Medical Marijuana Treatment Options
Do you have a difficult-to-treat medical condition and are considering alternative treatments? Many of those in this situation turn to either medical marijuana (THC) or CBD products to enhance their treatment plans.
These therapies can offer relief from conditions that cause chronic pain, anxiety, seizures, digestive problems, and more. However, those who have not used either CBD or medical marijuana may wonder what the differences are between them and which one is right for their needs.
Here’s what you need to know about the differences and how to choose the best one for you, curtsy of MMJ Doctors.
How Are CBD and Medical Marijuana Different?
CBD, or cannabidiol, is the non-psychoactive component in marijuana or hemp. Unlike THC, another component found in cannabis, CBD does not cause the user to become ‘high’ while still possessing a number of therapeutic benefits. CBD derived from hemp has less than 0.3% THC and is legal throughout the United States.
CBD derived from cannabis can have anywhere from no THC to 20% THC. It can be sold as medical marijuana and can often be better at treating serious conditions. Though ‘medical marijuana’ can have different meanings, it usually refers to cannabis and most medical marijuana products have over 0.3% THC.
Depending on where you live, you may not have a choice when it comes to choosing between CBD and medical marijuana. If you live in a state where neither medical or recreational marijuana is legal, your only choice will be to buy hemp-derived CBD products with under 0.3% THC.
You can buy these products at local health or specialty stores or online from retailers that specialize in hemp-derived CBD products. If you travel to a state where recreational marijuana is legal, you will be able to purchase cannabis-derived CBD with higher levels of THC. However, you will not be able to carry the products over state lines and you will not be able to ship them anywhere.
If you live in a state where medical marijuana is legal, you will be able to buy CBD products that are cannabis-derived and have varying levels of THC. To do so, however, you must have a medical marijuana ID card. To obtain an ID card, you need to get your medical marijuana recommendation from a licensed medical cannabis doctor. The doctor will examine your health history and determine if you suffer from a condition that can be legally treated with marijuana. With the marijuana doctor’s recommendation, you can apply for an ID card. The card can be used to purchase marijuana at any licensed dispensary in the state.
THC or No THC?
If you are able to buy medical marijuana that contains THC, you must decide how much of the psychoactive substance is right for you. Some tolerate THC much better than others. THC can cause paranoia and anxiety, so if you suffer from an anxiety-related condition like post-traumatic stress disorder or generalized anxiety disorder, you may want to choose CBD products that have low levels of THC. However, if you have a condition that causes chronic intense pain, digestive problems, or seizures, you may want to try products that contain higher levels of THC. The only way to determine your tolerance to THC is to try it for yourself.
Hemp-Derived CBD vs Cannabis
Some believe that hemp-derived CBD does not have as many therapeutic effects as CBD that is derived from cannabis. However, extraction methods are becoming more and more advanced and most believe that hemp-derived CBD can be a very beneficial addition to your treatment plan. If you live in a state where marijuana is illegal, hemp-derived CBD will be your only option. If you live in a state where you can qualify for and purchase medical marijuana, you will probably be better off getting a more potent form of CBD whether it contains THC or not.
Both hemp and cannabis-derived CBD can come in a number of different forms and potencies. These include ingestible products such as oils, chewing gum, dissolvable powders, cooking oils, and pastes. You can also get smokable CBD in the form of e-liquids, waxes, isolates, or ‘shatters’. Topicals are also popular in the form of lotions, balms, or salves and can be especially useful for those who have muscle aches or skin rashes and other irritations.
Buying CBD Products
If you have obtained your medical marijuana card and live in a state where medical cannabis is legal, you should buy your CBD products from a licensed dispensary in your state. Not only will the dispensary offer the most potent and beneficial products, but they will also have a knowledgeable staff that can help you choose the right types and dosages of CBD or other medical marijuana products. You can make your purchases on-site and take them home the same day so you can start your treatment plan immediately.
If you do not live in a state where medical marijuana is legal, you can buy hemp-derived CBD from online retailers or from local health or specialty stores. Make sure you choose a retailer that has experience and knowledge about CBD so they can guide you to the best products for your specific health condition.
If you have the option between medical marijuana and hemp-derived CBD, it’s usually most beneficial to get a medical marijuana card and go to a local dispensary for your cannabis needs.
For medical marijuana in New York please fill out this online form and for medical marijuana in Florida simply call for an in-person appointment. However, those who can only get hemp-derived CBD products will undoubtedly find that it is still beneficial in their treatment plans.