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CBD vs. THC: The Differences and Similarities You Need to Know
Cannabis has been around for centuries and has been used for various purposes. There are two main types of cannabis compounds: CBD and THC. Both have their own unique benefits and users. In this blog, we will discuss the differences and similarities between CBD and THC. We will also describe what they are, why they are used, and who uses them. Hopefully, this information will clear up some of the confusion about these two types of products!
Before talking about CBD and THC we first must know what is Cannabis. Cannabis is also known as marijuana, weed, or pot is a cannabinoid drug. They are many different cannabinoids in the cannabis Sativa plant but it primarily contains the psychoactive cannabinoid THC (delta9 tetrahydrocannabinol) and the non-psychoactive cannabidiol (CBD). The most popular way to consume marijuana is by smoking it. Cannabis can also be eaten or vaporized and the effects will vary depending on which method you choose, but most people find that they prefer one form over another for particular purposes like relaxation/stress relief or pain management due in part because each delivery system has its own advantages (ease of use).
What is CBD?
CBD, or cannabidiol, is a compound found in cannabis. It is one of the main cannabinoids, along with THC. CBD is non-psychoactive, meaning it doesn't get you high like THC does.
CBD is used by many people for its therapeutic effects. It is popular amongst those who want the medical benefits of cannabis without the high. CBD is also used by people who are sensitive to THC or who want to avoid its psychoactive effects. According to Mayo Clinic, The FDA has also approved a liquid medication (Epidiolex) containing a purified form of cannabidiol (CBD), a chemical found in marijuana.
What is THC?
THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is another compound found in cannabis. It is the main psychoactive cannabinoid and is responsible for the "high" that people feel when they smoke or ingest cannabis. THC is most commonly used by people for its recreational effects. However, it is also used medicinally by people who need relief.
How are CBD and THC similar?
CBD and THC share some similarities. They are both compounds found in cannabis and they both have therapeutic effects.
How CBD and THC Affect the Body
CBD and THC interact with the body in different ways. CBD does not bind to cannabinoid receptors like THC does. Instead, it affects the body in other ways. CBD can increase levels of anandamide, a neurotransmitter that helps regulate pain, mood, and memory. CBD also inhibits the activity of enzymes that break down anandamide.
THC binds to cannabinoid receptors in the brain and alters neurotransmitter release. This is how it produces its psychoactive effects. THC also stimulates the release of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that is associated with pleasure and reward-seeking behavior. This is why people tend to feel happy and relaxed after smoking or ingesting cannabis.
Is CBD and THC legal?
There is great uncertainty about the legal status of cannabis products, with some states allowing medical marijuana and others for recreational use. As part of recent Farm Bill changes to US law (December 2018), Congress legalized hemp; however, there are still restrictions on where you can sell or purchase these items depending upon your location within that state/province limits.
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: Cannabis (Marijuana) and Cannabinoids
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