CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) are two of the most well-known cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. While they have similar chemical structures, they have different effects on the body.
THC is the primary psychoactive compound in cannabis and is responsible for the “high” associated with cannabis use. It works by binding to cannabinoid receptors in the brain and nervous system, producing a range of effects including euphoria, relaxation, and altered perception. THC also has pain-relieving, anti-inflammatory, and appetite-stimulating effects.
CBD, on the other hand, is not psychoactive and does not produce a “high”. It works by interacting with the body’s endocannabinoid system to produce a range of therapeutic effects, including pain relief, anxiety reduction, and anti-inflammatory effects. CBD can also counteract some of the negative side effects of THC, such as anxiety and paranoia.
Overall, while THC and CBD both have therapeutic potential, they have different effects on the body and produce different types of effects. It’s important to consult with a healthcare provider to determine which cannabinoid, if any, is right for your individual needs.