Marijuana, THC, CBD – do you know the facts?

Last Update: October 10, 2018 at 11:35 am

Marijuana, THC, CBD – do you know the facts?


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TODAY:  Marijuana, THC, CBD – do you know the facts?

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Marijuana, THC, CBD – do you know the facts?

That may be a hard question to answer because we are learning more and more as science and researchers continue to explore and examine. Remember how trendy wholistic medicine is when it comes to food and herbs.

There are a huge number of studies that have poor research design and analysis. Poor identification of both symptoms and compounds utilized and consequently, all kinds of inappropriate conclusions.

  • Classification of the plant: controversial since the 1700s. Recent western society identified Cannabis as either hemp or marijuana, but the separation is meaningless as there are so many cross strains. Currently, the division is not based on genetics but rather on the amount of THC: if less than 0.3% then it is considered hemp; if more than it is considered marijuana.
  • In general, the stem, leaf and flower have the following compounds
    1. Cannabis leaf & flower: fiber, polyphenol/flavonoids, 9 amino acids, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, terpenes, cannabinoids
    2. Cannabis stem: highest fiber content
    3. Cannabis root: least studied currently, but used historically topically for pain
    4. Hemp seeds and oil:
      1. full range of amino acids – hugely dependent on the soil it’s grown in as it absorbs all the toxins: hi arginine (NO)
      2. Volatile terpenes and sesquiterpenes (i.e., linalool, terpinolene=sedative effect vs limonene, caryophyllene=energizing effect)
  • Polyphenols/Flavonoids, anti-oxidants, omega 3 (alpha-linolenic acid) & 6 fatty acids (linoleic & gamma linolenic acid), Vit E, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, sulfur, calcium, iron, zinc


  • 113 cannabinoids in cannabis
    1. Cannabidiol, cannabinol, cannabigerol, THC, THCA, THCV, etc.
    2. THC – 10 known forms
    3. THC delta 8 & THC delta 9 – most studied
    4. THC 8 – more sedative, effects different receptors
    5. THC 9 only effects CB1 receptors
    6. CBD – boosts mood and eases anxiety without physical/cognitive impairment; prevents psychoactive reaction of THC (plants with hi THC have low CBD & visa versa)
    7. Interaction between the resins/terpenes and THC/CBD ratio affect the impact on the body and create different results
    8. Synthetic dronabinol does not contain CBD, CBN or other cannabinoids


  • THC is also found in other foods/herbs: black pepper, rosemary, kava, cacao, black truffles, echinacea, flax seeds


  • Different cannaboid compounds have different claims and different side effects
    1. THC 9: mild-mod pain relief; relaxation, stimulates appetite, anti-depressant, CB 1 receptors
    2. Insomnia, schizophrenia, anxiety
    3. THC 8: anti-anxiety, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, improves appetite, provokes apoptosis in breast cell cancers; pain relief; both CB1 & 2 receptors
    4. Blocks the psychoactive effect of THC9
    5. CBD: MS pain; epilepsy, pain relief due to muscle spasticity, inflammation
    6. Sleepiness, decreased appetite, diarrhea, fatigue, malaise, weakness, sleep issues & fatigue
    7. Doesn’t have the intoxicating effect of THC and blocks psychoactive effect of THC9
    8. CBN: reduces heart rate
    9. Psychoactive, dizziness, disorientation, grogginess
    10. CBC: pain relief, inflammation, reduces intraocular pressure (glaucoma), anti-biotic, anti-platelet


  • Controversies include issues regarding:
    1. Creating addiction
    2. Provoking strokes
    3. Provoking or enhancing schizophrenia
    4. THC 9 provoking cancer
    5. Causes cognitive issues especially with memory
    6. Unproven claims
      1. It doesn’t stop manic episodes in bipolars
      2. Doesn’t improve Huntington’s disease
  • Doesn’t improve Parkinson’s
  1. Works with some types of epilepsy


  • Ccontroversies are due to these issues:
    1. Is it CBD, CBN, etc, THC 8, THC 9 or some combination
    2. Body metabolism, enzymes, pH
    3. GMO fillers, pesticides and other toxins
    4. Quality is of huge importance!
      1. Soil it is grown in – cannabis will absorb almost anything
      2. How it is harvested
  • How it is processed


Nothing in the universe operates in isolation, including our bodies. The body is designed to utilize whole, real, food, herbs, oils and herbal tinctures that give the full array of phytonutrients, minerals and vitamins, fibers, enzymes, omegas, etc that are required to effectively metabolize and utilize all the interactive compounds. our bodies were not designed to work with isolated compounds. Hemp oil combines all the compounds and needs to be of the highest quality.


While there is a good argument that sometimes a patient needs to take a given supplement in order to get enough of the compound required, but ultimately, the body doesn’t work that way.


Quality, identification or active compounds and additional ingredients, and dosing are huge variables that need to be researched prior to recommendation.