The Difference Between THC and CBD

  • Posted by agency-it
  • On April 3, 2018

Marijuana contains over 100 chemical compounds called cannabinoids that are only found in cannabis. These compounds are unique in the way they interact with the human body’s endocannabinoid system’s and trigger a multitude of effects. You’ve likely heard of at least two of those cannabinoids, THC, and CBD, as these are the most researched and talked about in the medical and recreational cannabis community. So what’s so special about them?

What is THC?

Delta 9 Tetrahydrocannabinol is the main psychoactive ingredient found in cannabis causing the euphoric “high.” It interacts with the CB1 and CB2 receptors in the brain, the receptors that help the body to regulate appetite, mood, pain, memory and more.
New research is being conducted daily, but as of now there are several effects THC seems to have on the human body:

Blocks nausea
Causes euphoria
Muscle relaxant
Painkiller
Triggers appetite
Anti-inflammatory
Antioxidant

Unlike opiates, It is impossible to overdose on THC because there are no CB1 or CB2 receptors in the brain stem which controls breathing and heart rate. However, overconsumption can lead to anxiety and paranoia of perceived harm.

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol is a compound that has significant medical effects but does not cause people to get “stoned.” In fact, CBD works to moderate the interaction between THC and CB1 receptors which counteracts its psychoactivity and reduces the anxiety and paranoia sometimes caused by THC.

There has been far more research conducted on CBD because unlike THC it can be legally extracted from hemp. CBD seems to have many effects on the body without producing feelings of lethargy or dysphoria:

Anti-inflammatory
Analgesic
Anti-anxiety
Anti psychosis
Anti-seizure

Which One Do I Want?

You don’t need to choose one! THC and CBD work together in many ways. THC gets you high, enhances your senses and numbs pain in the body, while CBD helps you avoid the paranoia and panic THC could bring. And medical patients can choose to skip the THC altogether and only consume CBD depending on the severity of their symptoms.

But recreational users tend to like the mellow high that comes from getting the full range of cannabinoids. Cannabis strains have varying levels of each compound, and you’ll want to experiment a bit to reach the level of euphoria you prefer.

Hopefully, knowing the difference between these cannabinoids will help you in choosing a strain that you enjoy. Our budtenders are well schooled on the different effects and unique traits in each of our products, so stop into Ruckus Recreational and chat with us about any of your cannabis concerns.

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