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CBD vs. THC

Updated: Feb 19


Potency has long been regarded as one of the most important characteristics that distinguish a strain from others. While high-potency goods have been oversaturated in the market due to conventional demand for THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), many customers are beginning to choose products that are lesser in THC and richer in CBD, a non-toxic chemical (cannabidiol).

As cannabis consumables are permitted in more and more places, the demand is expected to rise exponentially. A flood of new product lines containing CBD, THC, or both have surfaced, all showing promise to help with illnesses including depression, anxiety, and sleeplessness. To comprehend the possible advantages and negative consequences of these medicaments, it is necessary to first recognize the differences between CBD and THC.





The Key Differences between CBD & THC


Both CBD and THC affect the part of our body that controls hunger, temper, sleep patterns, pain sensation, etc. We’re referring to none other than the endocannabinoid system (ECS). Even though both CBD and THC influence the same part of our systems, they have two major differences.


THC:

· Psychoactive

· Derived from cannabis

CBD

· Non-psychoactive

· Derived from hemp (or cannabis containing 0.3% THC or less)






What Does THC Do?

When an individual inhales cannabis, THC overloads the EC network, rapidly binding to cannabinoid receptors across the mind and body. A 2012 study depicts that THC activates the brains ECS (Endocannabinoids system) which in turn may play a significant role in boosting our emotional wellbeing. It alters the way humans experience emotions. Therefore, it might play a role in reducing feelings associated with mental health illnesses such as depression and anxiety. Moreover, THC’s pain relieving properties are already renowned. THC also helps to regulate insulin levels in the body. Hence, it manages and prevents diabetes as well as helps with weight-loss.





What Does CBD Do?

CBD also binds to the cannabinoid receptors in the brain and body, however in a very dissimilar way as compared to THC. It doesn’t necessarily affect the same receptors that THC interacts with. Instead, it influences other ones such as 5-HT1A serotonin. It can help people deal with anxiety, pain, nausea, and more. CBD interacts with a great number of receptors, the bulk of which are serotonin-related neurotransmitters. This contributes to explain why CBD has a soothing, anti-anxiety impact on most consumers.






How Do CBD And THC Work Together?

When various cannabinoids from the cannabis plant are brought together, they create sort of a synergetic affect and amplify the characteristics of each. When CBD and THC are used simultaneously, they develop new properties that are distinct to their own. Not only do CBD and THC maximize each other’s potency, but they also create a wider pool for therapeutic implication. This is known as the entourage effect.

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