What is the difference between CBD and THC? Which one should you take?
Scientists know that there are more than 100 cannabinoids in the cannabis plant. They also know that the most well-known, most prevalent, most researched and most consumed cannabinoids happen to be tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). These phytocannabinoids network with the body’s own endocannabinoids, part of the endocannabinoid system. They cling to CB1 and CB2 receptors in the endocannabinoid system, to maintain the optimum immune system health.
Physiological and Structural Differences
The main reason why THC and CBD are different is because of their physiological effect on the user. THC makes the user feel high because it is psychotropic, but CBD is not, and has no negative side effects. The two cannabinoids also differ in their chemical structure. THC triggers the CB1 receptor found mainly in the central and peripheral nervous system, and especially in the brain. Usually this CB1 receptor is stimulated by endogenous neurotransmitters, one being anandamide, but THC as a phytocannabinoid has the same effect. On the other hand, if you take CBD, it changes the shape of the CB1 receptor, making it more difficult for the THC or anandamide to bind with this receptor. CBD does not bind to the CB1 receptor, therefore does not have a psychotropic effect on the user.
Combine THC with CBD for Medical Results
Taking CBD with THC will mitigate the high effect of the THC on the brain. In addition, the CBD decreases the side effects of the THC – including paranoia, anxiety and short-term memory loss. Doctors are now saying that taking a CBD-rich cannabis oil, with a little THC, is extremely therapeutic and lacking in psychotropic side effects. A win-win medication.
Cannabis and its products have been used for centuries to cure numerous human maladies. It is a pity that THC is banned in many parts of the world thanks to the abuse of this substance and its addictive nature. Too many people took advantage of THC and used it to get high. Now it is a Schedule 1 drug in many countries, illegal. But CBD is being produced as a medical therapy in many countries because it has no side effects.
THC and CBD Are Natural Therapies
Research shows that both THC and CBD are healing therapies that can be used instead of damaging pharmaceutical drugs. THC and CBD are both natural pain killers, have natural anti-inflammatory qualities, are anti-convulsant, anti-emetic and anti-depressant. THC is known to cure glaucoma and stimulate appetite while CBD is anti-psychotic and anti-tumour. They are both useful for people with epilepsy and when used together can control many illnesses caused by stress.