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According to a 2017 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, only 30.95% of CBD products sold online were correctly labeled. Most contained less CBD than advertised, while 21.43% had significant amounts of THC.

CBD oil can interact with certain medications, including some drugs used to treat epilepsy. CBD inhibits an enzyme called cytochrome P450 (CYP450), which metabolizes certain drugs. By interfering with CYP450, CBD may either increase the toxicity or decrease the effectiveness of these drugs.

CBD oil comes as full-spectrum oils or in forms that contain CBD isolates. Unlike isolates, which contain CBD only, full-spectrum oils contain a variety of compounds found naturally in the cannabis plant, including proteins, flavonoids, terpenes, and chlorophyll. Alternative practitioners believe these compounds offer more substantial health benefits, although there is no clear evidence of this.

What to Look For

CBD oil contains CBD mixed with an inert carrier oil, such as coconut oil or hemp seed oil. The bottled oil, called a tincture, is sold in various concentrations. There are also CBD capsules, CBD gummies, and under-the-tongue CBD sprays.

According to the investigators, men provided 300 mg of CBD exhibited less anxiety than those given a placebo. Interestingly, those provided 100 mg or 600 mg of CBD oil did not.

If you are thinking about using CBD oil to treat a health condition, be sure to speak with your healthcare provider to ensure that it is the right option for you.

Scientists believe that CBD reduces nerve pain by binding to glycine receptors in the brain that regulate the speed at which nerve signals pass between nerve cells.

In fact, a study that appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that first-time and infrequent users of marijuana were more likely to experience adverse reactions from vaping THC oil. They indicated that these negative impacts were largely due to the enhanced delivery of the oil through vaping. The participants in the study also had more pronounced effects from the drug and experienced significant impacts to their motor skills and cognitive abilities.  

Both CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) are the most common cannabinoids found in cannabis products. And even though they are both found in marijuana and hemp, THC is more prevalent in the marijuana plant than it is in the cannabis plant.

Marijuana use, and more specifically vaping THC oil, is on the rise according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. In fact, in 2018, more than 11.8 million young adults had used marijuana in the last year. Meanwhile, the number of teens in 8th and 10th grades who say they use it daily also has increased. Additionally, nearly 4% of 12th graders say they vape THC daily.  

What You Need to Know

Even though several states allow medical marijuana that contains THC, it is still illegal under federal law. Some states have even made recreational marijuana legal, but it’s also illegal under U.S. law.

Adah Chung is a fact checker, writer, researcher, and occupational therapist.

Ultimately, vaping THC oil can lead to a substance use disorder. In fact, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, between 9% and 30% of people who use marijuana develop some sort of substance use disorder. And, people who begin using marijuana before they turn 18 are four to seven times more likely than adults to develop a marijuana use disorder.  

THC also affects your body differently than CBD does. Even though it works like CBD to impact neurotransmitters in your brain, THC is the main psychoactive compound found in marijuana and is the substance that will make you feel “high.”

First of all, some people genuinely enjoy the psychoactive experiences associated with tetrahydrocannabinol, and for this reason it may be relaxing or even exhilarating for them. For others, they may have tried both THC and CBD and discovered that THC seems to manage their medical symptoms more efficiently than CBD can. At the end of the day, it is all about personal preference. But it is important to keep in mind that THC is intoxicating, while CBD is not.

Strong marijuana strains typically will contain around 15-25% THC. Concentrated oils and extracts (i.e. things like shatters, wax, etc) can contain robust THC levels of 90% or more. There are even some types of shatter that claim to contain a 98% THC content. Of course, products like these are not often available on the market.

Each cannabis strain is different in terms of its THC content and specific cannabinoid profile. As medical marijuana continues to gain traction across the U.S., many states are adopting a list of specific medical conditions that patients can use to determine whether they qualify for an MMJ card. Some of the common qualifying conditions for medical marijuana include:

5. Sleepiness/Lethargy

Every individual has an important system within their body known as the endocannabinoid system. This system is present within the brain and central nervous system, as well as many peripheral parts of the body. The ECS is responsible for regulating vital internal processes, including those that help maintain balance and homeostasis. For instance, the ECS appears to influence things lie sleep cycle regulation, appetite, mood, immune response, and even pain sensation.

There are many scientific studies linking tetrahydrocannabinol with medicinal use. At the same time, the compound does have the potential to impact some individuals adversely. In this article we discuss the possible negative side effects of THC in further detail. Medical marijuana is tremendously beneficial for many individuals, but high-THC products are certainly not for everyone.

The choice to consume THC is an extremely personal and individual decision, and depends heavily upon how the cannabinoid affects you, as well as how certain strains affect your body and mind versus others. With this being said, not all strains with THC affect the body the same, so someone that generally enjoys consuming THC might find a particular strain type that they “go-to” over others.

Aside from THC, marijuana also includes other cannabinoids. In fact, over 80 unique cannabinoids exist in the Cannabis sativa L. plant. Each strain will vary in terms of its specific cannabinoid profile and THC percentage. The two most popular and most discussed cannabinoids, of course, are THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol).