The Difference Between CBD and THC


The wave of legalization is giving cannabis sativa and industrial hemp a lot of media attention. The words, CBD and THC are being thrown around frequently by many including musicians, politicians, researchers, and doctors. Despite this, many people don’t know the difference between the two most popular components of the plant. This had led to a lot of myths and misconceptions.

There are more than 100 compounds in Cannabis sativa. We will examine the difference between CBD and THC; both interact with the cannabis receptors in the brain and body. The first thing to remember is that CBD is legal since it is gotten from hemp. While THC is still widely considered illegal. CBD oil is usually obtained from hemp which contains very little THC. On the other hand, THC can only be found in marijuana.

One of the main differences between CBD and THC is that the former does not get you high while the latter does. Cannabis (CBD) is a compound in cannabis that has been widely studied.

CBD and THC have a similar chemical structure, but they have different effects on the human body. Although it has non-psychoactive, CBD does have a substantial impact on the brain. CBD does not get you high but has medicinal benefits. This is one reason why scientists have been studying it rigorously for years. The popularity of CBD is increasing and it is getting big in the wellness industry. CBD is said to provide relief for people suffering from chronic pain, multiple sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s, Epilepsy, Rheumatoid Arthritis, ADHD and Anxiety. Some even use CBD for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and substance abuse withdrawal.

According to research, CBD is more useful for chronic pain in compared to THC. However, THC is also great for pain but the cramp and spasticity related types.

A CBD-based drug called Epidiolex has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat severe seizure disorders including epilepsy.

CBD and THC do not affect the same regions of the brain. According to some reports, large amounts of CBD can be used to neutralize the psychoactive effects of THC on the brain. THC is said to work with the cannabinoid 1 receptor of the brain. On the other hand, CBD works to block the cannabinoid 1 receptors from getting tired. The cannabinoid receptors are a part of the endocannabinoid system (ECS) in the human body which control our perceptions of pleasure, time, mood, memory, pain and appetite.

Unlike THC, CBD increases the levels of anandamide, a naturally occurring cannabinoid in the brain. According to research, Anandamide controls the levels of dopamine and serotonin being released into the brain. By increasing the anandamide levels, CBD works to ensure that the body can effectively regulate sleep, eating, and pain.

Researchers have been looking to the entourage effect which calls for the use of the whole plant instead of CBD or THC extracts taken in isolation. The entourage effect includes all the compounds in cannabis working together in the body. The idea is that as a whole plant, all the compounds in cannabis may provide more relief.