Most everyone has heard of CBD or THC. But not everyone knows exactly what either are or what the difference is. Does CBD relax you? Maybe it’s anti-inflammatory? And THC is that stuff in vape pens that gets you high? Let’s dig in for a few minutes and get this all straightened out.
CBD is non-psychoactive & THC is psychoactive
CBD is cannabidiol and THC is tetrahydrocannabinol. That was a mouthful. No wonder we abbreviate them. These compounds are both derived from the same plant, the cannabis plant, but they are each unique in their own ways. THC might be the more recognized of the two, as it is best known for its euphoric effect, but it is also effective in relieving nausea, improving appetite, and helping resolve insomnia.
One of the main differences between THC and CBD is that THC is a psychoactive compound that provides an instant effect that you can feel – a high – while CBD does not intoxicate you. CBD is non-psychoactive and is commonly chosen for pain management and at higher doses it has relaxing effects.
Taking CBD with THC
When CBD and THC are taken together, it is said that you’re much less likely to experience anxiety, paranoia, and other negative side effects that could potentially occur with THC alone. Mixed strains like these tend to be better for anyone who prefers a more mellow buzz.
Both of these power houses communicate with your body’s endocannabinoid system. Believe it or not, you were born with cannabinoid receptors located throughout your body, but mainly in your brain and central nervous system. These receptors are involved in physiological processes including appetite, pain perception, mood, and memory. CBD and THC are delivered to your body via whatever method you prefer – smoking or vaping a flower, munching on an edible, applying a topical cream, or taking a tincture under your tongue. The rest is magic.