Cannabis is the species name for the entire plant. There are several varieties of the cannabis plant and Cannabis has long been used for hemp fibre, for hemp oils, for medicinal purposes, and as a recreational drug. Other names for cannabis is marijuana or weed. There are 123 phytocannabinoids in the cannabis plant. Phytocannabinoids are cannabinoids, or active ingredients, that occur naturally in the cannabis plant. The true controversy is rooted in the difference between two of these cannabinoids, namely, THC and CBD. This dual role of cannabis is making people confused: is Cannabis good for you or is it bad for you?

The controversy is all about these two main Cannabinoids, THC and CBD. The main difference between THC and CBD is that THC is known for its psychoactive properties, and is the reason people feel buzzed and sometimes anxious, after ingesting marijuana. It can also make you feel a bit psychotic, and it will seriously impair your memory. On the other hand, CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid and actually works to calm your high. It is also believed that CBD has numerous medicinal benefits, such as anti-inflammatory properties and the ability to protect your neurons from injury or degeneration. So the first step to understanding cannabis is to realise how it can vary, how different types of contain very different quantities of these polar opposites, which result in dramatically different outcomes.

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the most common psychoactive cannabinoid. It is best known for causing the high you get from smoking marijuana. However, it also seems to have a number of medical applications, such as, pain relief, nausea, depression and the ability to improve appetite, among many other things. Even after years of research, its status as an illegal drug has made information about this cannabinoid very difficult to come by.

Furthermore, these are little known facts about THC, as follows:Cannabis Is Good For You, Cannabis Is Bad For You, Confused? 1

1.THC is used in FDA-approved pharmaceuticals
2.THC can protect brain cells and stimulate their growth
3.Chemicals like THC are produced naturally in the body

Cannabidiol (CBD) is the second most common cannabinoid. Although it has no psychoactive effect, it appears to improve mood and alleviate pain. Interestingly, CBD has received a lot of attention lately because of its antipsychotic effect that calms the nervous system. Studies suggest that it may help with epilepsy, schizophrenia and a number of other ailments.

In the latest study, published in the journal “Neuropsychopharmacology”, both Dutch and British researchers reviewed more than 66 past studies on CBD and psychosis, and concluded that the compound offers a number of advantages over current drugs. The authors point out that CBD, unlike a vast majority of medicines, appears to have no noticeable side effects and no lethal dose. Several lines of evidence, including animal and human studies, also support its effectiveness as an antipsychotic medicine.

I’ve been using the oil for 5 months now and can honestly say that it has improved my quality of life immeasurably. I now sleep really well and I awake refreshed and alert, plus no anxiety anymore along with massively reduced levels of stress. But the best of all is that I’m now free of pain, What a wonderful feeling!

In conclusion, scientific research now shows the many benefits of CBD Cannabidiol. CBD benefits are real because CBD does produce strong medicinal and therapeutic effects for even the most common conditions. Furthermore, the FDA considers hemp oil (and it’s derivative CBD) to be a dietary supplement (not a medication), since it is made from industrial hemp plants. If you live in the US, this means you don’t need a prescription and can legally purchase and consume hemp-based cannabidiol in any state.  CBD has also been shown to relieve pain and has an anti-inflammatory effect that reduces swelling. CBD may alleviate severe social anxiety and many other benefits. An increasing number of physicians, scientists and consumers are learning about these health benefits and incorporating CBD into a healthy lifestyle plan.


CBD oil has a huge range of potential health benefits and uses, including reducing pain, fighting cancer, improving mood, soothing anxiety, eliminating depression, preventing inflammatory arthritis, balancing the metabolism, aiding sleep disorders, protecting the immune system, and healing the skin, among others.

Evidence shows that CBD oil does not contain any psychoactive properties, so it does not cause the same effects as marijuana.


1.“Effects of Cannabidiol (CBD) on Regional Cerebral Blood Flow”. Jose Alexandre de Souza Crippa, Antonio Waldo Zuardi. Research, October 2003
2.“Cannabidiol Reduces the Anxiety Induced by Simulated Public Speaking in Treatment-Naïve Social Phobia Patients.” Mateus Bergamaschi, Regina Helena Costa Queiroz. Research, February 2011
3.“The Medicinal Uses of Cannabis and Cannabinoids.” Geoffrey William Guy; Brian Anthony Whittle; Philip Robson (2004). Pharmaceutical Press.

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