The Chiropractor's Guide to CBD vs. THC

July 24, 2018

The Chiropractor's Guide to CBD vs. THC

Unlike Cannabis, which is now legal in several states but not all of them, CBD oil is now perfectly legal in all 50 states. Proven to be beneficial for many ailments because of its antioxidant and neuroprotective properties, CBD oil is being used to aid people who suffer from a multitude of conditions, from multiple sclerosis and neuropathy to chronic pain.

Even with the ever-growing list of proven studies of the benefits of CBD oil, there is one little quandary that often gets in the way of professionals in the chiropractic field considering recommending CBD oil to patients as an alternative form of treatment: What differentiates CBD from cannabis and THC? Here's a look at some helpful insight regarding CBD vs. THC. 

CBD and THC Both Come from Cannabis But Cause Different Effects

Cannabidiol  (CBD) is only one of the phytocannabinoids in cannabis plants; there are actually more than 100 phytocannabinoids, with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) being the most notorious one. The brain has multiple receptors that respond to the different phytocannabinoids in cannabis. These receptors are part of the endocannabinoid system, which is a complex system that determines how the different phytocannabinoids affect the body physiologically or psychologically.

THC causes the trademark psychoactive effects or the euphoric,  high feeling that cannabis has always been associated with. On the other hand, CBD creates an alternate response in the endocannabinoid system; usually inducing a more relaxed state that is suspected to help with a boost in serotonin levels. Serotonin levels play a major role in things like nervous system response and pain reactions. So in short, CBD oil will not get someone high or feeling anything that could be deemed as euphoric, which is a huge differentiator between the THC and CBD. 

CBD Is Legal Everywhere But THC Is Not 

The heated discussion regarding CBD vs. THC almost always involves confusion about the laws between legal and not legal states. As previously mentioned, however, CBD is legal in all 50 states. THC is gaining ground, but there are still many states that do not yet recognize cannabis, more specifically THC, as a legal substance. CBD oil harvested from cannabis sativa plants can have extremely small trace amounts of THC, typically below the 0.3% marker that is the legal level in most states, and with hemp, those levels are even lower. A primary concern for some caregivers is getting into some kind of blurred-line battle with the law if they do not live in a cannabis-legal jurisdiction. However, there really is no room for concern if patients use CBD oil from a reputable source.

Chiropractic CBD concerns can also be associated with the stigma that revolves around cannabis in general. For example, a chiropractor may be hesitant to recommend CBD oil to a patient because they fear a devoted patient will automatically discredit them because CBD oil is obviously linked with cannabis. The primary key to overcoming the negative connotations is through patient education about CBD oil and specifically how it differs from THC. However, it is also helpful to:

  • Be open to discussion about CBD oil with patients

  • Have printed resources available about CBD that patients can address for more information

  • Work with only the best distributor or CBD oil products to ensure you have reliable quality chiropractic CBD available 

In a chiropractic setting, CBD oil poses a list of advantageous opportunities for treating patients outside of typical recommendations for prescription medication or physical therapy. Mahalo Wellness, which is co-founded by a practicing chiropractor, is a high-quality CBD oil provider. For more information about CBD vs THC, reach out to us for help. 






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