CBD vs THC – What’s the Difference?

CBD vs THC – What’s the Difference?

It’s interesting when you look at the molecular structure of two compounds that are strikingly similar but yet produce such vastly different effects. Look at the image above showing CBD vs THC. One little atom is different but the effects of CBD vs THC on our body and mind couldn’t be more different. Let’s explore the differences and similarities so it’s clear how one little atom can alter a substance like cannabis.

Cannabis? Marijuana? Hemp? What’s the Difference?

First, let’s look into the plants themselves to clarify the origins of these healing compounds. The plant family is considered “cannabis” and the two main types of cannabis plants are “hemp” and “marijuana.” Hemp growers are constantly trying to weed out the THC compound to produce a strong CBD-rich plant. In order for CBD products to be considered federally legal the THC content must be below .03%. Marijuana growers are doing the opposite – they want as low CBD content as possible considering CBD counteracts the psychoactive effects of THC. We have more information on our another blog – What’s the Difference between Hemp and Marijuana?


The Endocannabinoid System

Our bodies have two endocannabinoid receptors that have been identified that are located primarily in the brain and nervous system, but also in various organs and tissues. These CB1 and CB2 receptors are responsible for regulating a variety of physiological and cognitive processes as well as mediating the effects of cannabis compounds. More than 100 compounds have been identified in the cannabis plant, of which tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) have been studied most extensively. These compounds bind to our CB1 and CB2 receptors producing a variety of healing properties including, but not limited to, anti-tumoral, antioxidant, anti-spasmodic, anti-psychotic, anti-convulsive, anti-anxiety and neuroprotective properties. For more information about the Endocannabinoid System, click here.

CBD, THC and Our Bodies

The atomic difference in CBD vs THC is very apparent when they do their magic inside the body. CBD does not produce an intoxicating feeling in your mind or body the way THC does. CBD users typically describe the mental response as an enlightened feeling of ease, combined with the physical response – a significant decrease in pain and inflammation. The most common CBD health benefits are the following:

  • Pain Relief
  • Decreases Inflammation
  • Relieves Stress/Anxiety
  • Anti-Seizure
  • Anti-Tumor Effect
  • Sleep Aid
  • Lowers Risk of Diabetes
  • Improves Cholesterol Levels
  • Prevents Bone Disease
  • Helps Treat Depression/Mood Disorders
  • Aids in Recovery from Addictions
  • And much more!

Depending on your personal preference, THC has a huge following for and is avoided due to the intoxicating high it produces. THC users report strong feelings of euphoria and heightened sensitivity, coupled with cotton mouth, increased heart rate, the “munchies” or increased appetite, increased paranoia, the giggles, red eyes/dryness, among others symptoms. THC has its own set of health benefits including:

  • Sleep Aid
  • Pain Relief
  • Increases Appetite
  • Eases Nausea
  • Muscle Relaxant
  • Potential Cancer Fighting Properties
  • And much more!

At 101 CBD, we believe in the healing power of cannabis without the need for intoxicating our minds. Don’t get us wrong, there is a time and place for THC, but our focus is on raw, organic, full-spectrum CBD and all that it can do to better our lives.

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