Cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are two of the most popular cannabinoids in the cannabis
CBD and THC have different chemical structures. While their chemical formulas are quite similar, CBD has an extra hydrogen molecule that makes it different from THC. This may seem like a minor thing, but it makes a significant difference in the way these compounds work in the body.
Most CBD products on the market today are derived from industrial hemp. However, hemp, which is a variety of the cannabis sativa plant, contains low levels of THC – about 0.05 to 1 percent THC. Therefore, if you want THC, you are better off going for other strains of the cannabis plant rather than hemp. Other strains of cannabis can have up to 10 to 14 percent THC.
Although hemp and other strains of the cannabis plant look similar, there are some visible differences in the structure of these plants. Hemp is usually taller than other varieties of cannabis. It has long stalks and is very resilient. On the other hand, the normal cannabis plant does not typically grow very tall. Also, it must be grown in humid soil and requires a lot of sunlight to survive.
One key difference between CBD and THC is that the latter has psychoactive effects while the former does not. You will not get stoned even if you take high doses of CBD. Also, there are no severe side effects of overdosing on CBD. On the other hand, THC will get you high and taking high doses of it can result in side effects like schizophrenia.
As indicated above, both CBD and THC have health benefits. CBD appears to be more beneficial for the health than THC. However, further studies into THC may provide insight into other ways it can be used. At the moment, THC is known to be effective in stimulating the appetite as well as fighting nausea, pain, and insomnia. CBD has a wide range of health benefits including the fact that it can fight cancer, inflammation, anxiety, depression, heart diseases, chronic pain, seizures, Alzheimer’s, and so much more. CBD is even good for the skin.
Another significant difference between CBD and THC is how they work in the body. Both compounds work with the body’s endocannabinoid system. THC binds with the cannabinoid receptors. This is how it gets you high. However, CBD does not bind to the cannabinoid receptors in the body. Instead, it stimulates them indirectly to produce physiological effects. CBD has been found to reverse the psychoactive effects of THC.
These are some of the critical differences between CBD and THC. If you are buying any CBD product, make it a point to check for the concentration level of CBD and THC that it contains. Most CBD products include a bit of THC. However, it is not enough to have any effect on you.