Main differences between THC and CBD
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD) are in fact the two main ingredients found in the marijuana plant. Both of these belong to a specific class of cannabinoids. The most common difference comes from the fact that the THC ingredient is psychoactive, and CBD is not.
This means that CBD does not invoke that “high” feeling which is related with marijuana use. In fact, CBD counteracts the psychoactive results of THC use. This is the result of CBD not binding to the CB1 and CB2 receptors.
The psychoactive component of the plant, THC, works as a replacement agent for a neurotransmitter called anandamide – which is naturally produced by our bodies. Anandamide helps regulate our eating and sleeping habits, and also deals with the perception of pain.
This is where THC comes in when using it for medical purposes.
Its effects include:
- Induced relaxation
- Reduced aggression
- Alters the sense of hearing, seeing and smelling
- Increases the patient’s appetite
We see the benefits of THC in various different medical applications, for example: treating the side effects of chemotherapy, helps with pain spasms, bladder function and improves spasticity in patients with multiple sclerosis, reduces eye pressure (e.g. for glaucoma patients), and even with AIDS, THC helps to stimulate appetite and alleviate some of the symptoms.
That said, CBD is still a somewhat stronger candidate for medical use, even though both ingredients have different, unique benefits.
The main effects of CBD use are :
- Reduced psychotic symptoms
- Provides relief with nausea and convulsions
- Helps decrease anxiety, depression symptoms
- Helps decrease inflammation
Using CBD has been found to greatly help patients suffering from conditions such as schizophrenia, where it reduces the psychotic symptoms, it lowers the anxiety in patients with various anxiety disorders, as well as depression, and also cancer treatment. Similarly to THC, CBD also relives pain and stimulates appetite.
With everything said, you now may be wondering why is CBD a stronger candidate for medical use, when both compounds obviously provide helpful results in various treatments.
Basically, CBD is better in the terms of side effects when it comes to everyday life. As said, THC induces the so called “high” or “stoned” feeling, and while many pursue this for relaxation purposes, it also means users experience a reduction in abilities such as planning and organizing, and also conflicts with the control of impulses.
CBD lacks these effects, while also being effective in medical use, and this therefore makes it a better candidate in either treating a disorder, or relieving symptoms.
Want to learn more about health benefits derived from cannabis oil use? Consider reading our article on the human endocannabinoid system and how do we benefit from it.
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