5 Medical Reasons To Switch From THC To CBD

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As CBD gains popularity, more and more people are choosing to make the switch from THC to CBD. Medically, there are a lot of reasons for switching: CBD doesn't get you high, it has fewer negative side effects, and most importantly, it has more direct medicinal value than weed that is high in THC.

CBD: all of the medical benefits of cannabis, minus the high. This may not sound ideal to the average stoner, but to people with certain medical conditions, CBD is a veritable miracle. Due in part to the declining stigmas against cannabis, CBD is finally getting some of the recognition it deserves. And it's about time! CBD products of all kinds are hitting the shelves, and so should you!

So, instead of sharing alien/government conspiracy theories in a smokey basement (a common side effect of THC consumption), consider trying CBD. It can only help, after all. 

Reasons To Make The Big Switch From THC To CBD:

Anxiety

If you've smoked high THC weed before, chances are that you have experienced some cannabis-induced anxiety. Maybe you feel watched, or you think you hear footsteps when there were none, or perhaps you just feel generally uneasy. Paranoia, stress, or fearfulness after smoking high THC weed isn't unusual, and that alone is enough to convince some people to switch to CBD. Not everyone enjoys the occasional bout of weed-induced paranoia, believe it or not! While THC gives you the classic high, CBD calms, soothes, and effectively counteracts the negative effects.

A psychiatrist may tell you that smoking cannabis can be more harmful than beneficial if you have anxiety. This is because THC consumption excites the part of the brain that is linked to anxiety, which in turn can make you feel baseless or increased anxiousness. Research shows that the constant use of THC can also lead to more long-term issues with anxiety. If you experience any signs or symptoms of anxiety, making the switch from THC to CBD may be the best option.

Chronic Illness

Most people consume cannabis to get stoned, but we can all agree that the high can't (and really shouldn't) last forever! People with chronic conditions, especially those that cause constant or near-constant pain, can consume CBD products instead of THC to manage pain without getting high. CBD allows children, animals, and people who just don't like being stoned to take advantage of the medicinal benefits of cannabis when they otherwise wouldn't be able to. Aside from lacking psychoactive effects, CBD also relaxes, eliminates pains, and acts as an anti-inflammatory agent.

Unlike a lot of pharmaceutical medication, CBD does not negatively impact the liver. For people suffering through a chronic illness, finding a pain reliever that doesn't strain other parts of the body can be difficult, and CBD does just that. Instead of a drug cocktail and THC, people experiencing chronic pain should give CBD a try.

Cancer patients and people with epilepsy, arthritis, glaucoma, psoriasis, and other long-term illnesses can benefit immensely from switching from THC to CBD products.

Heart Problems

People who suffer from heart problems, especially those with faster heart rates or a predisposition to hypertension, should avoid weed that is high in THC. Research shows that consuming THC can increase your heart rate, raise your blood pressure, and drop your blood sugar levels. None of these are good side effects for someone already struggling with heart issues.

Though the direct connection between THC and heart-related death has not been established, anyone already experiencing difficulty with their heart should probably avoid tempting fate. Switching from THC to CBD nips the problem in the bud (pun intended), as research has shown that CBD helps regulate blood pressure. The same, unfortunately, cannot be said for weed high in THC.

Medicinal Overlap

You may think that weed doesn't interact badly with any drugs whatsoever, but that's not entirely true. Though cannabis may seem like the cure-all miracle herb, there are, in fact, some medicines that should not be taken in conjunction with weed high in THC. Anxiety medication, muscle relaxants, older forms of anti-depressants, and a handful of other medicines are considered unsafe to take with THC. It's a well-known fact that no one has died from cannabis, but that doesn't mean that it is entirely without risks. Switch to weed high in CBD, or better yet, consult your doctor if you think there could be a negative interaction.

It is important to feel comfortable enough with your physician to discuss these potential concerns. If you do not feel at ease telling your doctor that you smoke cannabis, it may be worth it to consider finding a new, less unprofessionally biased doctor who will put your needs before their personal beliefs. 

Pregnancy

Research pertaining to cannabis consumption while pregnant is not entirely conclusive, to say the least. While studies have been conducted, many are unreliable due to a number of factors: women concealing their cannabis use from their doctor, women who admit to smoking cannabis, but also consumed alcohol or other drugs, not to mention the possibility of bias in the medical survey itself. Keeping that in mind, if you do plan to use cannabis as a way to mitigate the negative symptoms of pregnancy, CBD is a better option than THC. THC is a psychoactive chemical that, while not proven to harm the fetus, could potentially cause (yet unknown) problems.

CBD products help symptoms such as nausea, difficulty sleeping, mood swings, swelling, aches, pains, and just about every other negative symptom pregnant women suffer through. As smoke of any kind is still a carcinogen, oils, vapes, and edible forms of CBD are suggested, as they are less likely to negatively impact the fetus (and your lungs).

Make no mistake — consuming any cannabis product while pregnant is a risk, as research on the subject is still inconclusive. That said, if you plan to consume cannabis during your pregnancy, switching from THC to CBD is probably preferable. Just make sure to consult your personal physician first!

A Final Note:

CBD, while not an ultimate cure for every sickness on earth (as some have claimed), is an incredibly versatile and underrated medicine. Where THC may aggravate or exacerbate medical issues, CBD is much less likely to have a negative effect. Though CBD is still classified as a schedule 1 drug (what year do we live in again?), the stigma against CBD products is slowly dissipating. Finding a doctor that will work with you to integrate CBD into your medical routine is important. Lying is the last thing you want to do when it comes to your own personal health and wellbeing!

So, should you switch from THC to CBD for medical reasons? Only you (and your doctor) can make that decision. Just make sure to consider the various risks associated with combining high THC weed with certain medical issues. CBD is generally considered safer than THC and has fewer negative side effects to contend with. In the end, it's sometimes better to be safe than sorry.