CBD And THC: What's The Difference? | CBDNerds.com

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Authored: Jun 7, 2018
Updated: Mar 22, 2020
CBD And TCH: What's The Difference?

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) are cannabinoids found naturally in the resin of the cannabis plant. They both affect the cannabinoid receptors in the body but in totally different ways. For therapeutic purposes, CBD is used much more commonly. To learn why we must learn the differences between the two.


What is THC?

THC is the primary psychoactive agent in cannabis. That ‘stoned’ feeling commonly associated with cannabis is caused by THC, and it works by imitating anandamide, a neurotransmitter that the body actually produces itself. Anandamide modulates hunger and sleep, as well as the perception of pain. Consuming THC can cause a range of effects, common ones include feelings of sleepiness and relaxation, altered senses of smell, sight and hearing, hunger (think of the ‘munchies’) and reduced aggression.


What is THC used for?

THC’s effects make it useful for a range of conditions. Its ability to stimulate hunger and reduce nausea can help AIDS sufferers and patients receiving chemotherapy, people with multiple sclerosis or spinal injuries can find it lessens spasms and tremors while relieving pain.


What is CBD?

Interestingly, it is the same chemical formula as THC, but the atoms are arranged slightly and that difference in arrangement gives THC the psychoactive effects that CBD does not. In other words, you’ll see similar benefits with CBD as THC but won’t feel “high”.



What is CBD used for?

CBD is a plentiful cannabinoid, and makes up 40% of the cannabis extract and can be used to help a great many symptoms. It has been shown to relieve psychosis in patients with conditions like schizophrenia, anxiety, depression, reducing inflammation, as well as soothing patients receiving chemotherapy by lessening pain and promoting hunger.



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Why is CBD used therapeutically more than THC?

To begin, THC is illegal in most places with the exception of a few states. There are a plethora of side-effects associated with THC use, both long and short-term. These include, but are not limited to; impulsiveness, reduction in being able to effectively plan, decision-making, and heart and brain abnormalities.


CBD does not have these effects on the body and actually counteracts the effects of THC in the body, so growers are developing strains with more CBD to maximize the health benefits while reducing the psychoactive effects. With better health benefits and far fewer side-effects, CBD has exploded in popularity among those open to try it.





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