CBD is not psychoactive, while THC is. CBD is used to treat pain, anxiety, and insomnia. THC is used to treat chronic pain, nausea, and appetite loss. Both CBD and THC are available by prescription in Australia.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-psychoactive compound present in cannabis, known for its diverse therapeutic properties. These include pain and inflammation reduction, alleviating anxiety and depression, and enhancing sleep quality. CBD is employed in the treatment of various medical conditions such as epilepsy, chronic pain, and cancer.
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), on the other hand, is the psychoactive component in cannabis that induces the ‘high.’ It also serves medicinal purposes for conditions like chronic pain, nausea, vomiting, and appetite loss.
Both CBD and THC engage with the endocannabinoid system, a complex network of receptors and signaling molecules influencing numerous bodily functions, including mood, pain, and appetite. CBD is believed to activate these receptors by binding to them, while THC is thought to function by emulating the body’s natural endocannabinoids.
CBD and THC are available in various forms, such as oils, capsules, edibles, and smokable products. The choice between them depends on individual needs and preferences.
In Australia, both CBD and THC can be obtained through a prescription. Which is the most appropriate for a patient will depend entirely on their individual situation and it is therefore essential to discuss questions about which is better for you with a doctor.