WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THC, CBD AND HEMP?
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) are both cannabinoids extracted from the cannabis plant. THC and CBD have different impacts on the body when used. A human’s body actually has its own cannabinoids (endocannabinoids) system. This system includes receptors throughout the body that connect to various systems and bind with cannabinoids that are both naturally occurring in the human body as well as those found in plants like cannabis. Cannabinoids in a marijuana plant interact with the human brain and body’s cell receptors changing how they behave and communicate with each other. This results in cannabis’ role in pain, immune functions, stress, and more. Cannabinoids’ effect on the mind makes them a popular and natural remedy for some psychological and physical disorders. THC and CBD are two primary cannabinoids, commonly known as cannabis. Although they are similar in their chemical composition, THC and CBD have dramatically different effects on the brain and body receptors.
CBD is non-intoxicating, and when used for medical purposes, will relief patients of discomfort without affective cognitive abilities. This means the CBD does not get the person ‘high’ affecting or affect his/her perception and awareness. This quality makes it a popular and appealing option for patients who are looking for treatments without the mind-altering effects.
There is a variety of conditions the CBD can help with, like:
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
THC, on the other hand, is the psychoactive part of marijuana, known for its mind-altering effects, especially when smoked or cooked because it breaks down when heated and introduced to the body.
Research on THC has shown its potential for treating some conditions like:
- Side effects of chemotherapy
- Multiple sclerosis
- Spinal injury
- Chronic pain
- Nausea and vomiting
- Digestive health
Hemp contains a lower concentration of THC and higher levels of CBD. It is mostly used in health foods, organic body care products and other nutraceuticals.
It is advised that you talk to a healthcare practitioner through a one-on-one convenient online consultation.