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THC VS CBD: meaning, benefits and some pitfalls too

15 September, 2021 Ananya Das

THC and CBD are both ingredients of Cannabis. They are different from each other in some sense, despite having few similarities. Let's learn more about them so we can have a better grasp of what they are and what benefits we can gain from them.

Starting with THC, it stands for delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol. It is a primary ingredient and a cannabinoid molecule found in marijuana (cannabis). THC is known to be a psychoactive ingredient, which when consumed makes people feel high. In early times, the THC content of marijuana was just 4% but now it contains an average of 9.6%. Even some new strains of marijuana like skunk contains up to about 15% THC making it quite strong. But the amount of THC present in marijuana also depends on the method of its preparation. Even some product contains more than 50% THC. These products are made from marijuana extracts.

It is consumed in a variety of ways, the most common being smoked. The dried leaves of marijuana (cannabis plant) are lit and smoked. Besides, there are available other ways too for its consumption.

  • Inhale it
  • Apply it topically
  • Take it orally

Coming to CBD, it stands for cannabidiol. It is the second prevalent ingredient found in cannabis. The main source of deriving CBD is the hemp plant. The main thing to know about CBD is that it doesn’t exhibit any kind of abuse to the consumer. It doesn’t make people feel high. According to studies conducted, still, no pure evidence of health issues on the use of pure CBD is encountered.

CBD VS THC

The molecular structure of both the compounds is the same, possessing 21 carbon atoms, 30 hydrogen atoms, and 2 oxygen atoms. The only difference comes from the way of their arrangement. They both interact with cannabinoid receptors of the body to provide their function. Looking into the nature of their binding with the receptors, we can say that THC binds well with CBD 1 receptor whereas CBD helps to reduce the psychoactive effects of THC to some extent.

Now, with this knowledge in hand, let us look a little deep into it.

Benefits of THC and CBD

Besides, making you feel high, THC also provides some benefits to your body. It promotes the brain to release a neurotransmitter called dopamine. Dopamine is known to cause the feeling of euphoria. Some people may also feel differently, they may experience

  • Relaxation
  • High appetite
  • Altered time perception

Some of the benefits of THC intake are as follows:

  • Used for recreational purposes
  • Used for medical purposes to treat a variety of illnesses. Some of the areas where THC helps to cure includes:
    • Anxiety
    • Depression
    • Insomnia
    • Inflammation
    • Migraine
    • Nausea
    • Vomiting
    • Seizures
    • Poor Appetite

Looking into the good effects and benefits obtainable from CBD, we can see that CBD is used to treat a variety of health problems. Some of the areas of putting CBD to use are as follows:

  • Seizures
  • Anxiety
  • Dystonia
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Crohn's Disease

Even studies have found that CBD counteracts the side effects caused by THC like those of inflammation, insomnia, neuropathic pain, etc.

Some pitfalls of THC and CBD Besides, providing benefits to the body in so many ways, THC also poses certain pitfalls. It can also affect the body adversely.

It may lead people to experience certain conditions like

  • Anxiety
  • Short memory
  • Illusions
  • Learning impairment

Even some studies have found that THC can also be neurotoxic. But it is not always there, the frequent intake of THC increases the density of fibrous connections among neurons. This enhanced connection helps to a great extent to counteract the caused neurotoxicity. But these negative effects of THC are faced by those who consume marijuana very frequently.

Talking about CBD, there are not many but few and slight pitfalls associated with its consumption. One potential pitfall encountered includes the increment of the level of the blood thinner, Coumadin in the blood. Other includes:

  • Nausea
  • Weight loss
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Irritation

Footnote:

CBD and THC neither of them are encountered to cause severe negative health impacts. They even are found to pose certain beneficial health effects. But still before starting to use it get proper consultation with your doctor. The specialist can according to your requirement prescribe the type and dose for your use.