CBD has taken the world by storm. People are starting to realize the difference that separates CBD from its intoxicating cousins, but that not to say that the misconception among the masses is still pretty much alive. To clear the air completely, one requires to understand the difference between the THC and CBD – the two main active compounds that are present in the cannabis family of plants.
Although they belong to the same family of plants and have apparent similarities, with respect to their chemical makeup and their engagement with the cannabinoid receptors in the endocannabinoid system, they interact with the said system is different ways.
CBD is non-intoxicating, meaning it won’t produce the psychoactive ‘high’ that marijuana users experience. Hemp-derived CBD and hemp- CBD products contain only 0.3% of THC, which is a potent intoxicant and psychoactive substance.
CBD is recognized for its therapeutic and holistic effects. It is the plethora of health benefits that it offers, for which CBD is praised the world over.
This is the substance that creates the feeling of high among marijuana users. It is the compound that is responsible for the analgesic, euphoric, out-of-body stimulating effect of cannabis. THC creates symptoms that are related to psychosis, however, there are plenty of cognitive and mood-altering properties of THC; the same reason why it is used medicinally and not just for recreation.
The THC content present in marijuana products is an abundant 40%, compared to the lowly 0.3% in the hemp plants. This is why hemp doesn’t intoxicate you in any way.
How Do CBD And THC Affect The Body?
CBD products are more focused on body-centered experience. It reduces inflammation, helps in mitigating anxiety and stress, helps in relieving tension and pain management. The medication is solely aimed at wellness.
On the other hand, THC-rich products are those that are more inclined towards inducing a high like psychosis. Don’t get me wrong, THC has plenty of therapeutic effects but these are often overshadowed by its strong intoxication effects.
Some cannabis strains are more body-focused while there are others that create a cerebral high. Usually, cannabis sativa strains are more focused on the brain and users feel more energetic, while indica strains are more inclined towards offering highs.
Each brings their own set of benefits to the table and the choice solely depends on what you want and what you are looking for at the moment.