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How to Understand The Benefits of CBD Oil Versus Medical Marijuana

How to Understand The Benefits of CBD Oil Versus  Medical  Marijuana

How to understand the benefits of CBD oil versus Medical marijuana  might be something you  are considering.  The thing is this. If you live in daily pain, you might well be one of the growing  number of people who are interested in turning to all-natural plant-based medicines as a first line of attack to take away the pain. This means that pain sufferers are  also aware  of the benefits of medical marijuana.

“The popularity of CBD oil and medical marijuana has exploded as study after study continues to support the notion that these alternatives treatments are effective at managing serious illness naturally.” [1]

Medical Benefits  of CBD Oil and  Medical Marijuana 

Both CBD oil and Medical marijuana can dramatically  reduce levels of pain. As one pain sufferer said, when speaking about  flare-ups, levels of pain can be the difference between feeling like your body aches  all over—tolerable. Or feeling as if you are being mauled  by a bear—excruciating.

Having said  that, One of these treatments has several big advantages over the other. This is what the rest of this post is about. Let’s jump in and learn the benefits of CBD versus Medical marijuana.

CBD oil versus Medical marijuana
CBD oil versus Medical marijuana

A Growing Interest in  The Benefits of Medical Marijuana

Consider the following story, from a physical therapist assistant (PTA)  about about the use of medical marijuana which can be replicated many times over:

“ Johanns, Gammel, PTA, works with a patient who has multiple sclerosis (MS) that produces leg pain that is “horrible.” The patient’s legs twitch and spasm, causing them to jump even when the patient is sealed in his wheelchair. Those episodes can make it difficult for Gammel to follow a PT’s plan of care. Medical marijuana (MMJ) helps ease his symptoms, says Gammel…”[2] Here is more about the benefits of Medical marijuana.

After using marijuana, “ sometimes, the spasms, twitches, and pain subside within 1 minute,” Gammel says. “This allows me to stretch his legs, which are tight from the disease and from his being in a wheelchair. The effects of MMJ help him get proper manual therapy in accordance with the PT’s plan of care in order to be able to move.” [3]

Social Proof in The Sale of Marijuana For Medical Use

You  probably  have some general idea  that the sale and consumption for both medical and recreational uses are growing rapidly. Here are some specifics: it’s estimated that the market for legal cannabis in the United States grew by 74% from 2013 alone—up to $2.7 billion in sales, from $1.5 billion. In 2016m sales exceeded $6.7 billion. [4]

 Medical Benefits of CBD Oil is Gaining Recognition

Cannabidiol (CBD) oil, an extract of the cannabis plant that does contain the euphoria-inducing compound THC, has become a popular dietary supplement for relieving pain, anxiety, insomnia, and more. “ Reports of its effectiveness are spurring interest in mainstream medicine. Researchers from the New York University School of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health recently announced a new study that will examine CBD oil as a possible treatment for Alcohol Abuse Disorder in people who suffer from PT5D.” [5]

How The Benefits of CBD Can Work for You

Studies are proving the ability of CBD to stop seizers, calm anxiety, reduce inflammation, ease depression, and soothe chronic pain. Here is an example:

Cardiovascular Health.  A number of studies have shown that CBD can protect the heart by lowering blood pressure and reducing damage caused by heart attacks and strokes. As I said, this is but one of the many benefits of CBD oil versus Medical marijuana.

Cannabidiol Oil versus Medical Marijuana: What’s the difference?

As I said earlier, the popularity of CBD oil and medical marijuana has exploded. However, here are important differences that I believe  give CBD oil a very big advantage:

Psychoactive Effects

The high of THC Versus Benefits of CDB Oil
Bad THC High versus Soothing CBD

Unlike medical marijuana, which contains large amounts of THC, CBD products are not psychotropic, meaning they don’t cause the euphoric feeling associated with marijuana. CBD oil causes no mind altering side effects. It can be safely given to children, as well as people who have a sensitivity to THC and do not want to experience the high associated with marijuana. [6] I hope you’re starting to get a handle on how to understand the benefits of CBD oil versus Medical marijuana.

Negative side effects of THC may include:



Shallow breathing

Difficulty concentrating


Loss of coordination


Here is the thing that you need to keep in mind. When you smoke medical marijuana, you are carrying  the risk of loading your body with carcinogens. This is not the case with CBD oil. That said, let’s be real. If you are suffering from  MS, as described in the beginning  of this post, your relief from pain today is more important  than the possible pain of cancer tomorrow. You might think there is no need to think about the benefits of CBD oil.

But consider this: The use of CBD oil for the purpose of treating multiple sclerosis has been spreading at a tremendous pace because more and more people are finding that it’s working well without the negatives of THC and carcinogens. They have  come to appreciate the benefits of CBD oil.


