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CBD vs. THC
The Differences Between CBD and THC
Cannabidiol (CBD) and Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are two primary, naturally occurring cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. THC is the most common strain, and promotes psychoactive effects, providing the high that cannabis enthusiasts love! As popularity rises, there has been more room for research to help us understand the fundamentals of the plant. CBD is beginning to become more popular and is now used widely across the country for children, pets, and for individuals who prefer to not experience the psychoactive effects. This blog will discuss the differences between CBD vs. THC, and answer some common questions associated with the topic.
What is THC?
Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is an abundant psychoactive compound found in the cannabis plant. THC triggers the reward system in our brain, releasing dopamine at high levels and inducing a euphoric high. THC is found in all cannabis-related products from flower, concentrates, tinctures, edibles, and topicals.
What are the Health Benefits Associated with THC?
THC is now commonly accepted for both recreational and medical use. In medical situations, THC can be used to promote digestive health, reduce inflammation, chronic pain, and lessen symptoms associated with HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis, tremors, and so much more! The potency of THC makes it a perfect remedy for chronic pain and illness.
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is the second most abundant compound next to THC. CBD was discovered in the 1940’s and its popularity as a natural homeopathic remedy has been growing ever since. CBD is can be derived from either cannabis or hemp plants. If derived from hemp, CBD can still contain trace amounts of THC. If derived from cannabis, it may contain a little more. In these cases, the trace amounts are so small that they will not induce any psychoactive effects, however, it may if an individual is particularly sensitive to THC.
What are the Health Benefits Associated with CBD?
Unlike THC, CBD produces no psychoactive effects. Users can confidently use CBD to relieve their symptoms without any effect on any cognitive abilities. CBD is a wonderful choice for individuals seeking all-natural relief they can experience all day without the high from THC. CBD has been reported to help with anxiety, ADHD, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), psoriasis, aid in recovery from addiction, Parkinson’s disease, chronic pain, aid in the treatment for addiction, and more.
The Entourage Effect
As more scientific research regarding cannabis and CBD has been conducted, there has been new discoveries into what makes up the cannabis plant and how these compounds interact with our bodies. We know that CBD and THC both work to bring our bodies to homeostasis through interaction with our endocannabinoid systems. While CBD and THC are the two most abundant cannabinoids in the plant, they are not the only ones with relevance. Studies show that other cannabinoids such as terpenes, CBG and CBGA, when combined with CBD or THC, can actually enhance the effects of the product. For more information on the entourage effect, take a look at this article, “Taming THC: potential cannabis synergy and phytocannabinoid-terpenoid entourage effects” by Dr. Ethan B Russo.
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