Both CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) are cannabinoids that are extracted from the marijuana plant, and have a range of health benefits. CBD and THC both have anxiolytic and antidepressant properties, among many other effects.
However, ask a group of people, and all of them will tell you that they experienced the effects of marijuana differently. Here’s why this happens:
The source of your marijuana
Medical marijuana is tested by a third-party laboratory. It’s used to provide fast-acting relief for the chronic pain that’s associated with conditions like arthritis and fibromyalgia.
In 2018, the FDA approved a CBD-containing anti-epileptic medication called Epidiolex. This medication is used to treat severe and rare symptoms of epilepsy that aren’t responsive to traditional anti-epileptic medication.
The FDA does not test or approve marijuana or other marijuana products, however, and this might lead to some manufacturers mislabeling their marijuana content.
Before buying any marijuana, research it thoroughly to check whether it’s suited to your unique needs. Make sure it’s tested by a third-party laboratory and that you can access the certificate of analysis.
Remember, the best route forward is to get your medical marijuana doctor to make a recommendation.
Since every person has a different metabolism, it can take some people more time to feel the effects. Metabolism also affects marijuana tolerance.
If you’re using medical marijuana, start off with a small daily dose that stimulates your body’s endocannabinoid production. This allows the endocannabinoid system to be more receptive to the THC or CBD you take in when you increase your marijuana dosage.
If you’re using marijuana to manage chronic pain, it might take a couple of months of regular marijuana usage before you start noticing major pain alleviation. If you don’t see any effects after two months of regular use, you might want to try a different strain. Contact your doctor for this purpose.
It’s important that you choose a marijuana strain that’s suited to your needs. Indica strains are high in THC and have a sedating effect, while Sativa strains have a higher CBD content and are ideal for mild pain relief.
Bioavailability is a huge factor to consider when using marijuana. It determines how much of the cannabinoids in the marijuana you’re using make their way into the bloodstream. If you’re smoking cannabis, you’re bound to feel the effects a lot quicker than if you ingested marijuana through edibles, but edibles will give you a long-lasting, full-body high.