CBD vs. THC: The ultimate guide

So, you’ve heard about CBD but want to know the difference between CBD and THC? What if I told you that to understand this difference you don’t need to be a scientist or a chemist? It sounds awesome, right?

How many times have you tried to find out about what the benefits are of CBD compared to THC are, but found yourself completely lost amidst all the information?
Have you ever wished that you could finally find a clear list of benefits and applications without having to read dozens of articles?

Well, it doesn’t have to be as confusing as it all may seem. In this article we will look at the difference between THC and CBD in an easily digestible way, looking at information regarding of their applications, and a list of the benefits obtainable from using these amazing molecules that nature has to offer.

The Science bit

Let’s start with the basics. CBD stands for cannabidiol, while THC is short for tetrahydrocannabinol. They are both cannabinoids, meaning natural components of cannabis sativa. They are chemically very similar but their atoms are arranged slightly differently, and this difference plays a huge role in how they interact with our body. All the differences and the effects elicited by THC or CBD are a direct result of this little chemical difference.

The main differences between THC and CBD

1. CBD “high” vs. THC “high”:

CBD will not make you high. Simple as that. This is because CBD does not bind efficiently to our endocannabinoid system. This binding action is what is responsible for, among other things, the “high” effect when someone consumes THC. While THC has been at the centre of many debates because its psychotropic activities, CBD does not alter any perception or sensorial experience. Studies have actually shown that CBD can lessen some of the undesirable effects of THC. For this reason, 28 countries have cleared for the final approval of Sativex ©, a mixture 1:1 of CBD and THC for the management of cancer symptoms.

2. CBD vs. THC for Anxiety issues

Numerous studies have shown that CBD can help with social anxiety and panic attacks. Patients using CBD for anxiety management said they felt more relaxed and balanced after CBD consumption, as well as less anxious and more focused during demanding activities, whereasTHC on the other hand is known for its ability to worsen anxiety and paranoia in some people. However, if combined with CBD, THC’s undesirable effects are lessened.

3. THC vs. CBD effects on the sleep

As many of you might already know, THC is a great ally of sleep. What you may not know is that CBD can also help with insomnia and other sleep issues. While THC will probably make you feel tired, CBD will instead improve your focus and attention, while restoring your natural sleeping schedule.

4. CBD vs. THC psychoactive effects

Not only will CBD will not make you high, : researcher has shown that in combination with THC, CBD can lessen the psychotropic effects of THC, protecting the consumer from getting too high. In addition, many studies have shown promising results of CBD for the treatment of difficult form of psychosis like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

5. CBD & THC legal status

Using marijuana and THC products is still illegal in many countries, while CBD is becoming increasingly popular due to it being legal in all countries that have legalised hemp. The difference is principally due to CBD’s lack of psychotropic effects that make it an appealing drug for the pharmaceutical marketplace. Recently pharmaceutical form of CBD has been released with the name of Epidiolex ©. The drug is currently on clinical trials for the treatment of epilepsy in small children.

Where can I buy CBD or THC?

If you’ve continued reading until here, you are probably interested in knowing how you can use THC and CBD, and in which forms you will find it commercially.

Well.. while in most countries while it is not possible to purchase products high in THC, CBD products are far easier to find. CBD can be found in many forms, from oils, pastes, tinctures etc. and in a variety of different strengths and concentrations.

What can you use CBD oil for?Are THC or CBD oil useful for pain management?

CBD and THC seem to be helpful for a growing number of conditions. One question that is often asked is whether THC or CBD is more effective for pain management.

An astonishing number of research has proved that CBD and THC are both anti-inflammatory. This means that they help the body reducing certain signs of inflammation as fever, pain, tenderness and swelling. In this way CBD seems to be able to reduce the pain experienced in conditions such as neurodegenerative diseases, fibromyalgia, arthritis, IBS, meningitis and many more…

Is THC or CBD useful for treating cancer?

Preliminary results obtained in vitro and vivo have shown that CBD and THC oil reduce both the symptoms associated with cancer and cancer cells number count. In addition, the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects of CBD oil have been shown to be an effective tool for the prevention of tumors. That being said, additional research needs to be done in order to confirm that CBD can effectively help in the ongoing fight against cancer.

Beside the above mentioned applications, numerous conditions are currently being tested with CBD and THC and new promising results are published every month.