Every human and many animals too have a system present in their bodies known as The Endogenous Cannabinoid System. This system could possibly be the most important psychological system involving in establishing and maintaining your health. Although the Cannabinoid system performs differently in each tissue the overall goal is always the same-to maintain stable internal conditions in order to survive! In other words, your EC system is responsible for making sure your body is working at its best.
In the brain there are two types of cannabinoid receptors known as CB1 and CB2. These are responsible for helping the human body perform a multitude of tasks.
The two main ingredients that are found in the marijuana plant are Cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Together these both belong to an exclusive class of compounds known as cannabinoids.
When examining the difference between CBD and THC it comes down to how each one interacts with the cannabinoid 1 (CB1) receptor. Some people wonder how one cannabinoid (THC) can seemingly alter the mind so much, and the other not at all (CBD)? Using CBD as a daily supplement is a great way to support your bodies Endocannabinoid system.
Recently CBD has started to gain more and more attention from the medical community who prefer its uses over THC. CBD is one of over 100 active cannabinoids in cannabis (with THC being another) but CBD is widely praised for its huge health benefits without the same ‘high’ that is associated with THC.
CBD is known as a non-psychoactive cannabinoid meaning when you take it, it won’t get you high. Although this may disappoint users who use cannabis purposely for the high, this unique feature of CBD is what makes it so great and appealing for medicinal use. THC on the other hand, is best known for being the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana aka ‘the reason for you getting high’. While many different types of marijuana are known for having plentiful levels of THC in, high-CBD strains are a lot less common. If you want to use CBD products to help a multitude of aliments you don’t have to worry that you will be high.
In addition to this, THC can often be associated with anxiety or paranoia whereas CBD is known to do the opposite and actually can have a calming effect on the user which can be helpful in reducing sleep difficulties and improving sleep quality. As well as CBD being non-psychoactive, it also seems to have antipsychotic properties.
Legally THC is classified as illegal with instant and long-term cognitive side effects. CBD on the other hand lacks the ‘high’ as well as cognitive effects of THC. In fact, CBD counteracts the ‘high’ effects of THC, both when administered from extract as well as in the plant form.
When examining some of the differences between the cannabinoids it’s clear that overall the lower health risks of CBD make it a better product to use for medical applications than that of THC.