Medical Marijuana and CBD: How Are They Different?

Medical cannabis is a new and exciting treatment option for residents struggling with a variety of health issues ranging from epilepsy and glaucoma to arthritis and anxiety. It’s been available since 2017, when Florida Governor Rick Scott signed into a law a broader medical marijuana system for his state. 

Now that CBD and medical marijuana are both available to Florida residents, it’s important to understand their differences and select the choice that’s best for your health and wellness needs. 

What Is Medical Marijuana?

According to a report released by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM), there is conclusive evidence that medical marijuana, also known as cannabis, can effectively treat chronic pain, even more so than the dangerously addictive opioids that doctors commonly prescribe. 

The body is already equipped with natural cannabinoid receptors that play essential roles in many of the body’s physiological processes, including pain. When cannabis is introduced into the body, it activates those receptors to alleviate sensations of pain. This makes medical marijuana an excellent treatment option for people suffering from fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, migraines, and other forms of debilitating pain. 

What Is CBD?

CBD is one of the main compounds found in the cannabis plant. Most people think of marijuana as the drug that creates a “high,” but that high is caused by a different compound called THC. 

Isolating CBD from the cannabis plant makes it possible to enjoy all of the health benefits of cannabis without the psychoactive effects of THC. The majority of CBD products are formulated as oils and capsules. 

Hundreds of scientific and clinical research studies have emphasized CBD’s neuroprotective and neurogenic effects. Products formulated with CBD have the ability to treat a wide range of conditions like arthritis, migraines, anxiety, nausea, chronic pain, depression, PTSD, and epilepsy. 

Embracing Medical Marijuana and CBD for Your Own Health

If you want to experience the health benefits of cannabis with the help of a professional, make an appointment at Hakunah Matata Compassionate Care today. We offer the support that patients need when battling cancer, epilepsy, PTSD, glaucoma, chronic pain, and more.