CBD vs THC: What is the difference?
Despite the weight of evidence supporting the many medicinal uses for CBD, many people continue to be confused about what exactly it is. Part of the confusion over CBD, or cannabidiol, lies in the fact that many people confuse it with THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol. These are the two most plentiful chemicals occurring naturally in hemp.
Both CBD and THC are considered to be cannabinoids because they are similar chemical compounds that, among other things, act on the cannabinoid receptors in specific cells in the brain, affecting the release of neurotransmitters. Both of these chemicals are also classified as phytocannabinoids because they occur naturally as opposed to being manmade. The specific effect they each have on the brain and body, however, is very different. While THC is classified as a psychotropic drug, CBD is not psychoactive and does not have the same mood and mind altering characteristics.
Benefits of CBD
Despite years of testing, there is no documentation indicating that CBD has any dangerous or unwanted side effects on either the body or brain. There are, however, numerous research studies that have demonstrated its efficacy in treating various medical concerns including anxiety, pain, and inflammation. It has been proven to be an antioxidant, anticonvulsant, antiemetic, antidepressant, antipsychotic, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and to have anxiolytic and antibacterial properties. CBD is safe, effective, and completely legal in all parts of the United States as well as most other countries. It has no psychoactive properties, and those taking it do not experience any unwanted effects such as feeling “stoned” or “high.”
What About THC?
The first phytocannabinoid to be identified, THC has been even more comprehensively researched than CBD has. THC is extremely psychoactive, and even small amounts can cause a state of intoxication, potential altering your behavior and physiological responses. It does, however, have some of the same benefits as CBD, and numerous potential medical applications have been explored, including pain relief, anxiety relief, anti-nausea treatment, and stimulating the appetite. These studies have led to the increasing legalization of both marijuana and THC, particularly in treating those with chronic and/or serious diseases. THC is also well-known as a recreational drug, usually taken in the form of marijuana.
Why is CBD Better?
While both THC and CBD have proven health benefits, CBD has wider potential applications – without any of the psychotropic effects. There is also some evidence suggesting that long-term use of THC may be linked to a higher incidence of certain psychiatric disorders, although the actual causation has not been proven. Generally, most scientists and experts agree that CBD is the safer, more effective option. Even better, it is affordable and completely legal in the United States.
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