4 Fun Facts About CBD and THC You Didn’t Know

4 facts about THC and CBD you didn't know

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CBD and THC are relatively new to most people. This is mainly due to the fact that the cannabis plant, from which they’re derived, is illegal all around the world with few exceptions. Because the understanding of these compounds is so low among the general population we thought we’d share some little-known facts about them here.

4 Unique Facts About Cannabidiol and CBD Oil

Fact 1
People have been using cannabis for thousands of years. 10,000 years is as far back as historians can date it. In ancient China, cannabis was used for medicinal purposes and also for making rope and clothes (hemp). The Greeks would smoke in their bathhouses to relax more and to feel happy.

Fact 2
Cannabinoids in the cannabis plant are also located in humans and the majority of animals (excluding insects). These cannabinoids are located in our endocannabinoid system. The more cannabinoids we have the better, essentially.

Fact 3
CBD, or cannabidiol, is the non-psychoactive part of the cannabis plant. Due to research on the plant and the promising results CBD alone has shown us in the medical industry, it is undergoing a mass amount of research into more of its medicinal potential.

Fact 4
Since cannabis has been proven to help and treat many ailments, governments and big pharma’s have had no other choice but to look into the matter and to listen to their people. They have had to look into the decriminalization of the cannabis plant whether for medicinal or recreational purposes. Canada was the first country to do this. The UK is now looking into decriminalizing it for those who really need it as treatment. However, the process is slow due to the fact that the government have a strict protocol for scientists studying the plant. As a result, research and results of these studies are slow.

4 Unique Facts About The Endocannabinoid System (ECS)

Fact 1
The endocannabinoid system is a crucial system in our bodies that is also found in many animals too. Truth be told, the endocannabinoid system wasn’t actually discovered until the late 1980s. It was found due to experiments and research being carried out on THC. Through this, researchers found that the ECS is considerably far more significant than all other nonscientific discoveries.

Fact 2
Through this discovery, scientists clearly became extremely interested and set out to find out more about the ECS. As a result, it was discovered that the ECS plays a vital role in regulating every metabolic process in the body. This includes:

  1. Our immune system
  2. Hormones
  3. Central Nervous System (CNS)

Fact 3
In a recent study from 2016 Dr. Sunil Aggarwal explained how the ECS played a role in the following resulting in many health benefits:

  1. Stress relief
  2. Appetite
  3. Bone growth
  4. Tumor reduction and/or elimination
  5. Memory improvement or sometimes memory impairment (short-term)
  6. Pain perception
  7. Inflammation
  8. Elimination of traumatic memory
  9. Muscles
  10. Reduces Seizure activity

Fact 4
Clinical endocannabinoid deficiency is when we don’t have enough endocannabinoids in our body. Essentially it is a speculative disorder that causes low endocannabinoid levels. This can be permanent.

4 Unique Facts About THC and Tetrahydrocannabinol

Fact 1
Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is the chemical compound in cannabis. This is the psychoactive compound responsible for the euphoric high commonly associated with cannabis or marijuana.

Fact 2
The effects of the THC psychoactive element are short-term. Here are some of the symptoms and side effects of the effects of THC:

  1. Pain relief
  2. Energy
  3. Slowed perception of time
  4. Elation
  5. Hunger
  6. Relaxation

Fact 3
THC also has many medicinal benefits. In recent years scientists and researchers have conducted studies on THC and they have all produced promising results in the treatment of certain ailments.

Fact 4
New research is emerging consistently which is teaching us more and more about the drug and how it can be intertwined into the medical industry. There is certainly much promise for the use of CBD and THC in the treatment of many conditions in the future. These include:

  1. Insomnia
  2. Appetite loss
  3. Arthritis
  4. Inflammation
  5. Cancer (kills cancer cells)
  6. Epilepsy
  7. Alzheimer’s disease
  8. Multiple sclerosis
  9. Glaucoma
  10. ADHD

For more information of the differences between CBD and THC, click here. Please remember that both CBD and THC are products of the Cannabis plant, which is illegal in many states. Make sure to fully research the laws regarding cannabis for recreational and medicinal use in your state before buying any Cannabis products.

Niamh Tumilty
Niamh Tumilty
Niamh Tumilty is a writer and multimedia producer for cannabisMD where she is constantly evaluating the continued growth of CBD and its presence in the news. Her research and writing on cannabis and CBD can be found at niamhtumilty.com.

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