health | 11.06.2018

So... What is the difference between CBD and THC?

Jim Ankeny


The two most well-known compounds in marijuana are THC and CBD. This is no accident: Together CBD and THC make up a significant portion of a cannabis flower’s biomass.

Not only are they present in significant quantities in most strains, but they also contribute to how strong the high is as well as how significant the medicinal properties are for a given strain, respectively.

Let’s break them down, starting with THC.

THC - Tetrahydrocannabinol

THC is an acronym for tetrahydrocannabinol, the compound in marijuana most responsible for its psychotropic effects. However, it is not solely responsible for how high one gets, as there are other factors involved, but it plays a major role.

THC stimulates cells in the brain to pump out dopamine, often creating euphoria, though some people experience anxiety after ingesting THC. This is based on the individual as well as the dose. THC also interferes with how information is processed in the hippocampus, which is the part of the brain responsible for forming new memories. This is all according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse or NIDA.

CBD - Cannabidiol

CBD is an acronym for cannabidiol, the compound in marijuana most responsible for its medicinal effects. If you’re unfamiliar with the wide range of benefits that CBD can offer, check out this article.

It’s worth noting that THC is also used medicinally for a few purposes like decreasing nausea and increasing appetite. That said, CBD is the real heavy hitter when it comes to medicinal benefits.

But how do these compounds interact with our brain?

The Human Cannabinoid System

We have a collection of cells in our brain that contain something called cannabinoid receptors. They aren’t just there so that we can smoke marijuana and get high, they also produce other cannabinoid chemicals in certain areas of the brain associated with thinking, memory, pleasure, coordination and time perception that have nothing to do with marijuana. According to the NIDA, THC attaches to these receptors and activates them, causing us to feel high.

The more you know, the more you grow

We think that the more you know about marijuana the more likely you are to have a positive experience. Study up before you light up and you’re bound have a good time.

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