CBD vs. THC: What’s the Difference?

If you are one of Canada’s cannabis connoisseurs, you have definitely heard of CBD and THC; they are the most well-known compounds within the cannabis plant. But do you really know what the difference is between these two magical compounds found in your marijuana? Even though the two compounds have the same chemical makeup with slight differences in their atom arrangements, they have extremely different impacts on both the mind and body. Here are the main differences between the two and everything you need to know about the CBD vs. THC in your Canadian cannabis.

CBD

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is often strayed away from by recreational cannabis users because it is not known for producing much of a high. But the real question is why doesn’t CBD get you high when THC does? In the human brain, there are tons of different receptors and one of these is called cannabinoid 1 – or CB1. THC binds strongly to this receptor, and that is what causes the euphoric high, especially when you smoke or consume a strain with elevated THC levels. CBD on the other hand binds very weakly to the CB1 receptor and it can even interfere with THC binding, greatly diminishing any psychoactive effects of the weed.

If all you want from your weed is to find that relaxing buzz, strains that are high in CBD are unlikely your go-to choice. But for those looking to use marijuana medically, CBD is the perfect option. Whether you purchase your weed from medical dispensaries or you have gotten your ACMPR license to grow your own, medical users everywhere are raving about the positive benefits of CBD in their weed. Once you look past the fact that the CBD doesn’t get you high, you’ll actually realize that high-CBD plants have way more health benefits than any THC-heavy strains. They have been proven to help with anxiety and sleep disorders, cancer-related symptoms, glaucoma, epilepsy, and many more diseases and ailments.

THC

As stated before, the THC compound in your cannabis binds strongly to the brain’s CB1 receptor and activates it, leaving you feeling nice and stoned. Many growers do their best to create strains with high THC content, and dispensaries stock their shelves with THC-heavy weed because this is what people typically want. THC not only binds to the CB1 receptor, but studies have shown that it also increases blood flow to the prefrontal cortex of the brain. This region of the brain is responsible for things like motor skills and the attention span, so THC intoxications can inhibit these skills in a person.

THC can also be used to treat some medical conditions, but it doesn’t have nearly the same medical benefits as CBD. It is also the cause of unwanted side effects in some people, like itchy red eyes, elevated heart rate, dry mouth, short attention span, and increased appetite. So you might wonder which is best? It depends entirely on what you are hoping to gain from your cannabis use, and varies from person to person.