Many people, myself included, that first learn about hemp-derived CBD tend to compare it to THC. And that definitely makes sense, because out of the over 120 cannabinoids that have so far been discovered in the cannabis plant, THC and CBD are by far the most plentiful.
THC tends to be the cannabinoid a majority of people already know about. Possibly because of all of the publicity it has gotten or maybe because of the intoxicating feeling that goes along with THC. As popular as CBD has become, it is certainly a more recent wellness supplement. CBD has definitely become America’s cannabinoid of choice, but people still are not completely comfortable with what separates CBD from THC.
What’s the Difference Between THC and CBD?
THC and CBD both come from cannabis, and they both contact the same chemical composition. But when it comes to the way they interact with the body, the cannabinoids some very crucial differences.
CBD Doesn’t Get You High
One of the biggest differences between THC and CBD is that CBD will not get you high. This is a factor that many people are concerned about when first looking into CBD products.
When most people think about cannabis, they tend to think about the intoxicating effects associated with THC. However, THC is the only cannabinoid that will have that ‘high’ feeling. CBD on its own is non-intoxicating and will not get you high. If you want to avoid intoxicating side effects, always make sure your CBD products are third-party lab tested and THC free.
THC, CBD, and your Endocannabinoid System
The differences between THC and CBD really come down to the way they interact with your endocannabinoid system (ECS), specifically the CB1 receptors, which are found primarily in the brain and central nervous system. THC binds to and activates CB1 receptors, which in turn makes a person feel ‘high’. It has been suggested that without CB1 receptors, THC wouldn’t cause a person to feel ‘high’ at all!
CBD, on the other hand, has little to no binding affinity for CB1 receptors. This is why CBD does not cause psychoactive effects.
CBD Is Typically Extracted from Hemp
Hemp and marijuana are the two major subspecies of cannabis. THC and CBD are found throughout the leaves and flowers of both. One of the biggest differences, however, is the percentage of cannabinoids each contains and how they are bred. Hemp naturally has much higher levels of CBD than THC, and the hemp that is legal to grow in the United States must have less than 0.03% THC.
THC Is Found in Marijuana
On the other hand, THC is naturally abundant in marijuana strains. Marijuana is often bred to be high in THC and less CBD. The majority of CBD products available online and at retailers throughout the US are sourced from hemp, as it contains less than 0.3% THC.
Does Some THC With CBD Have Benefits?
THC and CBD have been shown to be beneficial on their own, but it’s also been suggested that the two may work even better together. People have been using cannabis for wellness for centuries and there is thought that the two can work together to give additional benefits.
The Entourage Effect
There have been studies that suggest that when these cannabinoids are taken in conjunction, they may provide additional benefits, and this has been labeled as the entourage effect.
The entourage effect suggests that when all the compounds in cannabis are working together, rather than just one isolated cannabinoid, there is a synergistic effect that occurs in the body.
THC and CBD are just two of the 120+ cannabinoid compounds found in cannabis. Some other compounds include terpenes, flavonoids, and essential fatty acids.
Many experts agree that the entourage effect is indeed a real effect. Most individuals seem to respond better to cannabis products that are comprised of multiple cannabinoids and other plant compounds rather than just one cannabinoid that has been isolated.
The Entourage Effect Without THC
If THC isn’t your thing, you can still benefit from the entourage effect by looking for “broad spectrum” CBD products.
Broad spectrum CBD is that which contains all the cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids and other compounds found in hemp other than THC. Broad Spectrum is perfect for individuals who either can’t have or don’t want any traces of THC in their system but still want to experience the benefits of the entourage effect in a CBD product.
THC and CBD might come from the same plant and share certain similarities, but there are also some major differences between them. All of Neurorganix’s products are made with CBD that is only derived from hemp and is always THC free, as proven by our third-party lab reports. It’s the perfect option for a user who wants to avoid the euphoric effects of cannabinoids entirely.