What is the difference between CBD and THC?
“THC is the psychoactive component of cannabis or marijuana whereas CBD is a different cannabinoid that’s in marijuana that is not psychoactive, and in fact, it even protects against the high you get from THC. So if people are trying CBD for pain, we know that CBD is quite safe. When you add THC to that, the safety changes because that is the psychoactive component of cannabis. Then you have a risk of dependence and addiction and a number of other things. So I think it’s important for people to understand that when they’re going the sort of cannabis route, CBD is something quite different than something that might contain THC.”
What is the best way to take CBD?
“The best way to take CBD is probably some type of oral administration either a pill or a gummy bear or a tincture. It’s not a good idea to vape or in any way take CBD via any kind of sort of inhaled or respiratory route. We see some of the problems that are occurring now with vaping that almost certainly is from contaminants in the vape products, but be that as it may, it’s just an inherently more dangerous route of administration.”
Why shouldn’t someone inhale CBD or use it in a topical form?
“It’s going into your lungs, and it’s not necessary for appropriate medicinal use. If you take CBD orally, it will start working within a half hour or an hour. There’s no reason you would need to get that really rapid onset of action that inhaling a drug would give.
“The other thing we should talk about here are topicals or lotions. CBD, unless it’s prepared with something else in it that helps it penetrate through the skin, does not penetrate through the skin very well at all. So people are probably wasting a fair amount of money with topicals that don’t have anything else in it besides CBD because again, pure CBD or THC or any form of the cannabinoid they’re very lipid-soluble, fat-soluble, and thus just putting a cannabinoid on the skin, very little of it is going to be absorbed. So both the topical route of administration, which is quite popular, and the inhaled route of administration are probably suboptimal compared to just somehow taking it orally.”