CBD oil is legal in all fifty states, while medical marijuana is currently legal in only 29 states. The reason is that unlike marijuana, CBD oil is classified as a dietary supplement by the FDA and is readily available without a prescription. Thus one can try CBD oil with confidence.


When we consider CBD vs. THC this is what we need to keep in mind. THC is an effective pain reliever, in part due to its ability to produce euphoric feelings in users. CBD has effects like those of THC but doesn’t produce a high. That is the most important thing to keep in mind  when it comes understanding the benefits of CBD oil versus Medical marijuana.

Furthermore, CBD oil relieves many different ailments including those experienced by pets. A lot of people choose to use hemp CBD oil because  hemp-based CBD is legal whereas THC-based CBD oil is legal, or illegal, depending on where you live. I hope that the information of how to understand the benefits of CBD oil versus Medical marijuana has helped you. Below is an opportunity to learn more about the benefits  of CBD oil.

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I like to hear from the readers so please leave me a comment below to let me know if this post helped you or if you have any questions.




Loria, Keith. “ A Growing Interest in Medical Marijuana.” PT in Motion, Feb. 

2018, p. 16+




 Marijuana sales totaled $6.7 billion in 2016. Forbes. January 3, 2017.


“CBD oil is gaining recognition.” Better Nutrition, June 2018, p. 16.



18 thoughts on “How to Understand The Benefits of CBD Oil Versus Medical Marijuana

  1. Hello Thabo,
    What an excellent article! I am also a huge proponent of CBD oil and this article truly shows the health benefits . And the idea that we do not have to use prescription meds to get healthy. Especially when MOther Nature has gifted us with this, yes?
    Great article. And so informative.
    And this industry will is projected to be worth in the billions by 2020, so those of us getting the health benefits can also be a part of a new profit stream. Do join us.
    It’s growing so hugely!
    In peace and gratitude, ariel

    1. Hello Ariel,
      Thanks for the kind words. I think CBD oil offers the perfect solution to getting both health and wealth. In most cases one is sacrificed for the other. Looking forward to being part of the CBD explosion.

  2. This is a really great article on CBD vs medical marijuana. I have been taking CBD for a while now as I have had issues with a frozen shoulder and with the CBD oil, I can actually move my arms without the pain.
    I am person that loves everything all natural and CBD oil is all about nature. I don’t feel that I would want to try the medical marijuana as I don’t like the high feeling that is one reason I don’t care for prescription drugs.

    Many of the prescription drugs do not take care of the problem it just mask the problem by making you loopy. Prescription drugs works a bit differently on me as they affect be badly whenever I have had to take them, so I have always only taken then when ever nothing else works.

    1. Hello Dena,

      I just finished a post in which I did a lot of research on EX NFL players who seeking alternatives to the deadly opioids first went to Medical marijuana. The THC in the marijuana was effective in relieving the pain, but as you say left them feeling loopy. Now a lot of these Ex football players are finding that CBD oil is getting rid of the pain without the high. Thanks for sharing your story.

  3. It is interesting to see the world evolving and accepting healing choices that were once considered not good. I have read some articles about CBD oil, and can see that more and more people are beginning to realize how good it is due to its many benefits.

    I, for one, am keen too because of the pain relief benefit CBD oil offers. I am now suffering from a frozen shoulder caused by past injury and made worse because of my teaching career (had to over reach at times when writing on the white board).

    Will CBD oil help with this chronic pain? Also, any news of whether countries like Singapore is opening up and allowing this wonderful healing herb?

    1. Hello Tim,
      CBD oil has helped people get rid of frozen shoulder pain. It would probably work well for you. Unfortunately, CBD oil, as of this writing, is illegal in Singapore and possession of it can mean a term of 10 years in prison or a $15,000 fine–or both. I know that this isn’t the news that you want to hear, but it’s always better to know the facts so you can make the right decision. However, it’s not all bad news. The government is allowing research right now into the safety of CBD oil versus the harmful effects of THC based Marijuana treatments. It is believed that once the government is convinced that CBD oil is safe and not addictive, it may allow it to be used by the public. The thinking by most expert who keep track of this kind of thing is that Singapore will in time join the other countries who have embraced the benefits of CBD.

  4. Hi Thabo,
    Thanks for the great description of both oils. I had heard of both but really didn’t know the difference.
    I’m quite interested in the cardiovascular health benefits. My husband now has 4 stents in his arteries near his heart. Do you know if it would help with the plaque buildup in the arteries? I know you said it helps with blood pressure, but I’m more interested in his plaque buildup.
    Thanks again,

    1. Hello Suzanne,
      first, let me send well wishes to your husband.

      As a matter of fact, CBD is highly recommended for heart health because of it’s ability to fight plaque buildup.
      So because it’s so effective as the endocannabindoid system, it does indeed break down plaque. So most likely either one of the CBD oil would work. So either the herbal drops or the isolate. Either way. Both are able to promote healthy cells and help oxygenate ultimately creates a strong heart and vessels. 
      I hope that helps. Feel free to check out the link below for more information.


