The list of course extends much further than just these conditions. And while cannabis – especially high THC varieties – do have the potential to help patients tremendously, it is not without its list of side effects.
Aside from THC, marijuana also includes other cannabinoids. In fact, over 80 unique cannabinoids exist in the Cannabis sativa L. plant. Each strain will vary in terms of its specific cannabinoid profile and THC percentage. The two most popular and most discussed cannabinoids, of course, are THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol).
1. Dry Mouth/Cotton Mouth
Every individual has an important system within their body known as the endocannabinoid system. This system is present within the brain and central nervous system, as well as many peripheral parts of the body. The ECS is responsible for regulating vital internal processes, including those that help maintain balance and homeostasis. For instance, the ECS appears to influence things lie sleep cycle regulation, appetite, mood, immune response, and even pain sensation.
There are a few reputable companies which produce these non-intoxicating CBD extracts, and they are legally available for purchase and delivery in all 50 states throughout the United States, as well as in some other countries that have recognized cannabis as legal for medical and recreational use, like Canada.
THC works in part by binding to receptors in the body called CB1 receptors. When interacting with CB1 in the central nervous system, THC impacts communication between brain signals and different parts of the body. This is why THC produces psychoactive effects like slowed reaction time, altered perceptions of time, and more.
As more and more states legalize marijuana and cannabis plants, people—especially young adults and teens—are starting to become curious about what products are available to them. Additionally, many are experimenting with vaping these products, usually in the form of THC oil and CBD oil. However, it’s important to note that CBD oil and THC oil impact the body in completely different ways.
Recent research suggests that vaping THC oil, especially oil that contains vitamin E acetate, can be particularly harmful to your lungs. Vitamin E acetate, which is regularly added to THC when preparing it for use in e-cigarettes and vaping devices, is particularly harmful when it’s inhaled.
What Is THC?
Both CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) are the most common cannabinoids found in cannabis products. And even though they are both found in marijuana and hemp, THC is more prevalent in the marijuana plant than it is in the cannabis plant.
For instance, in September 2019, health officials began investigating an outbreak of a severe lung disease associated with vaping and e-cigarettes. By December 2019, more than 2,800 cases of the lung disease, often referred to as EVALI, had been reported across the United States.
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Surgery: Cannabis affects the central nervous system or the brain and nerves. It might slow the central nervous system too much when combined with anesthesia and other medications during and after surgery. Stop using cannabis at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.
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