Article by Julia Veintrop, Cannabis Life Network
If you want to truly maximize the positive benefits of using cannabis, it’s important to understand the difference between CBD and THC. While the two cannabinoids have similarities, they work in contrasting, harmonious ways; each producing a particular effect on the human body. In order to tailor your cannabis use to your health, here is a look at the factors that separate THC and CBD.
THC – Painkillers can often get you high unless they have a job to do. For example, if you give morphine to someone who just broke their leg, you would have a different effect than if you gave it to someone without any injuries. The feeling associated with THC is very much like this. The level of psychotropic and physiological effects it will have, depends on factors such as your current physical state, metabolism, and tolerance.
CBD –CBD does not produce the psychoactive effect associated with THC, but some patients report that it does create a psychological effect. It is typically classified as an analgesic as well. If inflammation is causing you pain, CBD might make a significant difference. However, there are different types of CBD and to find the best one for you, you should follow consumer’s guide to buying CBD.
CBD – Rather than activate your CB1 and CB2 receptors, CBD acts as an antagonist, blocking their processes. For example, Epilepsy is often caused by overactive neuroreceptors, resulting in seizures. When you introduce the right phytocannabinoids, they will take over and interrupt the effect.
One of the biggest differences between CBD and THC can be found on a molecular level. Both cannabinoids have 21 carbon, 30 hydrogen, and 2 oxygen atoms but they are arranged in a different way. Chemically, both molecules are similar to a lot of the endocannabinoids our bodies produce naturally. As a result, THC and CBD can act as phytocannabinoids, enabling neurotransmission.
Cause and effect on emotions
THC – THC causes the release of chemicals within the reward and pleasure centers of the brain and as a result, it can give a sense of calm and euphoria. Depending on the dose, THC can help the brain produce proper levels of dopamine and serotonin. If you take a little more than you need, your receptors might become overstimulated and get you high.
CBD – Acting as an antagonist, CBD blocks the activity of the receptors that respond to stress. Instead of stimulating calming chemicals, CBD blocks physical fight or flight reactions when stress is occurring. This is why CBD doesn’t produce the same feelings as THC and works more as an anti-anxiety agent; it’s a blocker, not a producer.