What is CBD?

CBD is the abbreviation for a cannabinoid, cannabidiol, one of the many molecules found in a cannabis plant. CBD is known for antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anticonvulsive, antiemetic, anxiolytic, hypnotic or antipsychotic effects. However in Switzerland, it is not considered therapeutic, although it is prescribed by the medical profession in several countries.

What is THC?

THC is another cannabinoid whose full name is tetrahydrocannabinol.

What is the difference between THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol)?

THC is a psychoactive molecule, banned for consumption in Switzerland. Conversely, CBD is a molecule that does not cause negative side effects because it is not psychoactive. The Swiss Confederation estimates that below 1 THC in a cannabis plant it has no psychoactive principle and is therefore legal. We commonly call CBD a cannabis plant with less than 1 THC.

What is the difference between therapeutic and recreational cannabis?

The difference is in the use, because in both cases it is the same plants. Although the CBD molecule is most known for therapeutic use, THC may also be indicated. This is why in Switzerland, patients with multiple sclerosis can benefit from a prescription for cannabis highly dosed with THC via the drug Sativex to treat their symptoms. For example, if cannabis use is intended to cure or alleviate the symptoms of a disease, it is called therapeutic cannabis. If cannabis use is not medically motivated, it is called recreational cannabis. Some countries have regulated therapeutic cannabis, such as Germany, making the plant and its derivatives only available under medical prescription. Other countries (Canada, Spain) have preferred to regularize recreational cannabis, making it available over the counter, as CBD is currently available in Switzerland.

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