health care establishments; whereby patients can receive the full benefit of of both THC and CBD without the harmful side effects of smoking.

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