CBD & THC: Differences, Benefits & Uses

CBD & THC: Differences, Benefits & Uses

August 24, 2021

The cannabis plant is home to over a hundred unique compounds, and you’ve probably already heard of the most common two: CBD and THC. Both compounds have several benefits, and some of them are even the same. So just what’s the difference? Keep reading for more information about CBD, THC, and what they can do.

What are CBD and THC?

Both of these compounds are cannabinoids. CBD stands for cannabidiol, and THC is delta 9 tetrahydrocannabinol. They naturally occur in the marijuana plant and interact with the human endocannabinoid system or ECS. Receptors in this system are found in our organs, glands, immune cells, connective tissues, and brain. The ECS is thought to be responsible for regulating stress hormones, appetite, mood, and memory. Therefore, as CBD and THC interact with the ECS, you may see changes in the above-mentioned items.

Differences

Even though the two compounds are closely related, they affect distinct receptors in the endocannabinoid system, so there are a few key differences between them. Here’s what you  need to know:

  • The High. This is the biggest difference between CBD and THC. THC is responsible for the high associated with marijuana use. Feelings of euphoria, amusement, or creativity are common sensations. CBD is unlikely to create the same high in most users. Plus, it probably won’t induce the negative sensations that can come with being high for some users: paranoia, panic, and anxiety.
  • In the United States, THC is still a federally banned substance and is listed as a Schedule I drug. Still, several states have legalized its use medically, recreationally, or both. CBD, on the other hand, is federally legal. However, you should always check out the laws of the state in which you reside before purchasing any CBD or THC product.
  • CBD and THC are both found in marijuana. However, CBD products in the US are generally derived from hemp, a plant closely related to marijuana but lacking THC. Hemp can be commercially farmed legally, so it is much easier to source CBD from that plant than marijuana.

Benefits and Uses

THC and CBD share a lot of the same benefits and uses they offer to consumers. However, because they are distinct compounds and interact with different ECS receptors, there are slight differences in what they are used to treat.

Both CBD and THC are recommended to treat anxiety, pain, and nausea, making them ideal treatments for cancer patients undergoing intensive chemotherapy or radiation therapy or people who suffer from chronic illnesses.

CBD is often recommended to treat pain from migraines and inflammation, seizures, inflammatory bowel disease, depression, and mental disorders.

THC is a common medical treatment for glaucoma, sleep problems, insomnia, muscle spasms, and lack of appetite.

 

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