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What is THC and how does it work?

What is THC and how does it work?

It’s no secret that THC’s claim to fame is because of the high and euphoria it produces, but what actually is THC and how does it work?

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 cannabioids.

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.

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.

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.

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.

THC affects the mind! It arouses the brain causing it to release dopamine which then creates that euphoric feeling. Usually this would happen 10-30 minutes after taking the cannabis and could last for up to three hours. The effects of THC can be mind altering, can change your way of thinking and can cause paranoid and delusions.

Everyone’s high will be different and unique as no single person has the same endocannabinoid system. THC itself is also unique and is a favourite among scientists for the exact reason of it being so potently psychoactive. It is one of 113 chemical compounds in the cannabis plant!

Here at CBD Life UK, we know how important it is to be confident in the company you are buying CBD products from by knowing the potency and safety of the products. So, here’s the facts:

A CBD oil routine shouldn’t cause a user to fail a drug test.

CBD is a cannabis compound that doesn’t make you ‘stoned’ or ‘high’. When it comes to cannabis, drugs tests pick up THC (the compound that does make you high).  Drugs test are carried out because THC is known for psychoactivity and feelings of euphoria and this is the illegal part!

Most hemp oil or CBD products are sold with much lower levels of THC (less than 0.2%) so most consumers will never have a problem passing a drugs test.

Remember, CBD isn’t even being tested for and most work places aren’t going to have a problem with you using it- it’s non-psychoactive.

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