Cannabis is becoming a common topic these days. Whether it’s legalization or health benefits, you pretty much see something regarding cannabis on the regular. One particular avenue of interest for consumers both new and seasoned alike is the differences and similarities of THC and CBD. So, let’s take a closer look at them both.
Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol or THC for short is the intoxicating cannabinoid in cannabis that is responsible for producing the buzz or high that recreational consumers enjoy. It is also a very medicinal cannabinoid offering many things such as anti-inflammatory, neuroprotective, and pain-relieving properties. It is also known for relieving nausea, anxiety, depression, and insomnia.
Cannabidiol or CBD is a cannabinoid that doesn’t pack a buzz. This cannabinoid holds a vast potential of health benefits and also has a lot of supporting medical documentation and research that can be found published on the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), Journal of the American Medicine Association (JAMA) and many other credible sources.
CBD is non-intoxicating because it does not work the same way that THC does with the bodies endocannabinoid system. In short, CBD does not stimulate and activate the CB1 and CB2 receptors in the body the same way that THC does. Through stimulation of the CB1 receptor, THC produces psychoactive effects whereas CBD does not stimulate these receptors.
CBD activates receptors such as the TRPV-1 receptor that plays a vital role in pain perception and inflammation throughout the body. It also inhibits the FAAH enzyme which can minimize THC’s activation of CB1 receptors and in return, reduce the psychoactive effects of THC.
Next time you are in the circle, spark up the conversation on why these cannabinoids interact with the endocannabinoid system differently. Who knows… you might teach someone something they didn’t know.