It has come up several times in many conversations, is THC better than CBD and is CBD useless without THC? In my opinion, the answer to both questions is no. The reason I say this is because of the actual people we have been working with over the last 6 years. This is where science meets fact because of the actual proof we have witnessed in these people’s lives. In recent online conversations, I have been told that CBD is useless without the combination of THC. I could not accept that statement simply because I myself have been a living testament to the fact that one can truly get the healing power of CBD without the THC. I chose this path because I truly was getting sicker on the pharmaceuticals medications I was taking, not to mention the number of medications was growing to help alleviate the side effects brought on by some of the medications. I am in no way saying that pharmaceuticals don’t have their place. They just don’t in my life. I was searching for a better and more natural way to heal myself. What better way than going back to a plant-based natural medicine. The Native Americans have been using hemp for 1000’s of years. Ok, enough rambling on about me. So, I started trying to find more information about CBD and THC.
I read in some of my research online that humans and most other animals have what’s called an “endocannabinoid system” (ECS). The ECS includes a network of receptors throughout the body that allows us to feel high when THC is consumed. But is that the reason we have an ECS, to begin with – to get high? My short answer: No. The cannabis-induced euphoria we feel is more than likely best thought of as a biological afterthought. Our ECS allows us to get high, but that is not why we have it. We know this because the ECS existed long before humans developed any sort of relationship with the cannabis plant. In fact, the ECS was around before the cannabis plant even existed. I found that the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is important to our overall health. The word endo meaning within.
Researchers have investigated the history of cannabis and estimate that somewhere between 34 million and 6.3 million years it evolved long after the ECS had evolved in animals. So, in my interpretation and experience with CBD, I feel confident in saying the ECS was not intended for us to get high on. It is our internal healing center with its receptors working hard to keep us healthy. I like to say the human body was hard-wired to receive cannabinoids in the most natural way. Another one of my phrases is “I am getting high on CBD, and not getting stoned on THC”. The body responds to CB cannabinoids in such a way that it truly feels good.
I found out some interesting information floating around out there, as to say when in Rome…. Well not really. I did find in some of the information that THC can overwhelm the ECS system. So, I feel it is important to pass that on to all of you.
Written by Tina Harris
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