Cannabis has become a hot topic nowadays, today we know that it has incredible medicinal properties for conditions like anxiety , chronic pain, inflammation, and depression. But the differences between CBD and THC still confuse many people.
The plant has about 140 cannabinoids but two of them are very popular, CBD and THC. But after all, what are the real differences between CBD and THC? How do they affect our perception and organism?
Many people do not risk the use of CBD for fear of affecting their behavior at work or at home, but this concern is unnecessary because unlike THC, CBD has no psychoactive effects. In other words, it does not make you high. This means that regardless of the method you consume CBD, it will not make you paranoid or with a false perception of space and time.
A very important detail about the differences between CBD and THC is that when they act together in the body they are able to achieve more potent medicinal effects because CBD reduces the side effects of THC.
This makes it possible to treat more severe conditions and, consequently, improves lives. This means, for example, that a gel capsule with a high content of CBD and the maximum amount of THC allowed by law (0.3%) is capable of treating different types of health problems.
The differences between Industrial, Medicinal, and Adult cannabis
The terms hemp and marijuana serve to distinguish two varieties of the cannabis plant that are part of the same family, but which are opposed in terms of legalization and usefulness.
Hemp represents the medicinal and industrial family of Cannabis, medicinal because its amount of CBD is much greater than the amount of THC and industrial because the plant can be used for various applications, such as fiber or biofuel.
The exact amount of CBD in hemp tends to vary between 10-20% and that of THC is limited to a maximum of 0.3%. It is important to mention that hemp seed is rich in nutrients such as omega-6 and amino acids, but does not have CBD in its composition.
Industrially, hemp is used as a raw material in different industries, its branches, roots, and seeds can be used as food, oil, biofuel, fiber, and others
"Marijuana" is the popular name given to recreational cannabis, its main difference is the high amount of THC (greater than 0.3%) in its composition and the fact that it is still banned in different countries.
Get to know CBD (Cannabidiol)
In the differences between CBD and THC, the fact that CBD (Cannabidiol) has become a legalized compound in several countries around the world, including for example the USA, Canada, and Brazil, stands out.
CBD became popular for promoting therapeutic treatment in the mind and body. Its interaction with the human body's endocannabinoid system creates a synergy in the body that results in relaxation and well-being
- Reduce Stress
- Decrease physiological effects of anxiety
- Induce sleep in cases of insomnia
- Post-traumatic stress syndrome
Meet THC (Tetrahidrocanabinol)
THC is usually known for its psychoactive properties, in other words, as well as for example, alcohol, THC is capable of affecting motor and neurological functions. It is specifically for this reason that its use is still vetoed in Brazil and in many other countries.
Like CBD and despite its psychoactive effects, THC also has medicinal properties, the scientific community has published studies that prove that the potency of its effects, when combined with CBD, is able to treat specific symptoms that only CBD alone does not.
Another important characteristic to consider is that a high level of THC is able to boost psychiatric effects such as paranoia, anxiety and vicious behaviors. So a lot of caution is indicated in the recreational use of Cannabis.
Positive Effects of THC
- Auditory Sensitivity
Negative Effects of THC
- Low response time
- Poor memory performance
- Lack of motivation
Now that we understand the differences between CBD and THC a little better, the difference between medicinal use, industrial use, and recreational use of the plant become clearer.
Despite being part of the same species, each one has unique characteristics that when used together, result in a phenomenon called “Entourage Effect”, but this is a subject for another day.
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