What’s the real difference between THC and CBD?


The first time you hear of marijuana depending on where you live, you may have mixed feelings. For most especially in traditional countries, marijuana has a bad reputation but in some more liberal places, it has a great reputation. The marijuana industry is a force to be reckoned with. Currently, it boasts a global valuation of $24.6 billion and if that is not enough, it is projected to expand at a compound annual growth rate of 14.3 percent from 2021 to 2028. That is quite some growth rate.

Marijuana owes its growth and continuing popularity to several countries joining the boat of legalizing it especially for medicinal use. You may have heard that it has different strains that do not affect people similarly. The strains you have heard of are probably THC and CBD but do you know the difference and which is best? Here is what you need to know.

The marijuana plant has many cannabinoids

You have probably never heard of the other unpopular cannabinoids. THC and CBD are the most popular but not the only ones.

Some other cannabinoids exist including CBG, THCV and CBN. CBG is similar to CBD in its effects as it is non-psychoactive so you will not get a high from it. It helps with bone formation, slowing tumour growth and has antifungal properties. THCV is a little similar to THC without the high.

Its benefits include anti-convulsive properties and counteracting anxiety. Lastly, CBN is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid that helps with bone tissue growth, acts as a sedative and is anti-inflammatory.

What is THC?

THC is the infamous twin to CBD. THC has psychoactive effects on the body and is known for its high. It is still illegal in most places because of some of its effects such as coordination problems, red eyes and slower reaction time. THC is mostly used for medical and recreational uses.

What is CBD?

CBD is the famous and most loved of the cannabinoids. It is non-psychoactive which means it can be taken without the person experiencing any high. Most people that use cannabis usually go for strains that have higher ratios for CBD to THC. CBD is generally used for clothing and body care purposes.

How are they consumed?

Most people know of smoking as a cigarette route to consuming THC and CBD strains but there are many more options for consumption of these compounds.

The limits are set high when we try to search online for the options we have, as online shops like Grasscity, which have the best experience in this field, have worked hard to find and select the most popular devices and accessories on the market and offer them to those who really want to enjoy consuming this plant, and dab rigs are the ones you should check out if you search for smooth and strong smoking experience.

Other methods of consumption include using a vape to smoke, swallowing the oil, using capsules, applying lotions, using patches and eating infused edibles. There are many options that can suit every user of cannabis depending on your comfortability and budget.

What are the benefits they offer?

Cannabis is seeing a growth in popularity and use because it has some benefits to offer its users.

THC offers some benefits including relieving symptoms such as nausea, insomnia, appetite loss and others. CBD offers a range of benefits as well including helping with epilepsy, pain and inflammation. Crohn’s disease, diabetes and cancer. CBD is especially popular for its positive effects on Dravet’s Syndrome.

Since they both offer benefits, it could be suggested that they are best together. And they are.

Depending on the strains and level of the user, ratios of THC and CBD can be manipulated to get a worthwhile and valuable experience from using them. Most strains for newbies have higher CBD to THC ratios as far as 8:1 while more experienced users may use a 1:1 ratio. It is really on the user to determine what they can manage in terms of the effects of THC.

Conclusion

Cannabis is taking a new spin on the world with more countries joining the party especially for medicinal use.

With more information, it is safe to say some of the bad reputation of cannabis is slowly being dispelled for a more positive use especially because of its medicinal use with epilepsy.

With more knowledge on the differences between THC and CBD and how ratios impact their effects, people can become more open to it. While it is still controversial in most places, the positive impacts are making it hard to ignore legalizing it. Knowing the difference is core to making it more acceptable.

The more you know, the better.

Jeff Campbell

Jeff Campbell is a husband, father, martial artist, budget-master, Disney-addict, musician, and recovering foodie having spent over 2 decades as a leader for Whole Foods Market. Click to learn more about me

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