  5. Hi Thabo,
    This is a great post that really helps break down the differences. For me, that is very important. I often stay clear of opiates in painkillers even with a painful illness because I do not like the mind-altering effects that they play on me. I am sensitive to this. I need my focus and do nto need it hindered by medications. I look for alternatives to help me manage pain without taking away my “thinking” faculties. CBD is a natural solution that sounds like ti may be an ideal fit. Thank you.

    1. Hi Christina,
      Just adding to the excellent points you make, consider the following information: Prescriptions for opioids in the US are estimated at over 200 million a year, with pain management a major driver. It’s getting to the point where some scientists are asking for fast tracking trials that examine CBD’s potential to combat the opioid addiction. The evidence is showing that it may very well be effective by lowering the levels of anxiety. Anxiety has shown to be a big factor in opioid addiction.

  6. This is such an informative post. I know about the health benefits of medical marijuana because it has been used in Jamaica to treat glaucoma for many years there. I am so interested in the heart health benefits especially to treat high cholesterol. Are there any studies on that?

    1. Hi Carol,
      CBD oil lowers cholesterol by using its high content of Omega 3 to speed up your metabolism. Here are some studies:

      These studies present some evidence that CBD is effective at lowering cholesterol levels:

      In April 2011, the scientific journal “Molecules and Cells”, published the results of one of their conducted animal studies. In their conclusion it was stated that hemp (CBD) oil possibly was capable of limiting the body’s ability to absorb dietary cholesterol.

      The Israeli medical cannabis facility, Tikun Olam, stated in November 2012 that their newest strain release, packed with almost no THC and large quantities of CBD, was capable of treating numerous diseases, one of which was listed as heart disease, a condition related to prolonged high cholesterol levels.

      In August 2011, a study published in the scientific journal Cell Mol Neurobiol. stated, “CBD treatment modulates cholesterol homeostasis in microglial cells…” (Rimmerman et al.).

      Although these are only three presented examples, there are multiple additional studies that also support the claims that CBD is capable of decreasing and lowering cholesterol levels.

      Since then other studies have confirmed the findings. I hope this helps. Let me know if you have anymore questions. For refresher you can check:


  7. Hello Thabo,

    The last couple of weeks there has been much information about CBD oil circulating on the internet. Your article is very informative as I didn’t know anything about neither CBD or medical marijuana.

    When thinking of those substances I automatically think of addictive drugs, which are an absolutely no-go for me. Of course, many kinds of medicines can provoke addiction, but all kinds of drugs make me shiver.

    It is good, though, that this kind of medication can help people to relieve their pains. CBD sounds better because it does not cause mind-altering side affects. Does this also mean that it is no risk of getting addicted to it?


    1. Hello Pernilla,

      CBD oil causes no mind altering side effects. It can be safely given to children, as well as people who have a sensitivity to THC and do not want to experience the high associated with marijuana. This means there is very little chance of getting addicted to it. CBD oil relieves anxiety and stress by having a beneficial effect on the brain. It works in a natural way by enhancing the effects of other brain chemicals such as serotonin, without stimulating the receptors that make marijuana psychoactive and addictive.
      In that sense, it’s similar to using an essential oil to relieve pain or feel healthier.


  8. I thank you for posting this article, I agree CBD is a much smarter and healthier choice to help people manage their pain. I was wondering how severe if any are the side-effects of CBD, I am very against medication but I do use essential oils for my own health issues. From my experience I have had very few if any side-effects from using essential oils, but I am not familiar with CBD’s possible side-effects for people with kidney and liver disease?


    1. Hello Jeff,
      CBD oil is safe to use in most cases, but anyone who has a medical condition or who is taking prescribed medicines should check with their doctor before taking any supplement, including CBD. I know you are aware of that from conversations that we have had in the past. Here is something that may be a direct concern to you. High doses of cannabidiol may affect the way certain drugs are metabolised in the liver. So, if one has kidney or liver disease I would urge caution. It may not be the best option.


  9. Hi thank you for great article
    I am great fan of CBD.
    I have psoriasis arthritis and a lot of pain do you know about this will help me?
    I am willing to try this out, Iam on morfín to day and that doesn’t work.

    1. Hello Salomon,
      Thanks so much for the kind words. I’m so sorry you’re experiencing so much pain. A lot of people have in fact used CBD oil for pysoriasis arthritis because it effectively fights inflammation. You would probably need something like the Emu oil which will penetrate deep into the pain. The link if you want to take a look is Also, if you are a big fan of CBD let’s keep in touch. Thabo

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