What’s the difference between THC and CBD?
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) are the two primary cannabinoids that occur naturally in the Cannabis sativa plant. Both of these interact with the cannabinoid receptors found in the human body and brain, but they differ dramatically in their effects.
What is THC? THC is the main psychoactive component of the cannabis plant and is the primary agent responsible for creating the ‘high’ associated with recreational cannabis use. The effects of THC include:
- Altered senses of sight, smell, and hearing
- Reduced aggression
What Are the Medicinal Benefits of THC? Research studies show that THC may useful in helping with:
- Side Effects of Chemotherapy
- Multiple sclerosis
- Spinal injury: Lessen tremors
- Nausea and vomiting
- Chronic pain
- Digestive health
What is CBD? CBD is non-psychoactive which means that it will not get you high. Because of this, CBD appears more frequently than THC in dietary supplements. CBD has the same chemical formula as THC, but the atoms are in a different arrangement. This variance causes THC to create a psychoactive effect, while CBD does not.
What Are the Medicinal Benefits of CBD? Research studies show that CBD may be useful in helping with:
- Pain (neuropathic, chronic, cancer-related, etc.)
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Substance Abuse/Withdrawal
- Heart Disease
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
THC vs. CBD for Pain Management? Research shows that CBD may be better for inflammation and neuropathic pain, while THC may help more with spasticity and cramp-related pain. But it is worth noting that sometimes high doses of THC can exacerbate pain symptoms. Meaning THC consumed in this capacity should be done in small amounts. Most experts suggest that a combination of both THC and CBD is the ideal way to approach pain management.