Learn the difference between THC and CBD on our blog.
The cannabis plant contains a variety of compounds, two of which are THC and CBD. Although they belong to the same family, these two compounds have different characteristics that make them unique from one another. In this blog post, we’ll explore these differences, examine the effects each has on the body, and discuss their potential uses for medical and recreational purposes.
What are THC and CBD?
THC and CBD are two compounds found in the cannabis plant that have very different characteristics. THC, also known as tetrahydrocannabinol, is a primary psychoactive component of the cannabis plant responsible for the “high.” These psychoactive effects are caused by THC binding to the CB1 receptors located in our brains.
CBD, on the other hand, stands for cannabidiol. This non-psychoactive compound does not bind to CB1 receptors and therefore will not cause any intoxicating sensations when consumed. In fact, CBD is known to actually counteract THC’s effects! A product higher in CBD and lower in THC will still have the therapeutic effects of THC but the psychoactive effects will be lessened. This is an increasingly popular choice among medical marijuana users.
Though they may differ in composition and effects on the body, both THC and CBD interact with our endocannabinoid system to modulate physiological processes such as appetite, sleep, and pain sensation. Understanding how these two compounds interact with the body is essential for anyone looking to use either one for medical or recreational purposes. A deeper understanding of their differences can also help inform decisions about which to use or combine depending on individual needs or preferences.
The effects of THC vs. CBD
The effects of THC and CBD can vary significantly. THC is more potent than CBD when it comes to relieving pain, but higher doses can lead to adverse cognitive effects such as confusion or impaired memory. It is also linked to increased appetite due to its stimulative effect on certain neural pathways in the brain.
In comparison, CBD has fewer side effects when taken responsibly and may even help reduce weight by inhibiting fat storage enzymes. Rather than binding directly with CB1 receptors as THC does, it exerts its effects indirectly by activating serotonin receptors which are involved in mood regulation and helping us feel relaxed.
Uses of THC and CBD
In terms of medical use, both THC and CBD demonstrate efficacy in treating a wide range of physical ailments including pain, inflammation, nausea, seizures, and anxiety. Research has shown that THC can reduce the discomfort associated with arthritis and cancer treatments; whereas CBD – due to its calming properties – has been found to alleviate symptoms related to anxiety disorders.
Blair Wellness Center is your trusted, local cannabis store in Baltimore that offers both medicinal and recreational products. Our expert staff can help you discuss your product options and guide you to make the right choice for your situation and needs. Browse our medical and recreational menus online today, or contact us to learn more.