CBD and THC- What’s the difference?
CBD and THC- What’s the difference? Which is best for you?
Both compounds interact with your body’s endocannabinoid system, but they have very different effects.
While they may have a lot in common, they have some key differences that determine how they’re used.
THC or tetrahydrocannabinol
THC is the chemical responsible for most of marijuana’s psychological effects. It acts much like the cannabinoid chemicals made naturally by the body.
Cannabinoid receptors are concentrated in certain areas of the brain associated with thinking, memory, pleasure, coordination and time perception. THC attaches to these receptors and activates them and affects a person’s memory, pleasure, movements, thinking, concentration, coordination, and sensory and time perception.
THC binds with the cannabinoid 1 (CB1) receptors in the brain. It produces a high or sense of euphoria.
THC’s Psychoactive Effects:
THC stimulates cells in the brain to release dopamine, creating euphoria. It also interferes with how information is processed in the hippocampus, which is part of the brain responsible for forming new memories.
THC can induce hallucinations, change thinking and cause delusions. On average, the effects last about two hours, and kick in 10 to 30 minutes after ingestion. Psychomotor impairment may continue after the perceived high has stopped, however.
Possible risk of consuming THC comes in the form of impaired motor skills. Marijuana may impair driving or similar tasks for approximately three hours after consumption and it is the second-most common psychoactive substance found, after alcohol, People taking medical marijuana are instructed not to drive until it has been established that they can tolerate it and conduct motor tasks successfully according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
“In some cases, reported side effects of THC include elation, anxiety, tachycardia, short-term memory recall issues, sedation, relaxation, pain-relief and many more.
THC causes temporary side effects, such as:
- increased heart rate
- coordination problems
- dry mouth
- red eyes
- slower reaction times
- memory loss
THC is used to help with the following:
CBD is from the cannabis hemp plant with a high level of CBD which is a chemical our bodies welcome.
CBD is one of the safest derivatives of the cannabis plant. It is a hemp-based oil that doesn’t have any known or serious side effects. This is because it does not contain THC, which creates the psychoactive “highs”.
CBD’s side effects may include:
- appetite changes
- weight loss
CBD is used to help with other various conditions, such as:
- psychosis or mental disorders
- inflammatory bowel disease
- menopause symptoms
Basically it comes down to if you want all the health benefits of cannabis with or without the high you get with the THC compound.
Over 40 million Americans struggle with anxiety issues on a yearly basis. For some people, anxiety is something that robs them of the small joys in life. One of the most effective ways to control your anxiety is by investing in high-quality CBD-infused products.
CBD and THC both have medical benefits. They’re also both considered safe, but consider the possibility of side effects and interactions with other drugs you’re taking. Talk with your doctor or a qualified cannabis or CBD clinician before use and if you have any questions.