With all the hype and talk about medicinal marijuana, recreational marijuana, CBD, THC, etc., – it’s no wonder that it can be super confusing. We are here to help by exploring the differences between CBD and THC. Yes, there are differences and the differences just may astonish you. This guide will give you educational information to help you understand better why CBD and THC are different. Go ahead read on…
Let’s Start With THC, Shall we?
The psychological effects of marijuana stem mainly from the THC or tetrahydrocannabinol. Our body naturally produces cannabinoid chemicals, these chemicals are a part of the endocannabinoid system (ECS) and are located throughout our body. This system is responsible for processes including memory, mood, pain-sensation, and even appetite.
You are not alone if you have never heard of the ECS, in fact the majority of the population has not heard of it, even though research has shown that “The endogenous cannabinoid system, named after the plant that led to its discovery, is perhaps the most important physiologic system involved in establishing and maintaining human health.”
According to the National Institution of Drug Abuse (NIH), THC attaches to these cannabinoid receptors and activates them, specifically the cannabinoid receptor 1 (CB1) ultimately causes a feeling of euphoria or a “high” feeling.
THC – It’s More Than Just a “High”.
It is important to remember that THC is not only used to get “high”. TCH is actually found in medicines that are used for cancer patients to treat nausea associated with chemotherapy as well as medicines used for improving appetites, which is a common complication that is associated with AIDS patients. The Mayo Clinic also states that the use of THC, found in medical marijuana, to be beneficial for the treatment of Glaucoma, pain, seizures, and spasticity.
Now that you understand the basics of what THC is let’s move on to CBD.
So, What About CBD Anyhow?
CBD or cannabidiol is basically THC’s distant cousin. CBD is one of the 113 cannabinoids identified in hemp plants, but it does not make a person feel “stoned” like THC does – actually it has been known to counteract the psycho-activity of THC.
An article published in The Washington Post states this: “Take a few milligrams of CBD as, say, an oil slipped onto the tongue or a piece of candy, and it tastes unmistakably like cannabis, which is to say, slightly minty and herbaceous, and just a little funky. But cannabidiol’s effect is startlingly anticlimactic. It’s weed without the high.” The article goes on to cite an aesthetician who claims, “a little of it swiped onto the face could help repair the ravages of age”, she goes on to say, “it wipes away the sleeplessness and the stress and the nagging pain in her back that has left her with a slight limp, though she’s only in her 30s.”
Why CBD? What Can It DO for Me?
The question, better stated, is what can’t CBD do for you? CBD is now, more than ever before, being used for overall wellness and health – perhaps that is why it is so popular. CBD has been shown to be beneficial for such ailments as: stress, anxiety, increased heart rate, improving symptoms associated with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), insomnia, epilepsy, chronic pain, arthritis, and has even has been shown to be helpful in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease!
Among these wonderful uses of CBD products, one of the more common known and amazing uses is for the skin – I’m talking anti-aging to acne to rosacea – the list goes on and on. One thing is for sure CBD oil is quickly becoming your skin’s new BFF and should be incorporated into your skin care routine. CBD is short of being magical and some people insist “CBD can do it all”.
By understanding the differences between CBD and THC you can make more informed choices. If you are looking for an incredible product, one that is legal in most states (even where medical and recreational marijuana is not) then CBD will not disappoint. Don’t believe me – try for yourself!
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